Friday, June 11, 2010

Visiting the Civil War

I've been contemplating the pictures my husband, Phil, took at Greenfield Village over Memorial Day. The whole weekend was dedicated to a Civil War Remembrance and the village was filled with soldiers giving demonstrations and fighting re-enactments.

The grounds of the village were covered with tent communities of people dressed in period costume, living as if they were back in the 1860's. I found the whole experience amazing, not only for the historical value, but for a glimpse into what people do with their discretionary time and income. These people take playing Civil War quite seriously, and can spend some serious cash in the process.

We talked to some of the participants, who were always eager to answer our questions. It's a lifestyle for many of them, involving anywhere from a few weekends to months at a time, traveling to wherever the next event is being held. I was impressed by their commitment and wondered what it would be like to be a part of this community. What is it in many of us that seeks a passion in life beyond what we do for a living? 

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