And we’re really hoping, with all the promotional work we’ve done, to have more public come and watch the reenactment. I can’t wait to see the turnout!
I know, I know, I keep writing about reenacting. That’s because the fall is our busiest time of year. I tell you what…I keep feeling like all I do is 18th century laundry. Well, and diapers. I’m always washing diapers.
But here’s the thing:
Forest Glen is my favorite event!
(The event is called the Vermilion Valley Encampment, but it’s in Forest Glen County Preserve, near Danville, IL. A lot of reenactors call it Danville, and some call is Forest Glen. So I’m referring to it as Forest Glen/Danville.)
This event only happens every other year. So if you are within driving distance of the eastern, central part of Illinois, follow these directions and meet us out here, September 21st and 22nd, between 10am and 5pm.
(Seriously, use the directions. GPS’s aren’t very dependable out here). Don’t let that stop you. Honestly, if you follow the directions, it’s very simple to find, and it’s the most authentic reenacting site we have. The woods lend a very real feel to the whole thing.
Now, I am more than a little biased. My sister-in-law and I have been working our butts off to promote this event to Vermilion County. We’ve put up posters, made multiple road signs, contacted schools, and made sure the directions were easily accessible on the NWTA website.
My other sister-in-law has put together a first aid seminar for reenactors in the evening.
My father-in-law…well, this event is really his pride and joy. He’s been working on the the already awesome battlefield and it’s going to be, well, awesome! (Can you tell I’m excited?)
There is a French and Indian War event the same weekend, called Koh Koh Mah. But I’m trusting that the NWTA members, especially the Illinois Regiment (since this is Worthington Company’s hosted event), won’t bail on us. It would be so awful if we really got the public to come out this year, but had a sad turnout of reenactors. I’m really hoping the NWTA members won’t do that to us.
Koh Koh Mah happens every year. Forest Glen/Danville doesn’t.