Fall Muster and Harvest Fest
Time again to gather ‘round our ‘Liberty Pole,’ as the Shaftsbury Historical Society holds its second annual Fall Muster and Harvest Fest, 10 to 4, on Saturday, September 7, at the Governor Galusha Homestead on Route 7A in Shaftsbury, Vt.
This annual living-history event features colonial reenactments, offering the public a taste of life as it was for the first settlers of our Hampshire Grants. Highlights include cannon and musket firing by the renowned Nathan Hale Fife and Drum Corps, who will perform throughout the day with traditional camp music, militia drills and artillary fire of the group’s notable ‘six pounder’ gun.
Our Green Mountain men (and ladies) will demonstrate outdoor colonial cooking from the pages of Moll Flanders’ cookbook. Bring your best apple pie and enter our contest, or just enjoy some of ours. Relax with a cup of the King’s tea or hot mulled cider at our traveling King’s Goose Tavern. Learn the fine art of mixing grog, syllabub and flip (Ethan Allen’s favorite). Other ‘suttler,’ tailors, spinners, cratftsmen and farmers will be about the encampment. Help with the daily chores, tend the sheep, milk the cow or churn some fresh butter.
Special events for children run throughout the day, including games, bobbing for apples, quill pen writing and pumpkin carving.
Admission is Adults, 1 shilling, 1 pence colonial ($5), with Squires and Young Ladies under 12 free. For additional information, call Mitch Race, president, at 802-375-2776, or Walt Klinger, reenactor events, 802-823-5197 or firstname.lastname@example.org.