So here we are on the first day of 2012, and I'm thinking of the incredibly busy first half of the year ahead. It is going to be a generally busy year overall, but the first five or six months are shaping up to be extremely challenging from a scheduling standpoint. While I can't list every single thing that's already on my schedule, here are a few highlights coming up in the next few months:
*147th anniversary, Second Battle of Fort Fisher, all Navy/Marine living history weekend on January 21-22
*Civil War Naval Symposium, Mariner's Museum, Virginia coinciding with 150th anniversary of the Monitor-Virginia battle on March 9-10. I will be presenting a panel session focusing on North Carolina built Confederate ironclads with two friends.
*150th anniversary, Battle of Fort Macon reenactment on April 21-22.
*OpSail 2012, Norfolk, VA/War of 1812 living history at Fort Norfolk on June 9-10.
*War of 1812 Bicentennial kickoff symposium, Beaufort, NC on June 25-26.
The events I've listed here are only the major, once in a lifetime type of events; it certainly does not include events and programs that I participate annually. On the college front, I'll be teaching a class I've never taught before (Western Civilization II) which means I'll have to sharpen my focus on that. Add to all this that my wife is transitioning into a new job, which will undoubtedly bring changes on the homefront and the next few months are going to be not only busy, but very interesting. Welcome to the new year!