9/30/17- Y'all, we just had THE best day. In what I think will probably become my new birthday tradition, we attended the Feast of the Hunters Moon, which is a festival commemorating the Fall Meeting which used to take place at Fort Ouiatenon (where it is held) between the Native American tribes and the French in the mid-1700s. They are very realistic in their portrayal of the people, cultures, and lifestyles that existed on the French and English colonial frontier in the Great Lakes region during that time. It was like a serious, non-creepy Ren Fest (no carnies, Whit!) set in a different time period. All the food was real, old (delicious!) recipes.
We saw a pipe and drum corps (one of Baylor’s favorite parts of the day), watched the Highlands games, watched a Native American pow-wow and learned a dance, sang along with a folk band that regaled us with many verses of Yankee Doodle and the original version of “The Battle of New Orleans”, ate some delicious snacks (voyageur stew, apple dumplings, spiced tea, home made root beer, etc), learned to play dulcimer (well- Baylor did), and visited many of the HUNDREDS of tents of people selling homemade items related to that era. There were reenactments happening everywhere. The smoke from campfires everywhere was think and strong. It felt as close to going back in time as you could possibly get I think.
It was really so SO cool. We all really enjoyed it. Baylor was in a great mood and really got into everything we were doing. I was so impressed- there were tens of thousands of people there , but it was so we’ll run that you could get food relatively easily, have a close look at anything you wanted to see, and easily interested with the participants that were there to help us learn about the time and cultures. It was really remarkable and we will definitely be going back.
We even saw Baylor’s teacher, Ms. Jessica while we were there! In the middle of the pow-wow as we were learning a dance, there she was, with her daughter and husband. So they came over afterwards to say hello and chat with Baylor for a few minutes, which made his day, of course.
After we left, we went and got some real food at a local Irish pub, drove around Purdue’s campus for a while and showed Baylor the football field. The following exchange occurred while we were there:
Michael: “Baylor, look out your window! It’s the football field!”
Baylor: “Oh, weawy?…. Where is Aubie?”
M: “Aubie isn’t here, buddy. Aubie is at Auburn. This is Purdue. Purdue Pete is here.”
B: “PETE?! hahahaha Daddy, you so silly. Pete is not a word!”
And then he started singing “Glory Glory to Ole Auburn.” That’s my boy!
Then we finally headed home- full, tired a little sunburnt, and with a great memory in the books. See you next year, Feast.