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Charles & Harriet MacFarland


On November 8, 1974, Charles MacFarland and I were married by a Justice of the Peace in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  My brother acted as our Best Man, Bridesmaid, Ring Bearer and the person happily giving me away.

Fast forward to May 30, 1987.  My parents were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  I wanted a religious wedding ceremony.  I was Jewish.  Charly was undecided, but willing to go through whatever would make me happy.  So, Mom and I planned a wedding to take place on our 42 acre farm.  Invited were family, both Jewish, Presbyterian, Catholic, Wicca, Druid and Non-Denominational. 

Did I mention that Charly and I are vegetarian?  The Rabbi felt better when he found that the meat and cheese dishes  were made from soy meat and soy cheese.  With the proper seasoning no one knew, aside from other vegetarians, that they were not eating cow, lamb or pig. 

Family, friends, neighbors came, as well as the local police who stopped by just to see what was going on.  They had been told, by neighbors, that there were a bunch of men running around, on our property, wearing skirts and shooting at each other.  There were 130 people in attendance, not including the wedding party.  We found a Jewish-Scottish Rabbi.  Gave out yalmukahs (traditional Jewish skull head coverings).  Many of the men, including members of the Alexandria Pipe Band, in kilts and wearing skull caps.  Wonderful!!

The Stuart Appians, a living history group, set up their tents in our side meadow to allow them to ‘fight’ and stay the weekend.  Members of the Stuart Appian held the Choupa, during the ceremony, over the bridal couples.  The Choupa is the traditional canopy held over wedding couples during the ceremony.

Thank you for this opportunity.  It was great fun reliving this wonderful event.

Yours aye,

Harriet MacFarland


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