I've done this deconfliction thing for our end of the
hobby for the last ten years, and you'll notice I
have very little hair remaining on this head of mine.
Let me pass along some skinned knees and scraped
elbows type of advice.
A few things to keep in mind is the scale of the event
in terms of the local, regional, or national
attraction, as well was the scale of other events in
that timeframe. It helps to know your market, too. Do
your guys think nothing of hopping in a car and
hauling one way 15 hours to an event? Is "regional"
simply a 100 mile trip? If 2006 is any indication,
more and more of the road runners are looking for
something closer to home.
You asked for a date between May and mid-August. By
now, you have probably created a simple document with
dates, event names, and places. That is the biggest
help I have next to a 3' x 4' At-A-Glance Wall
Calendar. I don't keep up with NE events, so you need
to do that yourself.
I do feel the need to let you in on at least one event
date that isn't widespread, and that is the 4-6 May
Wilderness NPS LH which is the substitute for the
previously announced, lettered, and sealed
Spotsylvania NPS LH. Seems the park was surprised with
the letting of a multi-year major road network
reconstruction and parking lot expansion contract.
Better to find that out now, than next March or April.
The NPS offered us the Wilderness in 2007, a good shot
at another Chancellorsville in 2008, and moved the
Spotsylvania LH to 2009. These places have not been
tramped to death by reenactors. If you are the lest
bit interested in a living history that will cover a
good deal of ground (if you were at the Antietam LH in
2003 or 2nd Bull Run LH in 2006, then you know what I
mean) shoot an email to Jeff Johannes at
as he is the event coordinator.
Looking ahead, 20-22 July 2007 is 2nd Kernstown. The
25th Anniversary Mumford event is most likely that
same weekend or the weekend before, but the museum
real good about dates and information. The Slaughter
Pen is 26-28 October, and I see it is being marketed
as "After the Battle" on the various fora. Cross off
a couple of weekends for Something in the Valley in
June, a pair of Antietams, and not many free weekends
appear. As a side note, Doug Oakes (LHG) is also
looking for a calendar hole for the next one of his
events, and that will most likely be August.
Incidently, that event is slated to be located close
to I-81 between Syracuse and Binghamton. If anyone is
interested in the latter, email Doug Oakes at
I don't know if this is much help, but I tried to hit
the highlights knowing most of the folks up there
aren't going to attend Vicksburg MS, Pilot Knob MO,
Chickamauga GA, or similar events during that
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