National Geographic : 1954 Oct
444 National Geographic Photographer Robert F. Sisson The Author Politely Declines to Chase a Greased Pig at a Colonial Festival Each spring students at William and Mary stage an 18th-century fair, with "many curious events." Among them: juggling, fiddling, choral singing, dancing around the Maypole, pursuing "a Pig, with his Tail soap'd," and a foot race from the college to the Capitol (page 454). Dazed by such varied entertainment, author Bowie (left) confessed himself "bewigged, bothered, and bewildered." ground. The only thing different is we use modern dry yeast. The 18th-century fellows more than likely depended on scrapings from the beer vats." A lady prettily attired in farthingale and lace cap put her head in the bakery door. "I'll take a couple of loaves today, Mr. Crutchfield." "Ready at noon, ma'am." When she had gone, Crutchfield shoved the last paddle of bread into the oven and wiped his hands on his apron. "Hostess up at the Capitol," he said with a nod toward the departing gentle woman. "A lot of the folks in town drop by and leave their orders; keeps me busy as a bird dog. When you're the only 18th-century baker in the country, you have to stir your stumps." On one whitewashed wall of the shop I no ticed the smudged prints of three large hands. "What about those?" I asked Crutchfield.