25th Annual Turkeyfest (Pre) Thanksgiving Knap-In, Millersylvania State Park, WA
Join Mick and Holly Hill, hosts of the annual November knap-in. This gathering began with the idea of putting closure to the year, reflecting on fun gatherings and campouts that happened thru the year(s).
Our reserved Kitchen #1 cabin was blocked in 2020 from allowing group gatherings due to COVID-19 restrictions. With current community health reports, members vaccinated and/or wearing face masks will allow us access to the well ventilated group facility.
State park rules must be followed. If you are attending for a day, you must purchase and display the DISCOVER PASS. If you are camping overnight, you do not need this vehicle pass. Rules have changed. We can no longer drive to the building. This means that we will need to use wheel barrows to move wood, food, and knapping supplies to the site. Please keep this in mind and lighten your load! Also, please note that this building is not recognized as ADA compliant.
Park opens at 8am. and closes at dusk, 5pm. Kitchen #1 is a log cabin that includes a flintknapping area with fireplace heat and extra lighting set up. There is also a kitchen area with wood stove. We have electricity but usually no running water. (This means, “Pack it in-Pack it out.” We don’t do dishes….) The kitchen part of the cabin is open to weather elements and cannot be closed off. It can be cold! Plan to wear warm clothing. Park rangers will leave a bathroom unlocked near the cabin for our use and for extra drinking water if needed.
Mick and Holly will provide the traditional thanksgiving dinner dishes. Bring a potluck or snack item Saturday only. Sunday will be a crockpot of pulled pork for sandwiches. And leftovers seem to be abundant.
Some may camp thru this weekend. If camping, expect to follow state park rules and reserve your campsite on-line BEFORE your arrival date. There are bathrooms w/plumbing and coin operated hot showers available. You will want to check the website at www.parks.state.wa.us select Millersylvania, to consider reservations.
We meet again Sunday from 8am to 5pm. There is a reduced number of experienced knappers. This is a good time for learning hands-on if you are new to knapping.
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