Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bustle Picnic

Prepare for yet another "event" post!  There hasn't been much time for me to make things, but I finally have something to wear to events, so there might be more event write-ups in the future than clothing write ups.

This particular picnic was in mid-September (it was hot).  It was held by the HCA at a park with a lake, so it was quite picture-esque (and the pictures I took would have been very lovely had I positioned myself so that the modern cars were not visible in the pictures).  Since the HCA is mainly a Civil War civilians reenacting group, the bustle gowns there were a mix of 1860s dresses modified to bustle and 1870s/80s dresses that were actual bustles.  I would not have been able to tell that that 1860s dresses were, in fact, 1860s dresses had I not seen them just a few weeks earlier as 1860s dresses at a reenactment (which you will never see pictures of, by the way.  I look horrible).


A simple picnic is never a simple picnic.  Everyone brought blankets and tables and chairs and actual dishes and cutlery (I brought bright yellow plastic dishes) and it was lovely.



There were some games going on as well.  These two below competed in a sack race (stick your legs into a sack or a pillowcase, jump to the finish line).

Methinks one of them is cheating.

Mrs. H is proof that you can do it in a bustle.  



Posing...

... for a picture.
And finally, a note about safety.  Southern California is hot in mid-September.  Heck, most places are hot in mid-September.  However, regardless of where you are and what time of year it is, you need to be prepared for the heat (or the cold, but I'm going to talk about the heat right now because it's applicable).  I've taken the following tips straight from the website of the 33rd Regiment of Foot's website (they are a Revolutionary War reenacting regiment, but heat is heat, and their tips are good):

"Heat Illness Prevention
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • The average person loses between one and two quarts of fluid an hour in perspiration during heavy exertion in hot weather.
  • The only way to replace the fluid loss (and help the body continue to cool itself) is to drink water.
  • Don't wait until thirsty to drink water. Being thirsty is not a good signal for the need to hydrate.
  • Drink water instead of soda. Avoid substituting soft drinks, coffee, or other drinks containing caffeine or sugar.
Heat Illness
  • Know the nearest cool resting place.
  • Get out of the sun or away from the source of heat and find a cool, preferably well ventilated resting place if you are starting to overheat or need to cool down.
  • Wear light-colored, loose fitting, long-sleeved shirt, light-colored pants, UV sunglasses, and if appropriate, other protective equipment.
  • Wear a wide brim hat (baseball caps do not cover the ears and neck.)
  • Use sunscreen or sun block and reapply as needed.
  • Eat light meals. Hot, heavy meals add heat to the body.
Heat Stroke
  • A life-threatening emergency that occurs when the body overheats to a point where its temperature control system shuts down and heat builds up internally.
  • The signs of impending heat stroke are altered behavior, convulsions, unconsciousness and, usually, lack of sweating.
  • Should these symptoms occur, seek medical help immediately.
When someone is exhibiting symptoms of heat illness:
  • Stop and get them into a shaded area that is open to the air or ventilation.
  • If they are concious, encourge fluid intake.
  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Take immediate steps to cool the person such as using cool moist towels or douse the person with water to bring the body temperature down.
Never leave a person with heat illness unattended."

Please, please, please be safe.

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