David and Marj recently expanded their knowledge of regional French colonial history by participating in the annual Nouvelle Annee gathering in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
On one of the coldest weekends of the year (January 25), we joined French Marine re-enactors portraying life on the frontier in 1759 at the Miami garrison. Our pottery and textiles were much appreciated by the participants.
David marked the occasion by shaving his beard of 7 years because the French of 1759 would have been clean shaven, according to the event commandant. The doubled wool voyageur toque that Marj knitted him kept away most of the cold.
In support of living history, la Compagnie des Beaux Eaux will again co-sponsor the Tippecanoe County Historical Society’s French Colonial Living History Weekend Campout on March 23, 2019, which demonstrates how mid-18th-century French habitants lived on the banks of the Wabash River.
Additionally, three more events are planned for 2019. For details, visit the Tippecanoe County Historical Association website at https://www.tippecanoehistory.org/
We recently learned that David and Marj were both accepted by the magazine Early American Life to be included in their Directory of Traditional American Crafts, which will appear in the August issue of the magazine. David is listed for in the Pottery section, and Marj is listed for in the Textiles section.
For more information about the magazine and directory, see http://www.EarlyAmericanLife.com
la Compagnie des Beaux Eaux at the Kalamazoo Living History Show 2018
We participated in the Kalamazoo Living History Show for the first time in March. We enjoyed ourselves greatly and are looking forward to future shows.
As a recognition of the authenticity and quality of David’s pottery, the Baldwin’s Regiment of Quartermaster Artificers has recently accepted us into their organization. Now when you see us at an event, we will proudly display this sign.
The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is 50 years old this year. We hope some of you took part in the monthly programs leading up to this wonderful event. We invite everyone to come to the Feast this year! This event supports 50 local non-profits. The Feast will take place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017. We’d love to see you there! Here’s a taste of the authentic reproduction French colonial pottery you will be able to buy at our booth this year!
Saintonge utilitarian pottery
Beginning in 2017, we are also expanding our business to include both shows and reenactments. We had a wonderful time at the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous in May and we are looking forward to next year. Look for La Compagnie des Beaux Eaux and come say hi!
Click here to see more authentic reproduction French colonial pottery by David
Click here to see authentic reproduction textiles by Marj
Click here to see authentic reproduction glass beads by Richard
On September 30, 2016 the local fourth grade class field trip groups came out to see the Feast as it was being set up. Then Oct 1 and 2 was the big event! We sold a record amount of merchandise, celebrated David’s birthday, and generally had a fantastic time dressing up in funny clothes.
Photos © Karla Hovde 2016. Contact her for permission to re-use photos.