Truth be told, I love attending the OSV event. The staff there is so accommodating and friendly, the site beautiful, the visitors are curious and engaged. Best of all I get to visit with friends and meet new people and spread the Hive message. And I do see improvements in clothing, sometimes where you would least expect it. To those who tried to make upgrades to their kits - great job keep up the good work! On the other hand, do rags were back, bodices never left, and coats were far and few between. It's clear our message isn't reaching a certain segment of the reenacting population.
So that brings me back to standards and another thorny issue -- legacy events. Imposing standards on legacy events is incredibly difficult. There are ways of doing it, however there are consequences. It takes time, lots of work, patience and perseverance. On one end of the spectrum is the Battle Road model. Create standards, phase them in along with education, inspections and a little peer pressure. That worked for Battle Road 2000, but two years later when the pressure was off, things slipped backwards. That's when we started the Hive to address the slippage and to keep moving the ball forward. It works, but the time and effort that goes into just maintaining the standards is immeasurable. And, all in all, compliance is less than you might expect.
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