authenticity or accessability
- Besty and List,
I'm with Scott... For me I strive for 100% during the day. I'll play as
much of the soldier as anyone else. There are some exceptions that I will
make... for instance when it is 90+ degrees I will be out in shirt sleeves
and straw hat(which for the period is wrong) but in the interest of
personal health (avoiding heatstroke) this is the only way to go.
As far as camp equipment goes it all depends on the event. At Stoney Creek
my family is there so we have more extraneous kit to bring but anything
that is not period we try to keep hidden (other than some of my sons toys).
At night we relax the standard a bit and some modern food, snacks and
drinks may appear. I have done some very hard core events where we carry
everything we need and march or row into position.
I strive for authenticity out of personal enjoyment and pride. I've found
in my years of reenacting that the public don't care a great deal about
whether your coat is hand sewn or not. There is the odd person who has a
genuine interest but they are rare.
We also don't lower the bar for anyone entering our group. It takes just as
much work to make a uniform properly as it does to do otherwise so it may
as well be done right the first time. We are lucky in our unit in that
everyone in the group can make something so any new recruit dosen't have to
buy very much from the sutlers. A new recruit and his fighting order a
tip-top from the first time he marches.
Chosen Man - Royal Newfoundland Reg't, Lt. Coy
Private - Glengarry Light Infantry
- Sean wrote ..
> At night we relax the standard a bit and some modernWhoa Sean, you struck a nerve with this one. I think
> food, snacks and drinks may appear.
my biggest pet peeve as a re-enactor is seeing the
camp chairs & relaxed dress code come out when the
tourists go home. Really the only time we re-enactors
have a chance to experience those "special moments"
where we're surrounded by authenticity IS AFTER the
tourists leave. Nothing gets my goat worse than seeing
somebody slip on Nikes and turn on the tape player
while his tenage kids completely forsake the period
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