March 6, 2007
My fellow reenactors,
First, please note that the July event at the Antique Gas & Steam
Engine Museum has been moved from July 7-8 to July 14-15
at the Museum's request. This is good news for the timeline at Fort
Mac because the annual conflict is eliminated. Of course, this shift
in weekends conflicts with the event at Fort Tejon that same
Frankly, while this conflict is unfortunate in theory, for at least
the last two years and probably more, I can think of no reenactor,
other than may three or four men in the Richmond Howitzers, who
attended the Vista event and who then went to the event at Fort
Tejon the following weekend. Given the fact that the two events are
on the northern and southern edges of the Southern California
reenacting area, they draw from different pools of reenactors, and
when the site host has asked us to change weekends, we have to pay
For this upcoming weekend, I am pleased to announce that we have
more print coverage in the media than we have ever had in the past.
The AAA magazine, "Westways," has listed our event for the first
time. As an example of the difficulty in getting mentioned there, it
has been a yearly annoyance for the Rotary Club when promoting
the Moorpark event to be always bypassed for coverage in "Westways"
for no obvious reason. Regarding newspaper coverage, two newspaper
articles ran last Sunday, one news article ran today, and two more
are planned this week, one of which will be a story in the San Diego
Union Tribune. The Union Tribune has never given us coverage before,
and its greater circulation in the southern part of the county
should be felt at the event.
I am happy to report that we are going to have an indoor
dance for the first time at one of the Museum's spacious
new buildings. Even though we are blessed with a good weather
report, the comfort level will be enhanced at the dance indoors.
Thanks to Ginger Alberti, David Powell and all of the fine musicians
for helping make Saturday evening more enjoyable. Registration fees
of $2.00 will go straight to the band for providing our
The Museum will be offering its $5.00 breakfast on
Saturday and Sunday, as well as its Saturday night dinner.
Those of you wishing to forego the burden of cooking will be able to
For first timers, yes, RV space is available at the site. Firewood
for above ground fires will be provided. A $10.00 allowance in lieu
of hay will be given to horsemen. Arrival after noon on Friday is
Col. Reed Settle has graciously placed the Release and Waiver on his
. Just go to Event Schedule and scroll
down to the Vista event. Minors who will be participating without a
parent present need to have the form signed by a parent before they
Please forward this email to those on your reenactor email list!
We're looking forward to a great weekend. I hope that you are making
plans to attend!