February 25, 2008

Fort De Chartres

I decided to try a new event this year called the Colonial Trade Faire & musket and Rifle Frolic at the Fort De Chartres historic site in Prairie Du Rocher, IL. (South of Saint Louis not far from the Mississippi). This is a juried event (Meaning you have to pass close scrutiny in order to get in) and from what I've heard they are strict. Actually I know there are strict, here's the rules. I had to send pictures of myself and my equipment so that they could view them and pass judgment upon me.

Today in the mail I received my acceptance letter. The only thing they had a problem with was my capote (a coat made out of wool blankets, French for Cape.) To quote the letter, "Everything looks great except for the capote. I can't see it too well in the picture, but it looks more like a Rocky Mt. Style Mt Man coat VS a more tailored 18th century style capote. If I'm wrong, please let me know as I couldn't see too clearly from the photo."

This is the photo I sent, it was the best I had:


Yea, it sucked. The capote was bought as an Eastern Style capote. I added the black leather cape to it for extra warmth. You'd be surprised how much that cape helps. I made it so it buttoned on, I can easily take it off. I responded via e-mail stating that. If I can't bring it, it stays home, if they say it's okay than I bring it with. It's not that big of a deal. I can always just use a wool blanket and one of the man kilt broaches I have.

Posted by Contagion in Re-enacting life. at February 25, 2008 07:22 PM | TrackBack

Wil says just bring a spare blanket & use it has a matchcoat. It's easier than argueing with them. You shouldn't have attached the cape, that's what screwed you being able to use it.

Posted by: red at February 25, 2008 08:03 PM

If you can find 1st person documentation of the cape, bring the documentation and the capote with cape along. Show it to the Chaussers when you check in. And if they still ixnay it, leave it in the vehicle.

Your gonna love the event. By far the finest in the midwest.

And I told you they aren't arseholes about stuff, either. They could have seen the coat and said "NO, rejury."

Posted by: Petey at February 25, 2008 08:50 PM

Oh, you women!
Always worrying about what to wear!

You look fine! Can we just go now?

(Seriously, though, I'm impressed.)

Posted by: Roses at February 25, 2008 09:45 PM

There is no documentation for the cape, it was something I did because I was at an event where the wind was blowing and I took a piece of leather and wrapped it over my shoulders, it made it much warmer. After the event I made a cape, but I anticipated this, The cape is removeable, it's attached with period buttons (you can see them in the picture), I just unbutton the cape and it comes off.

Posted by: Contagion at February 26, 2008 08:25 AM

Wow! Sounds like a rendezvous to plan for next year!

Posted by: Wes at February 27, 2008 11:27 PM