acting as costumed, historical re-enactment participants for riley's lock along the c&o canal. (this article sums up nicely what the girls do.)
many of the scouts in our troop wanted to participate, so we prepared the girls by learning period songs and dances for children. they selected some of the activities they wanted to present to visitors, and they all had sessions with me to learn some history about the items in and around the lockhouse and the canal. discussion about the chamber pots was especially lively.
we had enough girls to split up into two groups. the "paw paws" and "persimmons" each had the chance to don period clothing (provided by the program - we just had to inform them of our sizes and make sure to launder afterward) and act as young docents to give tours to and answer questions from passers-by and visitors. the other shift strolled along the path both up and down river to investigate nature finds.
i was one of the lucky mamas who accompanied a leader and her group of girls.
|view of the potomac|
|investigating the lock space|
|the potomac again. diana thought this particular view was framed nicely by the trees.|
|can you see the bird?|
|two birds: one a blue heron, the other an egret|
|the colors and patterns reminded taryn of a snickerdoodle|
|now that's a leaf!|
|diana and fellow guides|
|making a sweet sachet for a visitor: fabric, lace, and broken cinnamon sticks|
|this held the delicious lemonade: the girls sliced the lemons, squeezed the juice, and added just the right amount of water and sugar|