KITTERY, Maine ó Looking for an entertaining and educational day that will be fun for the whole family? The Friends of Fort McClary are sponsoring a French and Indian War Encampment this weekend.
There are an expected 50 tents and close to 70 re-enactors (the largest French and Indian Encampment on record at the fort) for the annual event June 16-17. Gates open at 9 a.m. both days and the event will conclude at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Fort McClary is a preserved historic site overlooking Kittery Pointís harbor.
The event presents an enriched and theatrical presentation of life in the 1600s to 1700s. Re-enactors don period dress and uniforms and stage in an authentic encampment. Period-style tents, camp kitchen and open pit cooking will be demonstrated and accessible for review. Colonial crafting and other early American life skills will be showcased and the Piscataqua Rangers Junior Fife and Drum Corps will perform. The flag will be raised in a special ceremony both days at 10 a.m. to the Rangers musical performance of the Star Spangled Banner. A mock battle with musket fire will be presented each day.
State park admission costs apply (adults age 12 to 64 are $3 and $2 for Maine residents; children age 5 to 11 are $1, and those younger than 5 and older than 65 are free). There is no charge for the event itself, but donations will be accepted to support restoration and preservation of the fort and other costs associated with events there. Parking is available at the fort and there is a picnic area.
The Friends of Fort McClary is a nonprofit group. For more information, see the Facebook page, Friends of Fort McClary, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.