Judi and I visited the Scugog Shores Museum and their Pioneer Fall Fair. We were impressed with village interpreters and how they assumed the identity of the pioneers they were portraying. It wasn’t just the costumes. It was the little things. The way they spoke. The knowledge they displayed about their tasks and staying within character during conversations with visitors.
We have visited quite a few
re-enactments and pioneer villages and they all seem to attract people who have
these characteristics in common! Re-enactors and village interpreters are, in
most cases, unpaid volunteers. They do it for the love of history and they have
a lot of fun doing it! Just think, they are portraying our forefathers in the
heat of summer! No air-conditioned buildings! Dressed in “hot” old fashioned
materials! I asked one re-enactor how he coped with the wool uniform he was
wearing. He just shrugged and smiled and said “You get use to it after a
while!” I wondered what he meant by “after a while”! Did he mean when the
leaves started to fall and it was time to stoke up the coals in the fireplace?
No matter, these wonderful, dedicated historians continue to keep our past
vivid and alive! Thank goodness there are people out there that care so much!
If anyone reading this article is interested in becoming a village interpreter
or re-enactor, the pioneer villages and re-enactment groups are always looking
for new volunteers. Just contact your nearest pioneer village and they can
steer you in the right direction. Who know, the next time Judi and I visit a
pioneer village or re-enactment, we might be snapping a picture of you! If we
are, let us know.