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We recently had the Northwest Territory Alliance 40th Anniversary Grand Encampment at Cantigny Park in Wheaton IL. It is a lovely wooded 500 acre park and the tree lined path where we camp is delightful. A friend and I arrived late Fri night and it was cool and misty/rainy and muddy. Not ideal, but we didn’t care because we knew the next two days would eventually bring the sun. Despite the cool (read: 40F) temps at night, we managed to survive. One of my soldier friends set up his extra tent for us, which was so kind. My friend and I worked at the tavern and a good time was had by all!! We served 150 meals total this weekend – our largest ever. Here are some photos from the event…


I was a meat monger!










Punch prep and menu



Soup veggies 2



Soup veggies









Sun sunrise



We had two tents this time for the Ox Bow; one was for the patrons and had four walls which was nice protection against the wind and cold for both days. This tent doubled as our prep kitchen and extra seating.

Prep kitchen and extra night seating



Patron tent

Ox Bow Tents



Inside full of patrons for day time meals




And at night time for libations!









A smattering of photos of tavern staff life







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Nancy and Becky 2



Cantigny Ladies of the Ox Bow!

Cantigny Ox Bow ladies