We had a fantastic family weekend. The Eastern Oregon Celtic Society did a bang up up job of putting on their first Celtic Festival, complete with Highland Games in our community. We were very impressed at the attendance and the quality of music, vendors and reenacters involved.
Here we are at the beginning of the day (before it hit 90+ degrees). I was blessed to find Hailey's kilt and my plaid ensemble at a second hand-shop in our town. By the next day, I convinced Michael to get a kilt, too. He is thinking of participating in the Highland Games next year.
Hailey had the privilege of learning to spin wool with a spinning wheel. She loved it!
Her spun wool.
A nice young man let Josiah try on his armor and weapons he uses in medieval tournaments. Josiah thought he was hot stuff!
Of course Hailey had to try it on, too.
So we had to get Josiah a wooden sword so he could practice.
Of course, Hailey had to have one, too. She'll grow into it. Love this camera angle, so "Lord of the Rings", LOL.
The Confederated Jacobite Clans. They explained the Jacobite history and some of the major battles. They also talked a lot about traditional Highland weaponry and soldiering. Very interesting. These guys must have been roasting!
Firing their muskets. One was a "Brown Bess", 75 caliber. Sounded like a small cannon when it went off.
The Jacobites demonstrated how to make a fire with flint and tender. He got it going. My fire bugs were very interested in that.
Hailey and Josiah decided to do their own Highland charge.
We found this festival to be a great homeschool experience. It really got Josiah interested in learning about Scottish history. He wants a Highland themed birthday party this year, so we are working on getting that put together.
Next I'll be posting on the Highland Games. They were fascinating indeed. Hope you are all having a great week!