Cook Forest to Host French & Indian Encampment This Weekend

| June 6, 2017

french-and-indian-war-re-encampmentCOOKSBURG, Pa. (EYT) – Cook Forest State Park will host a series of living history events depicting life during the French & Indian War on Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11.

(Photo above courtesy Mountain Man Photography)

Highlights of this full two-day encampment, sponsored by the Sawmill Center for the Arts, include woodland natives, cannon and musket firing, cooking, primitive skills, 18th century surgical techniques, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, pottery, children’s games, sutler camp, renown living historians, French & Indian War Era artisans, and live tactical engagements.

Take a walk back in time along the Black Bear Trail by the Sawmill Center for the Arts during open camp hours to view British, Colonial, French, and Native American re-enactors as they portray lifestyles of the 18th century.

Photo courtesy Sawmill Center for the Arts.

Photo courtesy Sawmill Center for the Arts.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, June 10

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. – Event Open

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Blacksmithing Demonstration – by Dennis Murray story-teller (Clarion County’s #1 liar) and blacksmith, across from Sawmill Craft Market

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Quill Pen Fabrication – by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking in the old Sawmill Classroom ($12 for materials)

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Cooking Demonstration – by Geoffrey Domowicz, Compagnie LeBoeuf chef, along Black Bear Trail at the main encampment site

10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – French & Indian War Era Art & Demonstrators – meet with distinguished artists, authors, artisans, and demonstrators in the Old Sawmill Classroom

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration – by the camp Corps of Artillery, located in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Peril in the Forest – tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – 18th Century Surgical Techniques – by Jack Mathay Compagnie LeBeouf surgeon, at the NEW Sawmill Classroom

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Nasty Ned the Frontiersmen: 18th Century Teller of Tales & Historical Fact’– by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking, at the Sawmill Theater

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – 18th Century Children’s Games – by Jen Domowicz, Compagnie LeBoeuf, along Black Bear Trail at the main encampment site

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – 18th Century Clothing Creation: The Easy Way – by Bonnie Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking in the old Sawmill Classroom

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Blacksmithing Demonstration – by Dennis Murray story-teller (Clarion County’s #1 liar) and blacksmith, across from the Sawmill Craft Market

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Powderhorn & Turkey Wingbone Call Fabrication – by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking in the Old Sawmill Classroom ($15 for materials)

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration — by the camp Corps of  Artillery, located in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Peril in the Forest – tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – American’s 1st World War: Causes of the French & Indian War as Told Through the Eyes of Benjamin Franklin and Friends’  by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking

Sunday, June 11

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Event Open

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. – 18th Century Sunday Service – by the 42nd Highland Regiment, located in the main encampment site along Black Bear Trail

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Blacksmithing Demonstration – by Dennis Murray, story-teller (Clarion County’s #1 liar) and blacksmith, across from the Sawmill Craft Market

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Children’s Musket Drill – by camp Corps of Re-enactors, at the water tower along Black Bear Trail

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Powderhorn & Turkey Wingbone Call Fabrication – by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking, in the old Sawmill Classroom ($12 for materials)

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – French & Indian War Era Art & Demonstrators – meet with distinguished artists, authors, artisans, and demonstrators in the old Sawmill Classroom

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration – by the camp Corps of Artillery, in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Peril in the Forest – tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – 18th Century Surgical Techniques—by Jack Mathay, Company LeBeouf surgeon, at the NEW Sawmill Classroom

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Blacksmithing Demonstration – by Dennis Murray, story-teller (Clarion County’s #1 liar) and blacksmith, across from the Sawmill Craft Market

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration – by the camp Corps of Artillery, in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Peril in the Forest – tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

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