Last Sunday brought me out to the Islip Grange in Sayville (a small restored village of 19th-Century buildings) for the reenactment of a turbulent era in American history. As I stepped on to the this tract of green grass, I was taken back in time to the 1860's. It was Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was president. A brass band performed a spirited version of "I Wish I Was in Dixie" in the Dutch Reformed Church. Ladies walked through town clad in period dresses and bonnets. The local blacksmith stoked his furnace and hammered out horseshoes by the dozen at his anvil. On the outskirts of town, the Union Army camp was abuzz in preparation for an upcoming skirmish. A gasp was heard throughout the village as a procession of Confederacy soldiers marched in from the south to the sound of beating drums, rifles at their shoulders propped and ready for action. On a distant hill, the northern army went out to meet their foe in a struggle for freedom. Soon, the afternoon air was pervaded by the cry of "Ready, aim, fire!" In a series of thunderous reports and a cloud of white smoke, an epic battle ensued between the Blue and the Gray that would last for over 45 minutes. This was an intense thing to experience...
After the battle had concluded and the Union soldiers had clinched the day, I left the Grange and drove a few miles down the highway to the Sayville Maritime Museum for their 20th Annual Seafood Festival. The museum grounds are made up of fourteen acres of land with several historic structures, which include a Small Craft Shed, a Bayman's Cottage, and an Oyster House. For this event, the grassy field was taken over by craft vendors, food stalls, performance stages, and thousands of visitors. I bought a Mango/Orange Smoothie and spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sights. These two Sayville festivals were a great way to pass a mild September Sunday. Love & light!
"Therefore if you have any encouragement
from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love,
if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love,
being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition
or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
not looking to your own interests but each of you
to the interests of the others."