KITTERY, Maine The American Revolution and Colonial Living Encampment at Fort McClary this weekend met with a lot of bad weather, two days of rain and gloom, and while many of the reenactors on Sunday chose to go home, or not come at all, the hardy souls who remained showed real pioneer spirit.

"We had a drum and fife corps here yesterday, and a dress parade," said Dane Parker, a member of the Friends of Fort McClary. "It rained pretty hard all night though. Three companies canceled."

Jennifer Roy and Greg Morin of Epping chose to stay. The husband and wife from Epping do reenactments all over New England and both said they didn't mind camping when it rains.

"Look at this view," said Roy. "It's a perfect place to wake up to. We made coffee this morning and eggs on the fire. It's quiet and beautiful."

Morin was in the process of dismantling and cleaning a 1728 Model Brown Bess musket. When he was done, he gave lessons on shooting it to reenactor Emily Belanger.

"It was very common for women to know how to shoot the muskets," said Roy. "When the men went off to war, they had to protect the homestead. Shooting was as normal to them as cooking."

Roy said there were cases where women went to war.

"They were not really allowed in the corps," said Roy. "They would dress like men."

As she talked, Roy was making clothing, in this case, a bed jacket.

"People come and ask, did they really make all their own clothes?" Roy said. "Of course they did. They had no choice. And, fabric was very valuable, so they would use and reuse the fabric, taking out the stitching and re-purposing it for what they needed."

The bed jacket she was making showed that point. It was made of several panels of fabric, pieced together so nothing gets wasted.

Belanger, who lives in Newfields, has a history degree and she wants to use it to do museum program planning. She said volunteering as a reenactor helps her gain insight. It's also fun.

Belanger does reenactments at the American Independence Museum in Exeter, and she wrote a historic play for the town of Stratham's 300th anniversary.