I've been noticeably missing from the blog-world lately; many, many projects in progress, but none that can be revealed just yet.
And I realized I never shared anything form the 2nd annual Baseball & Bathing weekend, so here's part 1!
Grand Hotel hosts period baseball games, using 1860's rules - a great excuse to dress in our finery and provide some period spectators.
We were a slightly larger group this year and just look at our handsome escorts:
It was a lovely day for a baseball and a picnic, a bit warm, so we were fortunate to find a bit of shade to spread our blankets and our wonderful "spread" of lunch.
Our repast included chicken "patties" - chicken salad in pastry shells - a receipt from Miss Eliza Leslie's cookbook, blackberry pie made from fresh picked berries, fresh baked bread with preserves, vegetable bounty from the garden and a bit of hothouse fruit too!
Who knew that fruit could lead to such scandalous behavior!
We also enjoyed some rousing rounds of battledore - great fun!
The baseball teams use a progression of period rules, including a set form 1868, so it made a great reason to wear my 1868 dress. And as Mackinac is a "Watering Place", I could get away with wearing a hat, even at my advanced age. My plan was to wear a fanchon bonnet, but it didn't get finished in time (and still isn't), so it was hat or nothing.
A gentleman on the Island is developing his period photography skills and was pleased to models dressed in period styles.
Those good looking gentlemen again!
Heading up the hill, to don our bathing costumes - part 2, coming soon!