Our new band of
Cossacks invites you to join us as founding members.
Anyone of any
nationality, men and women, and kids age 8 up are welcome to join. Our
events are a mix of public cultural education, big boys playing with fun toys
that go bang, and overnight camping boy&girl scout jamboree. There is no
typical profile, but common characters in our groups include:
- History buffs
who want to share their knowledge while learning details of 17th C. life in
a unique way
- Those with
an educational mission, who want Americans and Ukrainian-American kids to
know a little about things they will NEVER see mentioned in school, and know
this is a way to get the attention of the most jaded teen.
- Those who
know nothing about the period and history except the myth, but think that is
- People who
want saber fencing partners, and to practice in the period style and in
period gear; or
- who find
firing matchlock muskets and cannons to be a blast!
- Dads who want
to do a fun and worthwhile activity with their kids
- Kids who like
to do all sorts of cool stuff
who love to not only create beautiful things with their hands, but to have a
compelling reason to do each item
- Fans of
Costume design and research
- Hams who like
doing a little theatre in the round in the ren-faire tradition
- Musicians and
dancers interested in historical and traditional forms, who like the
whole context - costume, ambiance, everything.
- Those who
like singing songs and drinking a little mead around a campfire after a long
day, with good friends
- People of Ukrainian
and Eastern European Ancestry, and People with none whatsoever, who happen
to like Cossacks.
- People like
For information about
contact: Rick at 703 528 5618
Send your basic
information (name, address, phone, email), interest in the group (type of
participation you are considering); names of family members and friends you are
In general, this
group will have no or small ( $20/year) membership dues. It will have
requirements about acquiring a basic kit within 9 months, and a complete kit
within 18 months.
The kit: we are
putting together a list of items required for the kit, and possible sources.
Reenacting is not a cheap hobby, especially if one picks a character that
requires fancy dress, sabers, matchlocks, a horse, a truck to haul the horse, a
barn and 30 acres for the horse. It can be less expensive than many sports
and hobbies, and, allied groups may help out by providing some loaner gear.
Classes in musketry,
cannon, fencing, etc. will be scheduled this winter and spring.
Mens Kit -
- kaftan coat
- Colpak hat
- Optional or
later items - saber, belt and hanger, pouch, musket, snapsack, axe.
- Skirt and top