Reenactor Mitch Rice of Milwaukie, Ore., chats with Vern and Mimi Starks of Nordlund during the adapted Northwest Colonial Festival over an infantry support cannon. Mimi Starks said they’ve come every year for the event because they find it interesting. “We need to know more about this,” she said. “It’s getting lost in history, and they seem to have so much fun.” Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Reenactor Mitch Rice of Milwaukie, Ore., chats with Vern and Mimi Starks of Nordlund during the adapted Northwest Colonial Festival over an infantry support cannon. Mimi Starks said they’ve come every year for the event because they find it interesting. “We need to know more about this,” she said. “It’s getting lost in history, and they seem to have so much fun.” Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Colonial Festival continues in adapted fashion

Organizers hope to fully come back in 2021

Reenactments of the “shot heard round the world” went silent this year, but living history continued in a more subdued effort for the Northwest Colonial Festival last week.

In its sixth year, organizers for the Aug. 6-9 event adapted it into a living history encampment military drill weekend due to COVID-19 regulations.

One of the reenactors, Dennis Lawler of Sequim, said a few soldiers practiced drills such as marching, and holding and shooting muskets.

He’s participated with the event since its second year and this year took turns dressing as a British soldier and colonist.

“At night we talk about the future, because everyone is anxious to do things,” Lawler said.

“We’re hoping it’ll be better next year.”

Many previously scheduled events, such as reenactments of The Battle of Lexington and the Battle of Concord Bridge, weren’t performed this year because of state regulations restricting large gatherings.

However, visitors could come into the campground to see reenactors in period-appropriate dress and leading demonstrations to make tools and garments.

Organizers said it was free to visit during George Washington Inn/Washington Lavender Farm’s regular hours at 939 Finn Hall Road.

Masks were required in enclosures such as the farm store.

For more information on future events, visit facebook.com/colonialfestival and colonialfestival.com.

Vern Frykholm, a mainstay at the Northwest Colonial Festival portraying George Washington, shows off his mask made by Pam Gassman of Tacoma. He said with COVID-19 regulations in place, he and other portrayers are looking into creating educational podcasts and Zoom calls for schools/classrooms. See event recap, A-4. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Vern Frykholm, a mainstay at the Northwest Colonial Festival portraying George Washington, shows off his mask made by Pam Gassman of Tacoma. He said with COVID-19 regulations in place, he and other portrayers are looking into creating educational podcasts and Zoom calls for schools/classrooms. See event recap, A-4. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Keith Chester of Arlington’s Knighted Dragon Armory shows visitors how he makes tent spikes during a demonstration of the adapted Northwest Colonial Festival.

Keith Chester of Arlington’s Knighted Dragon Armory shows visitors how he makes tent spikes during a demonstration of the adapted Northwest Colonial Festival.

Scott Cameron takes a photo of Aimee Wu on the bridge at George Washington Inn on Aug. 8 during an adapted Northwest Colonial Festival. In past years, organizers held reenactments of the Battle of Concord Bridge, but due to COVID-19, organizers adapted the event to an encampment with living history examples. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Scott Cameron takes a photo of Aimee Wu on the bridge at George Washington Inn on Aug. 8 during an adapted Northwest Colonial Festival. In past years, organizers held reenactments of the Battle of Concord Bridge, but due to COVID-19, organizers adapted the event to an encampment with living history examples. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Sidnie Futerman and Amanda Babjko of Seattle chat with Linda Wickler during the adapted Northwest Colonial Festival on Aug. 8. Wickler was camping with three generations of her family as part of the Northwest Colonial Reenactors Association. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Sidnie Futerman and Amanda Babjko of Seattle chat with Linda Wickler during the adapted Northwest Colonial Festival on Aug. 8. Wickler was camping with three generations of her family as part of the Northwest Colonial Reenactors Association. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Members of the Mary Ball chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, from left, Coral Hileman of Federal Way, Pam Gassman of Tacoma and Lori Gibson of Oakville, enjoy some time together as they discuss garments from the 1770s.

Members of the Mary Ball chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, from left, Coral Hileman of Federal Way, Pam Gassman of Tacoma and Lori Gibson of Oakville, enjoy some time together as they discuss garments from the 1770s.

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