The Official Newsletter of Das
TeufelsAlpdrücken Fähnlein. Published
monthly, or whenever I get around to it. Any opinions
herein are strictly my own, unless they're someone else's, as are
typographical errors. Entire contents copyright 1999 by
Peterka, unless otherwise noted or authored. Yeah, like
you'd WANT to
steal anything out of here! Oh the weather outside is
the fire is so delightful. . .
January 28, 1999
The Fifth Annual Landsknecht Invitational Winter Campaign will be
held on February 13 & 14, 1999, at Marietta Mansion Historical Site in
Glen Dale, Maryland. We will invite several other reenactment units
to participate with us again at this event.
The site is located near the junction of State Routes 450 and 193,
in Bowie, Maryland. It will be open for set-up on Friday, February
12. The event will be open to the public from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on
Saturday, and from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. We will be using
the upper field for our camping and demonstration area. There is one
portable toilet on the site, behind the mansion. We will use what
firewood remains on the site from other events, supplemented by our
own. Drew is arranging for straw from a commercial source, and we
will have to provide our own drinking, cooking, and washing water.
There will be a $12.00 fee for food for this event, which includes
breakfast and lunch both days, and Saturday night's dinner. There is
an additional charge of $4.00 per person to cover the straw. Please
pay your food and site fees directly to Drew Jones no later than
February 6, 1998, and sooner if possible.
Everyone should have already started acquiring/assembling their own
camping gear, personal dishes and other accouterment, as well as.
cold weather gear. Everyone should bring their own camping gear,
personal dishes and cup. Everyone should also bring 2-3 gallons of
water. February weather can unpredictable, but this event will take
place rain, snow, or shine. The event will be postponed if the
weather forecast calls for temperatures below 25° F, or for more than
6" of snow.
The Hauptfrau is opening up her kitchen (and possible back yard,
depending on the weather) for a "Tryal of Dishes", the Renaissance
equivalent of the Betty Crocker Test Kitchen. On Saturday, February
6, any and all unit members who want to practice cooking some old and
new foods should come to Paula Peterka's kitchen, no later than 11:30
am. This will give everyone a chance to learn some of the German
staple dishes in a controlled, modern environment, before having to
tackle them out in the weather.
This practice is open to soldiers as well as campfollowers, and the
foods prepared will be eaten by the test cooks for dinner that
evening. Contributions of ingredients or money would be appreciated,
but are not required. Please contact Paula before February 4 if you
would like to attend.
Elections and New Members
Das TeufelsAlpdrücken Fähnlein held elections at this year's Annual
Meeting. The Board of Directors for the 1999 - 2001 term is Larry
Peterka, Chief Executive Officer; Drew Jones, Chief Financial Officer;
Paula Peterka, Chief Recording Officer; Mike Amos, Director-at-Large;
Kim White, Director-at-Large. The Field Officers for the 1999 - 2001
term are Larry Peterka, Hauptmann; and Paula Peterka, Hauptfrau.
Congratulations and condolences to the new Board and Field Officers!
The unit also voted on applicants for membership. The Fähnlein
would like to welcome the following new members into its ranks:
Katrina Diehl, Katrina Hegge, TJ Kirchner, Rich Manzano, Heidi
Peterson, and Linda Shertzer. These folks were officially voted on
and accepted into the unit as probationary members. The probationary
period of these members is grandfathered to the date of attendance at
their first event.
Harry Grunder, Gwen Martin, Chris Reidenbach, and Jen Zentgraf were
not voted on for membership, as their applications have not yet been
The unit would also like to congratulate the following people, who
were promoted from probationary member to full member: Mark Denz and
The new full members have full voting rights on unit business,
subject to age regulations (sorry, Mark), and can be assigned to
sponsor probationary members. This brings the total number of active
full and stakeholder members to 24.
Congratulations and Welcome, Everyone!
The unit would like to congratulate the following members on their
theatrical promotions: Michael Denz, promoted to Pikeman; TJ Kirchner,
promoted to Pikeman; Heidi Peterson, promoted to Kampfrau; Ray
Partenheimer, promoted to Doppel; Anna Hoppmann, promoted to
Marketenderin; Janice Partenheimer, promoted to Marketenderin;
Elizabeth Partenheimer, promoted to Marketenderkind; and Kim White,
promoted to Marketenderin.
The following members were also appointed to the following
positions: Mike Amos, appointed to Weibel; Ray Partenheimer, promoted
to Weibel; Don Haithcock, appointed to Kaplan; Drew Jones, appointed
to Leutnant; Kim White, appointed to Kuchenfrau; Kellie Hendley,
appointed to Dienstmädchen des Weib des Hauptmanns (Captain's Wife's
Members with higher theatrical ranks are expected to wear fancier
clothing, collect and use more accouterments, and create a more
accurate historical impression. Congratulations, Everyone!
The unit will be returning to compete at Military Through the Ages
at Jamestown, which will be held March 20 & 21, 1999. Our
registration forms have been sent in, and we have received verbal
confirmation from Cody Grundy, one of the event administrators. There
are a few major changes this year, but none of them are untenable.
This will be our fifth year at this event, and we hope to have as much
fun this year as in the previous four. This event is a showcase of
reenactment units, and there will be groups representing everything
from the XX Roman Legion through the National Guard. Since this event
takes place at a state-run museum, there are rules for participation
which they strictly enforce. Details of the official regulations will
be published as soon as they are received. Some things, however,
remain consistent from last year:
1. All unit members must be pre-registered. This means your name must
be on the list that Paula is sending to the coordinator. All
participants must complete a Volunteer Services Special Event
Registration Form, which will be mailed to you as soon as we receive
it. Please bring it with you and turn it in when you check in at the
gate. You will be issued an ID card by the Jamestown staff at this
time. When you arrive, they will give you our unit number.
2. MTA is a judged event, and our unit has entered in the competitions
again this year. We will compete in cooking, tactical/drill,
clothing, general camp environment, and pretty much anything else
they've got. The judges can get very nit-picky, especially if the
competition is tight. Therefore, if you know something is "farby",
leave it at home. There will be a camp inspection Saturday morning,
and anything that doesn't pass muster will be removed from camp. This
includes all aspects of your kit, including, weapons, tentage, and
3. The meal fee for this event is $12.00 per person, which includes
breakfast and lunch for both days. Please turn your money into Drew
no later than March 5.
4. A set up crew will be leaving from the Peterka's house at 11:00 am
on Friday, March 19, led by Larry. If you are planing to bring your
pavilion or tent, you need to contact Larry immediately. All
pavilions must travel with Larry and Drew, even if their owners do
not. There will be no official late caravan this year. Members
wishing to travel together who cannot leave at 11:00 with the set up
crew should contact each other to make arrangements.
Landsknecht Thursdays Continue
Stop by the Peterka's Open House every Thursday for costuming,
character work, history discussions, and general socializing.
Landsknechting will begin at 6:30 pm (or so), and end around 10:00 pm.
Dinner may or may not be served, depending on whether the Peterkas
have eaten by the time everyone gets there. Contributions of food,
drink, or munchies are always appreciated, but not required.
The Weekend Sewing Workshops continue into the months of February
and March. They usually start at 7:00 pm Friday night, and end after
"X-files" on Sunday. Members may come to sew for as few or as many
hours as they wish, and crash space is provided. Priority help will
be given to new members, bodices, and pants. Experienced members with
nothing to sew are encouraged to come and help others. Please bring
portable sewing machines if you have them.
Weekend Sewing Workshops will be held on February 26, 27, & 28, and
March 5, 6, &7. Larry and Paula will be in California during these
two weeks, but the workshops will still take place, led and hosted by
Kellie Hendley AT THE PETERKA'S HOUSE. (No rest for the leaders, even
if they're not home!) The Peterka home is open on Landsknecht
Thursdays for additional sewing . If you find that you need help, but
can't make enough of the workshops, special arrangements can be made.
Cold Weather Camping
by Drew Jones
I figured after five years I should write an article for this fine
publication. (for which we thank you -ed.) My topic this go-round is
Cold Weather Camping. With February being one of the coldest months
of the year, I decided to write a few hints for those of us not used
to camping in the cold.
First and foremost is the concept of keeping warm. It sounds easy,
but there are a few tricks to it. The major heat loss areas of the
body are the heat, wrists, and ankles. I recommend gloves or mittens,
a hat (which everyone should have on anyway), and a good pair of warm
socks. Staying mobile and active during the day should also keep you
warm and comfortable. Also important in the concept of layering
clothes. It helps a lot by the fact that we wear layers to begin
with. Layering your clothes allows air pockets to accumulate warm air
and help insulate you. As you expand your wardrobe, add warmer,
heavier fabrics for winter garb. To the ladies, I highly recommend
making a goller to keep the upper body warm.
During the night, the same principles apply. A good sleeping bag
or several wool blankets is a must, and by "good", I mean one designed
for colder temperatures. There are sleeping bags which are rated
solely for summer or indoor use, and I DO NOT recommend this type for
out purposes. Another wise investment to make is a stocking or night
cap made of wool. This will help retain body heat, since the head is
usually the only exposed area at night.
There are two major health concerns associated with winter camping:
frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite strikes the extremities of the
body: ears, noes, fingers, or toes. Symptoms of frostbite include
numbing of those parts, or their turning grayish-white. To treat
frostbite, you must thaw the frozen part gently. Get to a warm
location of possible, and get some warm liquids into you. Warm the
affected part by wrapping it in a blanket, or running cool to warm
water over it, not HOT. Frostbitten cheeks may be warmed by using the
hands, and frostbitten hands may be warmed by placing them under a
warm armpit. Once the affected part has been rewarmed, you should
exercise or gently massage them to restore circulation.
Hypothermia is a more dangerous condition which can result in death
in the most extreme cases. It is caused by the body's losing more
heat than it generates. The most frequent cause of this is not being
dressed warmly enough for the air temperatures around you. It can
also be aggravated by exhaustion, wetness, and strong winds. Air
temperatures do not have to be below freezing for hypothermia to
occur. Temperatures of 40 - 50 have just as much a chance to cause
hypothermia as temperatures of 0 - 20 do.
Symptoms start with the victim's feeling chilly, tired, and
abnormally irritable. If these are ignored, then the victim usually
begins to shiver, often uncontrollably. The shivering will increase
in intensity as the body desperately tries to warm itself up, and loss
of motor functions is common. If the shivering suddenly stops, then
death is knocking at your door.
Fortunately, first-aid for hypothermia is simple. Strip the patient
of his or her clothing and put him or her into a warm sleeping bag.
As the body temperature rises, get him or her to drink warm fluids,
and give something for quick energy. The get him or her immediately
into a doctor's care.
Winter camping is safe and enjoyable, but like any activity, not
without its risks. Hopefully, these tips will help you enjoy a happy
and warm camping experience
$$$ Dues and Other Money $$$
Unit dues are due and payable as of January 1, and officially late
as of May 1. To all those who have paid your dues already, "Thank
You". To all those of you who have not, "Ahem". Dues are $20.00 for
individuals, and $30.00 for families. Newsletter subscriptions are
Meal plan and event fees are generally due two weeks before the
date of the event, unless otherwise specified. The meal plan fees for
this season are $12.00 per person per event, which covers breakfast
and lunch Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Saturday night, except at
Jamestown, when we usually invade the Mongolian Barbeque or attend the
awards dinner. Winter Campaign carries an extra fee of $4.00 per
person to cover straw and wood.
If you plan to attend all three events this, why not send Drew a
check for $60.00 ($110.00 for a family of two), and rest easy for the
Schedule of Upcoming Events
(at least the ones we know about already)
Every Thursday Landsknecht Open House, Peterka's
Jan 1 Dues due and payable to Drew
Feb. 6 "Tryal of Dishes" cooking practice, Peterka's
Feb. 6 Money in to Drew for Winter Campaign
Feb. 12 - 14 Winter Campaign, Marietta - Noon Fri - 3:00 pm Sun
Feb. 26 - 28 Sewing Workshop - 7:00 pm Fri - 10:00 pm Sun
March 5 - 7 Sewing Workshop - 7:00 pm Fri - 10:00 pm Sun
March 7 Money to Drew for Military Through the Ages
March 19 - 21 Military Through the Ages, Jamestown
March 27 Money in to Drew for Marching Through Time
April 9 School Preview Day, Marietta
April 10 - 11 Marching Through Time, Marietta
April 30 Last day for paying Dues on time
May 15 Money in to Paula for Musterung
June 19 - 20 Musterung, Lehighton, PA
July Takoma Park Parade
Aug. 28 - Oct. 25 Maryland Renaissance Festival
To Marietta Mansion: Take 495 to 450 East, and get into the left
lanes. Continue on 450, and turn left at route 193. Turn left at the
first available turn, just past the brown Historic Marker, onto Bell
Station Road. Turn left into the first driveway, and park/unload
where indicated. Call 301-464-5291 if you get lost, or for site