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Relive the peninsula's wild and woolly past by joining the Green River Mountain Men as they present their annual rendezvous this weekend.

This re-enactment of the annual fur trappers' gatherings in the early 1800s features historical-style campsites and period-dressed re-enactors, providing fascinating sights and hands-on opportunities to join in.

Activities include a dutch oven cooking competition, scrimshaw, music, storytelling children's activities, traders' row and much more.

Karen Haas, who has participated in the Mountain Men events for more than five years, says the events are both fun and educational.

"Mountain men in the 1840s would gather every year to exchange pelts," she said. That led to competitions and usually included lots of drinking. With the exception of the drinks, today's events are very similar, including "knife and 'hawk" throwing contests, black powder shoots and primitive archery competition.

"These are people who just love their hobby - if you can call it a hobby," Haas said with a laugh. "For some people it becomes a lifestyle."

Haas will have children's toys on hand, "for children from 8 to 108," she said. That includes the old button on string "tops" and the ever-popular Jacob's ladder.

There also will be period music played on reproduction primitive instruments, including carved percussion instruments and a gourd banjo.

Admission is free, but there is a shooter's fee of $20 for those ages 13 and up who plan to fire off a little black powder. Haas notes that safety is the first concern of the event's planners and the rules are strictly enforced.

The rendezvous site is the Peninsula Longrifle's location on Slab Camp Road, just off Lost Mountain Road. Directional signs will be found along the way.

For more information, call Eric Holmquist at 206-890-6847 or Michael Shurr at 253-884-6763 or

e-mail threeshurrs@yahoo.com.



Reach Mark Couhig at mcouhig@sequimgazette.com.

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