The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation generously offers a weekend of training for Jamestown Fort costumed interpreter volunteers. They offer essential classes such as A General History of Jamestown, Black Powder Safety, and an Introduction to Onsite Learning. Other offerings were A Laudable Form of Government: The 1619 General Assembly, Women in 17th Century Virginia, Provisioning the Colony, The English Military Experience at Jamestown, Advanced Methodolgy: Role Playing as an Interpretive Technique, Artillery, Historical Clothing in early 17th Century Virginia, and Ear Irons. This is a valuable resource for Gardiners’ Company members and all Fort volunteers, and an excellent learning opportunity. Approximately 20 Gardiners’ Company Members attended the training weekend in Williamsburg, from new volunteers to seasoned Company members, and we all learned something new we can take with us when next we work in the Fort.
On Saturday night, we all gathered at the Hamiltons’ condo for dinner, drinks, lots of desserts, and good fellowship. Some worked on projects, and the rest of us just chatted and enjoyed the relaxing and entertaining evening. Thanks to everyone for coming out!