Gas up the De Lorean and slip back in time for some olde fashioned fun!

Singing on the porch at the Charlton Park Civil War Muster in Hastings, Michigan

Singing on the porch at the Charlton Park Civil War Muster in Hastings, Michigan

This year has been a great one for Living History buffs and fans of pseudo-history and even with school just around the corner, it doesn’t seem ready to let up.

The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War whose remembrances began with reenactments in 2011 will continue well into 2015.  This weekend in Jackson, Michigan the Civil War will be remembered through a weekend of reenactments at Cascades Park on 1401 S. Brown St.  Saturday at 2 p.m. they will be reenacting the Battle of Chancelorsville, and Sunday at 2 p.m. is the Battle of Gettysburg.

If you have never been to a Civil War Reenactment it will be well worth the trip to see the horses charging into battle, the cannons blazing, and the foot soldiers marching against their foes in fortifications and fox holes.

For a less intense and more interactive experience, head over to Augusta for the Olde World Frontier Days at the Olde World Village where buckskins and muskets will be the standard garb though all are welcome for the fun.

For those more inclined to the Norse mythos, the Market Faire in Stormgard is at the WJ Branstrom Park in Fremont, Michigan from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. where they will be recreating a Viking age merchant town complete with workshops, entertainers, and wares to buy.

Looking further south, the third annual Michiana Renaissance Festival will be running Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with four separate areas including traditional medieval/renaissance, Pirate, Vikings, and the Fairytale Storyland, each with its own exhibits, shows, and vendors.

If you are turning your eyes and your car to the north, up in Toronto the Toronto Steampunk Society will be holding a series of events in conjunction with the Toronto Fan Expo.

All in all it is looking to be a great weekend weather-wise with fun activities all around and if you are looking a casual or even intense summers end fling, make sure you hit the Highland Fling at the Michigan Renaissance Festival this weekend. They open their gates Saturday August 24th at 10 a.m. and have different themed events running every weekend through September 29th in Holly, Michigan. They assure me that knights, maidens, wenches, and fairies will entertain you with their swords swinging and their entertainers singing, so hop in your De Lorean and slip back in time for some good olde fashioned fun!

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