Before and after delivering "Starfish" (now known as "Max") to his new owner, I spent the day with Randy and his reenactment group at Pioneer Village. Since Mikey missed a picture of the cannon this morning, I thought I'd share some of the day with you.
This cannon is a replica built by Randy's Uncle Mike. He passed away from cancer last year and the cannon came to Randy, who had promised to keep it shown. It was quite the gun at the time and all the reenactors like to check it out.
Waiting their turn to fire the Williams Gun
This is Mike's Mountain Howitzer - it uses a load 4x the size of the Williams Gun and the smoke shows it!
Even the guns make big clouds of smoke!
Some guys have to play dead!
Can you spot the casualty?
Cleaning the cannon after the first battle
The First Texas Artillery, joined by the First Texas Infantry
This is Mac who was kind enough to share his shade and chairs with us
There were even a couple of women there and... yes... Randy has plans for me too! But I think I should insist on bringing my horse!
Lunch break inside the fort
I think this is my favorite picture of the day :)
After lunch I find Randy showing the Williams Gun to a bunch of spectators...
The last shot of the day was a double out of the Mountain Howitzer. A big boom, a huge cloud of smoke, and a rolling echo off the mountains in the distance. the crowd goes wild... and several car alarms go off in the parking lot! All the guys start clapping each other on the back and grinning ear to ear, exclaiming "listen to that, we set off the car alarms!" I just had to laugh... a bunch of men in their 40s, 50s and 60s... and the average age of the group is FIVE!!!!!
But they really enjoyed their day, and with all the crap life has handed Randy this last year, it did my heart good to see him enjoying the day so much!
So here's to you, Uncle Mike (and Aunt Carol) - thanks for giving the Williams Gun to Randy!!