Friday, August 19, 2011

Sunday Hives 2012!

Announcing The Hive 2012!

Here's the schedule for the Sunday Hives at Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, MA. The Sunday sessions are free of charge to reenactors and Park Volunteers. See our website prior to Hive dates for exact locations and directions as well as changes/cancellations due to weather.  For questions and additional information email

***Stay tuned for the Saturday and weekend workshop sessions, we'll be posting them later this week***
Sunday January 15, 2012
Lectures 1pm–1:45pm
18th Century Hosiery
An in-depth look at 18t century leg wear, including stockings for men and women. From production thru distribution, this very important and often overlooked accessory will be explored in great detail.  Speaker: Carol Kocian
Kit Tune-up: Men
New to the hobby or perhaps your kit just needs some tweaking; this lecture will explore the ins and outs of obtaining a good kit for Battle Road, and help you make appropriate choices and avoid expensive mistakes.
Getting Started for Women & Children
Are you new to the hobby?  This lecture will explore the basic clothing needs of women and children and help the newcomer assemble an authentic kit for themselves and their families. 
“Had on When She Ran Away”
Expanding the usefulness of garment data in runaway advertisements.  Recently published in Textile History, the author will be sharing her research and the methodology used in collecting and analyzing runaway data, with a special focus on fabrics, their frequency and use in particular garments.
Speaker: Rebecca Fifield
Clinics 2pm–4pm
Breeches Fitting
Period breeches fit snugly around the leg and feel just below the knee. Bring in your off-the-rack breeches and learn how to make them have a more period correct (and flattering) appearance.  No sewing experience necessary
Kit Tune up
New to reenacting or does you kit need a tune-up? Join our team for an overview of Battle Road clothing standards. Separate clinics for men, women and children.
Fine Tune Your Bayonet Scabbard
Make some simple changes to your scabbard will make it more period correct.
Making an Apron*
An easy beginner project and a great refresher for experienced sewers.  An apron is an essential part of a woman’s wardrobe; let’s make a new one!

Making a Market Wallet*
Sewing 101 for men.  Learn basic hand sewing stitches as you make a practical and useful item for your kit.
Using Props as Interpretive Tools for Living History
Sometimes when talking to the public it’s hard to know where to start. We’ll look at the things you know about, like your clothing, your musket and other props as a way of breaking the ice and feeling confident in your interpreting.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Lectures 1pm–1:45pm
“Good Day”
The first part of this Hive will explore 18th century speech patterns. Since they didn’t leave us tape recordings of how they actually sounded, we will listen to examples of period writings to get a better sense of how they really talked. Each 20 minute session will be repeated three times to allow participants to enjoy all three performances.
Life’s A Stage
The Hive Players will perform a period comedy for your amusement. Our skit will  introduce you to 18th century humor as well as the use of a wide range of common expressions.
Dear Diary
Diaries can be an essential element in portraying a particular person of the 18th century. Our speakers will share their process of building their personae using original 18th century diaries and documents.
Once Upon a Time…
What better way to learn how people expressed themselves than in period literature? You will hear excerpts of favorites from our Hive instructors.
Clinics 2pm – 4pm
Develop your 18th century persona as we review how to walk, sit, stand and cross a room. Making a bow and giving a courtesy are not second nature to us, but practice does make perfect! Instructors: Elizabeth and Matthew Mees
Binding a Pocketbook*
Learn the fine points of binding an 18th century pocketbook. Master bookbinder Dave Kinghorn will show you how to make a period correct notebook to keep in your pocket.
*Indicates pre-registration necessary and materials fees

Linen Neckstock*
A gentleman’s neckstock is the 18th century equivalent of a necktie, made of pleated linen and closed with a buckle, This class will teach all the construction essentials necessary to make a neckstock for a gentleman.  Instructor: Stephanie Smith,
Trimming a Woman’s Straw Hat*
Learn some simple techniques of trimming a woman’s straw hat.  Hats and Ribbons available, Instructor: Hallie Larkin
Sunday March 11, 2012
All Things Tavern!
This entire Hive Sunday will be devoted to exploring the many facets of 18th century taverns.  This promises to be a fun and informative Hive programs, don’t miss it!
Topics will include:
Licenses & General Operation
Who could run a tavern and what made a tavern different from an inn or coffee house? How did you get a license in Massachusetts?
Potent Potables: Tea, Rum & Spirits
Learn about the beverages that are synonymous with the Revolution. Where they came from, how they were drunk, and who drank them.  Speaker: Emily Murphy
What is punch? What are the ingredients? Need a receipt? How to drink it and how to serve it!  Speaker:  Sabra Welch
Money, Money, Money
Pennies, pounds, shillings, dollars, pistoles, escudos… Colonial currency can be completely confusing! Speaker: Matthew Mees
We’ll take a look at the songs that really were sung in taverns
Learn about games of chance, lotteries and cards.
Interpreting a Tavern
When putting together the elements of a good tavern impression, what are the basic requirements?
Myth Busting
Fact or Fiction? Many of our ideas of tavern life are based on Hollywood and their interpretation.  What is the real story?
* Indicates materials cost and need to pre-register 

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