Monday, September 24, 2012

Feast of the Hunter's Moon 2012-1

We had a glorious day for the Feast of the Hunter's Moon on Saturday.  Everywhere we walked, we heard people talking about "perfect Feast weather" which is cool and breezy.

After the rain on Friday, the forest along the Wabash River was all washed and ready for her visitors.

Fort Quiatenon (pronounced wee-ott-i-non) was the most southern of the French military and trading posts from Canada . 

We don't often think of the French as being part of the history of the Midwest but they were the first Europeans to settle this part of the country and were a presence until the American Revolution.

The Feast is one of the largest historical reenactment festivals in the country.  The most recent stats I could find was on Wikipedia which said in 2004 there were approx. 8,000 participants and 60,000 people attending.

We always try to get on one of the earliest shuttle buses to make certain we see the Opening Ceremonies and the Landing of the Voyagers.  That makes for a very long day and we arrived home very tired... but it was worth it.  :)

Below are some of my favorite pictures and I will share more tomorrow.   Most of today's pictures are from the Opening Ceremonies with a couple showing preparation of the food.

Absolutely one of my favorite days of the year when I can attend.

Tomorrow I will share pictures of the Landing on the Wabash River and the fun of meeting a special blog friend.  :)


Vee said...

Beautiful photos...the colors of the day must be seared into memory as they are vivid and clear. Learned something...had no idea about the early French settlers in your area. We have many French settlers in my corner and so I have some French ancestry.

Hope that you'll describe the things you ate, too!

Jane said...

It looks like an amazing event! Had never heard of it, so happy to learn about this part of our nation's history.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I love history and these kinds of events!

I am glad you had such a wonderful time....


Anonymous said...

So glad you and "hubby" got to do something you really enjoy and had such a beautiful day for it. Makes for a wonderful memory.
Blessings, Sharon D.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

How exciting! Love such reenactments, and had no idea this was so enormous! And how wonderful to have the perfect day for everyone to enjoy the festival!

Nana said...

Hi Brenda;
The pictures are beautiful!! I could almost hear the bagpipes! Please tell us about the food you ate, did I see Buffalo Stew?? Love and Hugs, Nana.

Anita said...

What an exciting event! I'm glad you got to attend. Your pictures are so bright and colorful!