This Sunday is Family Day at Founder’s Weekend re-enactment and colonial trade fair on Ogdensburg’s Van Rensselaer (Lighthouse) Point.
Youth 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
“For the younger crowd, we have a mosaic of activities including face painting, a scavenger hunt, a children’s muster and drill, folksongs and Indian legends,” said Barbara O’Keefe, president of the Fort La Présentation Association. “There’ll be hands-on leather working, rope making and other projects for kids.”
The first 50 children to complete the scavenger hunt will get a free ice cream courtesy of Stewart’s Shops.
Visitors will experience colonial spinning and belt weaving, the plaiting of reed baskets, quilting and presentations on 18th-century weapons and period clothes among the interesting discoveries to be made.
“Eleven of our presenters have been funded by the New York Council for the Humanities,” said Mrs. O’Keefe. “The council’s support has allowed us to expand and enrich the Founder’s Weekend experience.”
Balladeer Linda Russell will accompany her French folksongs from the days of Fort de La Présentation with her guitar, dulcimer or tin whistle.
The traditionally dressed women of the Akwesasne Choir will perform hymns in Mohawk at the on-site 7:30 a.m. mass. Later in the day they’ll entertain with traditional songs.
“There’ll be the ever popular smoke and rumble of the reenacted battles on land and water,” said Mrs. O’Keefe. “But people should take the time to talk to the colorfully dressed re-enactors from Canada and the United States because they know the history not found in books.”
Saturday and Sunday the gate opens at 10 a.m. Adult admission is $7.
Find out more at www.fort1749.org.