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Open House Living History Participants

The Northwest Territory
The Northwest Territory Alliance (NWTA) is an American Revolutionary War reenactment organization located in the Midwestern United States. It has over fivehundred members from states as far west as Iowa, east to Ohio, north to the Canadian border and south to Tennessee."We are non-profit educational organization that studies and recreates the culture, lifestyle, and arts of the time of the American Revolution, 1775-1783. We strive to duplicate the uniforms, weapons, battlefield tactics and camp life of the era as accurately as possible."

Sheldon Pewter (NWTA Member Merchant) -
Pewter jewelry, buttons and reproduction coins

Antiquity Period Designs (NWTA Member Merchant) -
18th Century American products and custom furniture

Wm. Booth, Draper, Paul & Laura Dickfoss -
Wool, linen and silk fabrics, sewing patterns, knitting goods, notions, needlework kits and books.

Tart Town Tea Tent
Local Niles proprietor, Janine Frizzo-Horrigan, offers teas, tarts and light lunch fare prepared authentically and served in an 18th century tea tent.

Celtic Trio
The Ann Arbor-based trio of Diana Ladio, Fiddle; Allison Haraburda, cello; and Fritz McGirr, percussion, will be providing 18th century folk and dance music for the Open House.  In the 21st century the trio is known as The Moxie Strings with Fritz - They perform their high-energy original sound throughout the state. This weekend their recently released CD of contemporary and traditional tunes is available at the Support The Fort table.  It is also available on iTunes.

Colonial Dancers
Stevensville resident, Noel Bash, mastered 18th century dancing while working at Colonial Williamsburg. She has been teaching dance to this group of Berrien County students (and some parents) for the past 1 ½ years. This is their first opportunity to perform in public. The public will be invited to join in the dancing at the end of their performance.

Sarett Nature Center Canoe Rides
Sarett Nature Center– - voyageur interpreters are offering rides to the public in their replica 35’ Montreal Canoe on the St. Joseph River. The interpreters will offer information about the voyageurs and the wildlife in and on the river.  Rates are $3/person for a half hour ride.