I create period-appropriate utilitarian pottery.
I have been active in reenacting from 1980. Besides being a merchant and demonstrator at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, I have been active in Civil War, Victorian balls, Lewis and Clark, War of 1812, and the Fur Trade era. I began working with ceramics in 1973 and started making historical reproductions in 1986.
One of the joys I have working at t he Feast of the Hunters Moon is talking to school kids on the Thursday and Friday before the Grounds are open to the general public. I talk about the life of 18th century potters, their annual calendar of production, the apprentship system, the French colonial trade network, and how the pottery was used in homes of the time.
Marj Rush Hovde
I come from a long line of quilters and seamstresses. Both my mother and
grandmother’s quilts have been featured in books. For years I have studied both the
history of quilts and the fabrics the quilters used. I have also studied the
history of American clothing styles and how they were constructed. My first Feast
was in 1989, and I have been studying and creating Feast related clothing; and knitted
and sewn goods ever since.
I’ve been going to the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon for roughly 30 years, and have been a merchant for at least 8 (the earliest photo I can find of me at the booth is from 2005). I’ve always liked the Feast, and look forward to it every year.
I love the chance to show and sell the period-appropriate glass beads that I make, as well as teach passersby about how they were made then, and now. I’ve studied bead history and trade in the area, as well as in the Old World.
I have to admit that I love more than just being a merchant at the Feast– I like the other merchants, but especially love the food that’s available. I always take a break from the booth so I can graze to my heart’s content. I have my favorite booths, but I always check to see if new merchants and food are added.
When I was three months old, I came to my first Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. I am the creator and webmistress of this site. I also take care of La Compagnie’s social media presence and take most of the photographs for this site.
I too have been attending Feasts since I was a baby. I am away at college now, so I am less involved these days.