We began today asking homesteaders if they remembered everyone's names. We had a few volunteers and they were successful. Everyone learned the Jeep Song this morning, it is quite fun and if you are not already familiar with it, you should have your homesteader sing it to you. After the Jeep Song we sang the Weeny Song, followed by Tarzan and a One through Ten Pirate Song.
In our morning meeting we had serious business to conduct: The Proprietary Rights Agreement! This document is over twenty feet long. It took a little while, but I think most everyone knows that they signed their lunches over to the commissioners for the rest of Village. Just kidding! The gist is that the owners of Village Field Farm (Kip and Sandy Mackenzie) agree to give the homesteaders one real acre of land for the use of building a community in a scale of 1:24. The homesteaders agree to provide the Mackenzie's with a surveyed map of our acre and among other things to return the land in its original condition. As we read this the terms homestead and homesteader came up a lot. We talked a bit about the Homestead Act of 1862 and how the kids playing Village are modeling homesteading, hence being dubbed homesteaders. There were many more terms and conditions, everyone agreed to sign.
|Nick reads part of the agreement out loud|
|Evan signs his name|
|Debating possible acre sites|
|Claiming land around a large rock and near friends|
|"this string is all tangled"|
|claiming land near the big tree|
|Land on the path- this guy is going to be able to charge tolls|
|land in the forest around a tree|
|deeper into the forest|
After the land rush and beginning primitive shelters, we circled up again to do more paperwork. Apparently the FED isn't just giving land away. Homesteaders now had to fill out and sign their Village Homestead Agreement. This is a use and rights agreement between the United Peeps of Monadnock Federal Government and the homesteaders. As we read through this and filled in the blanks, there was one that was unfillable... the space were you write in the town name. This seemed like as good a time as any to go ahead and name our new community. Many names were suggested- such as: Ding Dong, Dangerville, Epicville, BabyPeep Town, DooDooburg, Frankfart, Unicorpia, Thisisthenameofvillage, Thetown, Thenameofthegameisvillage, Unicornia, Littleton, New Peepshire, Lishstickville, Deathville,Castleville, Peeptown, Miniborough, Justaniceone, Loveville, Peepsylvania, Sisterbro.
Homesteaders were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite three names to narrow it down a bit. The top four names were: Frankfart, New Peepshire, Miniborough, and Peepsylvania. New Peepshire won with fourteen votes!
Having selected a town name we finished the Homestead Agreement and moved on to peep introductions.
|working on the Homestead Agreement|
|still working on the Homestead Agreement|
|Clearly this is very boring, so it must be important|
Hampshire and she is not annoying. Lily has lots of friends. "Selfishness is the best virtue." It was hard for other peeps to ask Lily questions, because everything is none of our beeswax.
|playing bat and moths|
Today we liked:
- playing bat and moth
- signing the contracts
- building primitive shelters
- stringing up mini acres
- choosing the big acre
- poop talk
- we accomplished so much
- not being eaten
- the whole day!
We wish (for):
- people had gills
- more swimming
- more bat and moth
- to build fences tomorrow
- to build houses tomorrow
- Jacques shoes did not burn
- to introduce all peeps soon
- to build primitive shelters tomorrow
- the town was named Frankfart
- dirt was chocolate
- we have this much fun tomorrow
- Rolph stopped talking about poop