I had two opportunities to do vintage events this weekend (well, actually three if you count Cocktails in Historic Places, but Friday night activities are too tough for me to usually make after work.) The first was the Houdini exhibit at the Skirball Center, where they were having a ‘20s day. Second was Old Fort MacArthur Days. Since we could only manage one day of fun, and I had to choose between the two, with two males full of testosterone, Old Fort MacArthur Days it was.
Old Fort MacArthur Days is a living history event at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro. It is an annual event bringing together living history performers from the Roman era all the way through the Vietnam War. You can watch battles, visit their camps to see daily life, and learn a little bit about the history. I’ll include pictures of some of the World War II demos here.
The World War II battle featuring the Mediterranean front was interesting, if brief. I especially liked the Allied plane that was soaring overhead while the battle was going on.
The field hospital was also interesting. Not that I know what a World War II field hospital is supposed to look like, but it looked pretty spiff to me, especially for an exhibit that was just set up for the weekend.
An enjoyable way to spend the afternoon, especially as it was capped off by a drive along the coast with the sun sparkling off the water. Love!