We are getting packed up and ready to go to Florida. The Alafia is a very cool place - not really a flea market - how ever we are allowed to have a trade blanket. I do sell some junk on mine - it is suppose to be a natural kind of material and look somewhat in the time period. I also sell second hand books - they don't have to be old - 'old books' just something pertaining to the time - some times we stretch it and take Louis L'Amour - don't knock it they sell... This year I don't have near as much junk as I used to because we sold out locally in October at a camp close to home.
This camp is a little longer than a week. For the first week only people in period dress can come in. It is sort of like going to Williamsburg, Va with out anybody looking modern. We have shops of all sorts with all manner of merchandise, a school, a church, restaurants, shoe store - all kinds of wonderful hand made items - There are people from all walks of life and all levels of craftsmen there and all parts of the country and some other countries. There are classes of all sorts there. Last year I sat in on a class to learn to tan a deer skin. They have school kids come in on the second Thursday - I sign up as a tour guide unless we are demonstrating the dutch oven baking. I learn ssssoooooo much. One elusive friend we made does some carving in leather, horn, ivory, wood - Philip is so historically correct - so much detail. Sssssoooooo expensive. And he loves scones - this year he has promised some pecans for some maple apple pecan scones. I am hoping he comes through.
On the last Friday and Saturday tourists are allowed in so we will be baking cherry chocolate scones those days. We bake until we run out of ingredients. Last year it was early in the day.
I love looking at the way people dress. Some really go all out and dress fancy - some dress all in leather - some go for looking rich - some go Scottish - Indian - One year we had the general from Norway dressed in his historic uniform and he and another soldier marched around the commons carrying a period gun every day.
The Scottish have a day of games and events - I love the pipes and the parade.
For those who like to shoot there is a range. There are ladies games and children's games. All with nice prizes.
The public never gets to see some of the most fun stuff or the truly great hand made items (those often get snatched up right away) Even my good junk gets snatched up on the first day. There is a mock court - it some times gets quite out of hand.... There are concerts and parties in the evenings. There are some people who cook wonderful pot luck feasts. One night there is a huge Indian dance. There are other dances as well. On the really cold night, we like to sit around a heater inside a big tent 'til all hours and play dominoes with some friends we see once a year.