Friday, April 20, 2007

Gearing Up

Well, starting next weekend, our merry little band known as Ship's Company of the Roanoke will embark on a stretch that will include three programs in four weeks, and further, four programs in six weeks. Two of these four are considered "maximum effort," meaning we expect everyone who can show up to do so. It is stretches like this that really test our mettle as a unit. Its great being able to see everyone so much, but you also have to be very careful that you don't start falling into a rut, so to speak. Here's the upcoming schedule with commentary.

April 28-29, Battle of Plymouth (NC)
This is an event where we get to simply shoot our guns (a lot). Its a powder burner and usually the only one of that we do all year. Most of our focus is living history, but this offers us a chance to play, both in the field and on some boats.

May 5, NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort
This is a timeline living history program, where we will cover RevWar, 1812, and Civil War. Attendance so far is not looking great, but we'll put on a good show nonetheless.

May 19, Historic Edenton (NC)
We will be giving this site the first Civil War program they've ever had. Interesting considering that their main focus is the colonial and Federal periods and they are one of NC's oldest towns. But, there was some Civil War action in the area and they want to shed light on it. Great for us!

June 2, Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro (NC)
We do a couple of living history programs each summer at this park and any time period is appropriate. These programs are always among the most laid back that we do because we are never overrun with visitors, but still see a lot of good folks.

As you can see, we'll be busy, though a lot of these are one-day programs. We love what we do, and we're going to be doing a lot of it in the near future.

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