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Duncan's Mills: First Call

Duncan's Mills

It's time for one of our most beautiful events.  The site is tucked into a pocket valley along the banks of the Russian River.  There are no city lights, no telephone poles.  It's as 1862 as you can get.  There is plenty of water and shade and the terrain is excellent.

The event organizers charge a small admission fee - it is the only event where we have to pay to reenact.  In return they give us straw, firewood, clean water, and clean porta potties.  They don't have any commercial sponsors and we are using their private property.  It's a minor annoyance but it's worth it for such a beautiful site.

This is an invitational event which means other clubs will be there to swell our ranks, including the NCWA, CWRS, and CHAS with their mobile artillery.  Also ground charges.

So, please rsvp now:

  • How many people
  • Do you want unit meals?
  • How many days?
  • Are you bringing a tent?  What kind?

This is one of my favorite events and I can't wait to see you all there!



Ft. Point: Summer Edition

The next Ft. Point is on August 17th, so mark your calendars now.  There's a possibility it will be another overnight event.  Stay tuned.


Sergeant Sez

This message actually comes from MJ and Captain Elliott too.  We want to remind everyone that loaner gear is for new members.  There are a few people who have been members for years and are still using unit gear.  I know this is an expensive hobby and the economy is really bad right now.  I spent years unemployed and I know I'm not the only one.  It took me 20 years to build up my own equipment so I understand.  But new people get first dibs on company gear.

Try starting small.  Try to get one new article at each event, like a belt or a hat.  Each bit helps.  Also, Clark's sells a hiking boot that looks totally authentic, for $30 (about 1/4 the cost of a new pair of brogans).  

Also, there are lots of ways of earning money from this hobby.  Judie sells dolls, aprons, and purses.  Phil and Billy sell cartridge papers.  Phil's older brothers used to sell cartridge tubes and tent poles.  Billy is putting together rolling kits; you can help the unit out and make some money for yourself at the same time.  Get a powder flask, roll at home, and bring extra cartridges to sell.  I promise, people will pay top dollar for pre-rolled rounds.  Bring something for the company meals (like bread or pie) and Judie will deduct from your food bill for the weekend (just check with her first).

I'm not going to cut anyone off; the gear is there to be borrowed.  But new people get first priority.


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