September 8th, 2007

Viking Spongebob

Excursion to the Past

In a few hours, my sweeties and I head off to New Salem. New Salem is a reconstructed 1830s village where Abraham Lincoln spent early manhood. It's about 30 miles from where I grew up (and my ancestors lived in and around the village). At its height, it was bigger than Chicago. I love it, regularly visited for over four decades, and it's probably the primary reason I got into living history. If you're in the midwest of the States and haven't gone, shame on you! For more information, http://www.lincolnsnewsalem.com/.

This weekend they are having a music and dancing fest. My little sweetie is a dancing fool. When we visited it and the Lincoln Presidential Library (which you should also go to; http://www.state.il.us/hpa/lib/) a few months ago, she saw it on the schedule and said we should go. Miss Julie is coming along because she loves New Salem as well. The weather is iffy, but it should be a fun time! If you're in the area and interested in music or dance, stop on by; I am especially interested to see how many dances familiar from medieval and revwar reenacting was still being danced and how they changed!

ADDED: beautiful day, lots of music, no dancing. they had the bluegrass festival today and will have dancing tomorrow. They never mentioned that in any publicity. Oh well, we had a good time anyway!