Over the next year fate seemed determined to keep us from getting on cast. We had all sorts of things pop up, ranging from a Disney Vacation, to over 100 degree fever and other of life’s little problems. We ended up missing the cast call. I did discover that there was a historical non-profit that also worked at the site. This was the Renaissance Living History Center (RLHC). Once I joined up with RLHC I then required a character and profession. Being that I never had done this before I asked around and someone suggested I be the grave-digger. While the morbidity of the job did pique my interest, I thought it might be a grave error to take that profession. The next profession was that of the gardener for the local Baron. I have always enjoyed gardening as a hobby and did know a little about growing vegetables. So, I took that prrofession and assumed my persona of Harry Sodder, I was the gardener for You Know Who.
During time before the faire, where we are getting the site ready I started helping with the construction projects. I helped rebuild the Queen’s Pavilion, rebuilt the stairs to The Dripping Dog Inn, and helped expand the Weaver Shed. My family also, decided to join me helping to get the site ready that they decided they would like to participate as well. They assumed the jobs of Herbalist, for the wife,or at least that was what she was supposed to be, however she ended up working in the weaver’s shed and spinning on a drop spindle and apprentice weavers for the children.
I was introduced to the drop spindle, carding wool, a rigid heddle loom, and a 60 inch broad loom. Over the course of the faire I found myself sitting on a bench outside the Weaver’s Shed carding wool. I enjoyed this since I was able to interact with the visitors on a one on one level. It was amazing to watch the face of the children as they got to touch the raw wool and see how I took the raw wool and stated to make the batts that were to be used on the drop spindle. I also started to use the drop spindle, which was quite amusing and will definitively be a story for later.