A Capital Affair (long post)
Posted by Marie-Bernadette on May 19, 1998 at 16:15:45:
Over the weekend I had the pleasure and honour of attending the Event at Fort York. I hope to soon post pictures of the event: people performing period dances, a Jane Austen luncheon, lines of Red Coats on the march (including our Captain Everett, who is a most dignified and mannerly Gentleman) and other things which may be of interest to Pemberleyans.
My experiences were fascinating and varied. On Saturday I watched as our Captain engaged in a Duel. With the utmost style and grace, he emerged triumphant. Pistols were the weapon of choice.
As hinted at above, there were graceful Ladies and Gentlemen demonstrating the dances of the time and I had a chance to try my hand, or rather, foot, at some of the more simple dances which was very enjoyable.
Close to evening I was given the priveledge of donning a red tunic and marching onto the battlefield with the men. A most heart-pounding and thrilling experience, even whilst knowing that the cartridges were blanks! There is much smoke to obscure the vision and one must take care not to trip over the bodies that get strewn about. I was proud to wear a Red Coat!
Captain Everett was so good as to shew me the method of firing a Musket and instructed me as I loaded and fired the weapon. Great fun, but mind the black powder-- it does not readily wash off one's hand.
A fife and drum provided splendid evening entertainment and there was a great feeling of comradery as everyone joined in the singing. An exceptionally amusing song was sung by the men, who also performed humourous accompanying gestures, and I felt that my sides would surely burst with laughter. However, I will not risk offending the good citizens of Pemberley by further describing this most ripping and hilarious of spectacles.
On Sunday I had the good fortune to accompany Captain Everett to an exceedingly delightful Officer's Luncheon prepared by Mr. Barry Sandler, who will subsequently be refered to as 'The Colonel'. All of the dishes were made using recipes from The Jane Austen Cookbook. The Colonel said that it was just a little picnic, but I tell you, dear reader, I cannot recall when I last dined so well! There was Smoked Salmon, Asparagus made in the Italian style and garnished with nasturtium pods and mustard sauce, tasty little meat pies with paté, Ham with a raisin sauce, a Cabbage salad, bread and butter, and for afters there were Tea Cakes, dried fruits (peaches, prunes, apricots and apples) and cheese. Negus was served for a libation. The repast was pleasingly presented and absolutely delectable. I found the society greatly agreeable and possessed of much wit and humour. The attentive Serving Man danced attendance on us and was even so good as to make a table of himself when one of the officers was at a loss as to where to set his plate.
The Colonel was so gracious as to allow the Servant to 'rent the spoon' and personally tossed (literally) a few tea cakes to the fine men of the Glengarry Light Infantry who responded accordingly with much growling and squabbling over said cakes.
On the whole, it was a Capital weekend. Everyone was very kind and polite to me and spoiled me terribly.
- Black powder and other Hot Stuff. Caroline 13:19:44 5/21/98 (1)
- The Song Marie-Bernadette 14:23:54 5/21/98 (0)
- It sounds wonderful, lucky you! (nfm) Sarah P 11:30:28 5/20/98 (0)
- Lucky thing! Pardon my drool..... (NFM) JennieC 17:50:51 5/19/98 (1)
- Did I mention that I had Gentlemen kissing my hand too? nfm Marie-Bernadette 00:09:59 5/20/98 (0)
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