It was another great weekend at our Fort Stevens living history event. A big thanks to everyone who could make it and for all of their participation working with public each day. There was a lot of visitors for all of our many demonstrations and presentations. This weekend included bayonet drill, target shooting, drill led by Sgt. Spiekerman, shooting YouTube videos, capture the flag, photo shoots, and of course our annual tradition of visiting the battery tunnels late at night. This year, our trip to the cave-dark tunnels included a reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado. Corporal Hardway's team won at capture the flag, but I managed to get a delightful surprise bayonet "kill" before losing. This weekend also saw the reveal of my prototype of a portable winter quarters that Private Cook got to call home making this the first event his tent didn’t fall over. Private Glasgow provided great public entertainment not only with his presentations, but also his demonstrations at the targets on the range. I managed to “shoot” him once and even “shot” his cup out of his hand, winning me a $5 bet from Corporal Soderling.
The weather was ideal all weekend and the park took wonderful care of us. As usual at Stevens, we got some interesting public comments and questions. This year’s top comments went to Abby who was thought to be an animatronic doll. The other happened when Corporal Hardway was napping under that fly and a child asked, “Is that a real person?” Aside from the silly, the public was wonderful, curious, and working with the Fort continues to a pleasure and an honor.
It’s hard to believe our regular reenacting season is already over, but I’m sure we’ll be working on private events to keep bringing us together over the off season.By