This summer I visited the Palanga Botanical Garden, a quiet little sanctuary of plant life, ponds, and plenty of benches that help to escape the ever-present and overwhelming uproar of Lithuania's main resort city. To my delight, I entered the garden during one of their main summer events, a historical reenactment of sorts.
Every Thursday during the summer months, the garden, which was established on the estate of famed Lithuanian count Tishkevich, let loose in the park some 10-15 reenactors dressed in early 20th century garb. They wandered about, largely ignoring the park's regular visitors, and mimicking the daily activities of the Tishkevich family. A gardener trimmed shrubs and conversed with a visiting cyclist; a maid helped prepare tea; a governess strolled by with younger children. The "Tischkevich family" itself strolled about the garden, went for rides on a rowboat, and conversed at a table, all while a violinist played along with several classical pieces (including a slightly mismatched Oginski Polonaise). It was quite an experience. Personally, I just wish the garden had included a dozen or so more reenactors to really flood the place. Either way, here are a few shots of the event.