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July 12, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Old Stone House serves up unique summer programs 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The calendar at Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House is filling quickly with trappers and blacksmiths, two wars, a chance to capture a ghost and a pioneer cooking class.

           A “Rendezvous at the Old Stone House” Saturday and Sunday will feature mountain man demonstrations, trappers and traders, tips on frontier living, blacksmithing, flint and steel, hawk and knife throwing, cooking demonstrations and other activities. In colonial days, a “Rendezvous” was a regularly scheduled meeting between the French fur traders and the Native Americans of the region with bartering – and socializing – part of the agenda.

           The event runs noon to 5 p.m. both days. A $3 per person, or $5 per family, donation is suggested.

           The cooking of famed frontier explorers Lewis and Clark will be the focus of a 10 a.m., July 23, Early American Cooking Class. There is a $25 fee for the four-hour cooking lesson, with all materials provided.

           Ghosthunters from the Center for Paranormal Studies return to the Butler County landmark for an 8:30 p.m., Aug. 5, hunting expedition. Reservations are required and the group is limited to 15 participants. Call 724.738.4964 for reservations.

           A “French and Indian Encampment,” a reenactment of the French and Indian War, is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 14. French, British and Native Americans will demonstrate the skirmishes of the 1753-65 historical event, which eventually led to the American Revolution. Craft demonstrations will also be presented.

           “Civil War Weekend” is Aug. 20-21 at the Old Stone House with solders from the North and the South gathering for drills – and battles. The 10th Pa. Mercer Volunteers will lead the activities, which run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days.

           The Old Stone House, administered by Slippery Rock University, is a former inn and stagecoach stop. It is located at the intersection of routes 8, 273 and 528, south of Slippery Rock.


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