Port Gamble goes colonial

Reenacts will be featured in Saturday’s Armed Forces Day Parade

Things got colonial in Port Gamble last week as living historians set up shop in the old mill town.

The all-day event included groups such as the Northwest Colonial Reenactor’s Association, the Columbia Fife and Drum Corps, the Son’s of the American Revolution, Daughter’s of the American Revolution, 2nd Connecticut Militia, among others.

“[Reenactors] portray actual characters known to history as well as rank and file soldiers on both sides of the conflict, and the civilians caught up in those turbulent times,” said Christopher Day of the Columbia Fife & Drum Corps.

Exuberant Colonial dancing with music and a dance master occurred at various times throughout the event Saturday. Musket Firing demos were also featured as well. The Columbia Fife & Drum Corps marched through the streets of Port Gamble a few times, showcasing their battle-heartening martial tunes. A cricket demonstration was also held in the afternoon and the viewing public even participated.

This was the second year the event was held in Port Gamble. Day cited Port Gamble as “a wonderful venue for activities…and its proximity to people touring and traveling through North Kitsap.”

Day said their members come mainly from Washington State, but also some from Idaho and Oregon. The reenactors will be in the lineup at Saturday’s Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton.

“Although not an inexpensive hobby, we are constantly looking for volunteers to join us in any period capacity in the pursuit of this invigorating and educating hobby,” Day said.

Tyler Shuey is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at tshuey@soundpublishing.com

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