Blast from the past

Harbor Island visitors stepped into the Feast of the Strawberry Moon this weekend and entered another world as a camp filled with merchants, demonstrators and lively entertainers recreated the 18th century.
Julie Angell
Jun 16, 2014

Smoky smells from campfires and drum beats played by fellows in 18th century garb greeted crowds as the Feast transformed the day and age from 2014 to the late 1700s.
While eyes weren’t pinned to performances from the Fandazzi Fire circus and the Amazing Budabi Brothers, they were learning tricks and trades from period artisans and enjoying the company of demonstrators on the camp’s outskirts.
Popular crafts and demonstrations for folks journeying back in time included candle dipping, cooking demonstrations and the large collection of furs around the camp.
Decked out in authentic 18th century men’s attire, Jane Henrickson kept cool in her cloth tent on Harbor Island. Henrickson and her fiancé, Clark Felt, didn’t make a quick stop at Starbucks this morning because they’ve been tending to their campsite, boiling coffee and spending the weekend like real 18th century citizens.
“This is the most authentic camp for voyagers,” Henrickson said as she gestured to her campsite resembling a page in a history book.In its 14th year of celebrating the rugged life along the banks of the Grand River in the 18th century, the Feast of the Strawberry Moon saw huge, enthusiastic crowds that were more than willing to step out of the 21st century for a day. 

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