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  • Canons roar and Pirates perform in celebrations civil and medieval

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    Canons will roar in Hastings!
    Canons will roar in Hastings!

    This weekend in Hastings, Michgan the canons will roar at the annual Hastings Civil War Muster in Charlton Park, while less than thirty miles away the Blackrock Renaissance Summerfest at The Olde World Village in Augusta, Michigan will be celebrating with medieval merriment and mayhem.

    Olde World Village manager Mike Wkii with The Weird Review's Staff Model, Minion, and Sidekick, Lillian Fox
    Olde World Village manager Mike Wkii with The Weird Review’s Staff Model, Minion, and Sidekick, Lillian Fox

    For a fiver on July 19 and 20, 2014, you can go to Charlton park where they have moved in old buildings from the 1800’s  and have recreated a beautiful, historic town complete with chapel, general store, houses, and during the Civil War Muster, Union and Rebel camps.  They present demonstrations, seminars, 18th century fashions, and a pitched battle in the town square where everyone can watch from the safety of the hillside.

    When visiting camps be sure to identify yourself as friend or foe!
    When visiting camps be sure to identify yourself as friend or foe!

    Visitors will also want to visit the Suttler’s camp where those reenactors of a more commercial nature will peddle their wares to the soldiers as well as the visiters from modern America who will love the crafted, cooked, concocted, and curious items as well as replica and authentic antique items for sale.  In the evening they have music and dancing and then, later, the Emerald Pheasant Saloon will be open for refreshments, cards, and general carrying on.

    Music on the courthouse steps
    Music on the courthouse steps

    Just a short distance away you can enjoy another era of music, mirth, and medieval markets as the Blackrock Renaissance Summerfest continues its second week.  At blackrock you can see acrobatics, pirates, and sword fights.  There is even real jousting with knights in armor charging one another on horseback.  The splinters fly as the knights do battle to show their prowess to the royalty, peasants, and honored guests who attend their contests.

    You may even find a familiar face of wizardry at the Blackrock Renaissance Summerfest!
    You may even find a familiar face of wizardry at the Blackrock Renaissance Summerfest!

    Further to the north is another entire village within the village, The Viking Encampment, where the Vikings of the Great Lakes have staked their claim.  you can drop by and see the Norse ladies and gents as they demonstrate the life in a traditional viking village.

    Ladies keeping house in the Norse Village
    Ladies keeping house in the Norse Village

    You will want to stop by Moore’s Rolling Smokehouse where they  specialize in smoked ribs, chicken, pork, brisket, and they have some of the best brats around.  Elsewhere in the Olde World Village you can sink your teeth into a hickory smoked barbeque sandwich or feast on the chili or other soup in an old fashioned bread bowl at the Hickory Hut!

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    All around the Olde World Village you can visit the various wonderful shops such as, The Crafty HatterUnicorn’s GardenSkullduggery Overseas Trading CompanyFellowship Foundry, and Yulanda’s Soy Comfort Candles.  You definitely want to check out the leather works of Gere Hakon and say hi to the Weird Review’s own Model, Minion, and Sidekick, Lillian Fox, who will be modeling items mad by Gere and from Beckalyn’s Masquerade.

    This is certain to be a great weekend to visit Charlton Park or The Olde World Village but better still, visit both!

     

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  • The Civil War Comes to Charlton Park!

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    On July 16th and 17th, as foretold in a recent article on weirdreview.com, the drama and terror of the Civil War spilled over into Charlton Park.  Soldiers, Canons, and lovely ladies in Civil War era acoutrements engaged in the Battle for Brandy Station.  Union Soldiers marched into the town looking for a deserter.  They were met by the mayor who insisted they leave his town alone, but the commander of the invading units demanded they assist him in finding their AWOL soldier and vowing to loot and pillage if they failed to assist.

    The drunken solder was found in the tavern and brought out into the village green where, to the shock of the ladies present, he was shot and killed without mercy.  True to his word, the commander ordered the village looted and pillaged.  One brave lady ran while her home was being looted to warn the children to hide.  Unfortunately she was too late and the children were already being shepherded in mass into the village green.  A few, brave Confederate horsemen made a bold effort to hold off the Yanks while their foot soldiers made their way to the village.  They held them off long enough to allow the children to get off the battle field and then their compatriots arrived.

    It was a quick but bloody battle and the Union outnumbered them four to one.  Sadly the invading Union Army left their bloody tracks on the bodies of men, women, and children as they carried away the hard earned treasures of the villages men, women, and children.

    Yesterday, our war correspondent shot documentary footage of the sad event as well as photos.  The video documentary was set to the music  Impartial by the Clockwork Dolls.  More to come as our correspondent did an interview after the battle with a few brave soldiers from the South.