Jacobsburg Historical Society is holding a rendezvous and an 18th/19th century market and trade faire as part of its Bicentennial of the historic Boulton site along the banks of the Bushkill Creek on the grounds of the Henry Homestead, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 25-27. Located off the Belfast Exit, Route 33, at the intersection of Henry and Schoeneck, the hills above the banks of the Bushkill Creek will come alive with costumed living history participants who will be celebrating the 200 years of history brought to the area by the Henry Gun Works.
Historically accurate tents, lodges and log cabins will detail the lifestyles of a bygone era. Buckskins, linsey-woolsey and homespun clothing will join with the more refined silks and cottons from the post-Civil War era, all depicting lifestyles from the French and Indian War up to the Victorian Era, when muzzleloader guns passed into history.
Flintlock longrifle competition will be joined by a knife and tomahawk venue and a on-the-hour cannonade. Primitive archery, fire starting with flint and steel and old-fashioned children's games will add to the ambiance of centuries past.
Open will be the Nicholas Hawk log cabin gunshop, Early American Crafts and Education Center, 1832 John Joseph Henry House and 1740 Homestead that serves as the Pennsylvania Long Rifle Museum. While rifle frolics and fur trade rendezvous have occurred on or near the property since 1981, the historical society has added a new dimension for visitors with a market faire featuring historic sutlers, period merchants and antique tools and historic arms dealers will be set up along the historic John Jacob Astor Road between the J.J. Henry House and Long Rifle Museum.
Ringing sounds from blacksmith anvils will join with the period music of the era. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit three museums, interact with rendezvous games, help their children complete scavenger hunts or watch as the kids are challenged by the outdoor games. For information, contact Lyndsey Frigm at 610-759-9029 or access the website at http://www.jacobsburg.org.
Two new positions will be added by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for hunter education and outreach as a result of a spike in federal grant money to wildlife agencies through the Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937. Often referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act or simply P-R, it places an excise tax on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment at the manufacturers' level.
Recently, the sale of firearms and ammunition in the U.S. has reached an all-time high resulting in significant increases in funding available to wildlife agencies. In response to the growth of these federal dollars, the PGC is creating the five-year contract position of Hunter Education Specialist and the three-year, limited-term contract position of Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist/ Shooting Sports Coordinator.
For info on these and other employment opportunities access the PGC website at http://www.pgc.state.pa. us/. On the toolbar located at the top of the homepage, go to the "About Us" tab, and select "PGC Careers" from the dropdown menu.
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410-AM WLSH, at 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM and on the Web at http://www.wmgh.com/ by clicking the link to the program, features Hawk Mountain Sanctuary biologist Laure Goodrich.
Final rulemaking has been approved by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission reducing creel limits for American shad from six to three on the 2.9-mile section of the Delaware River from the Commodore Barry Bridge to the Delaware state line. This change goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014, and makes Pennsylvania regulations consistent with New Jersey regulations, and the three-fish creel limit is already in effect on the Delaware River upstream of the Commodore Barry Bridge.