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Demolition of the existing 50 yard range shelter will begin on Tuesday, May 30, with construction of the new shelter to begin shortly thereafter. Please be advised that the 50 yard range will be closed any time there are work crews on site, no exceptions. All other ranges will remain open, feel free to enjoy them as usual. The June 3 Bench Rest Match will be a one time only “Topless Event”, as there will be no roof.

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2017 Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering, JULY 21-23

  Please join us for the third annual Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering at PRF&GCA’s grounds in Columbia, Maine.
 
IMG_3375[2]Puckerbrush is a celebration of traditional archery, bushcraft, art, outdoors, and ancestral skills. It is an opportunity for people with a diverse range of backgrounds and a shared interest in an older, simpler way of doing things to gather, both sharing and learning skills. This is very much a “hands on” event, kids of all ages are encouraged to get their hands dirty and have fun! This event belongs to the participants, if you have a skill you would like to share, you are welcome to do so.
 
Saturday evening there will be a pot-luck dinner, followed by a bonfire gathering with story telling and music (feel free to bring an instrument), as well as telescopes set up for astronomy (conditions permitting).
 
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Our facility is located in rural Downeast Maine, in addition to organized activities, fishing, canoeing, and hiking opportunities are available on site. Event information and guidelines are below, as well as a list of planned activities. A timeline of specific activites and workshops will be published when we get closer to the event.  Be sure to follow things on our Facebook page.
 
 
 
Questions? E-mail us at info@prfgca.org, or call Larry, 207-497-5621.
See Aislinn Sarnacki’s write up about our 2014 event in the Bangor Daily News:  http://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/29/outdoors/puckerbrush-primitive-festival-boasts-bushcraft-in-eastern-maine/
 

Topics and workshops:

IMG_3378[2]Bowmaking
Friction fire from locally sourced materials
Friction fire workshop
Herbal salves
Plant identification walks
Knots and ropework
Buckskin preparation
Natural cordage
Introduction to map and compass
Knives and knife safety
Axes and axe safety
Blacksmithing
archerypicCharcoal making
Spoon carving
Flint knapping  
Atlatl construction and use  
Archery ranges (bullseye, 3-D, and aerial)  
Tracking  
Astronomy  
Pit fired pottery  
Basket making  
Knife and axe throwing  
Trade blanket  

Rabbit stick throwing  
potfire3[1]Semi-permanent shelter construction  
Birch oil rendering 
Add your skill here___________!

 

Event Information:

 1. Cost– General admission is $20.00 for the weekend, $10.00 per day. Youth 14 and under free.  
2. Hours– The grounds will open at 12:00 Friday for campers and an evening meet and greet. Events      will be scheduled Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am -3:00 pm. Please inquire about pre and post event set up/break down times.  
3. Ranges– This is a non-shooting event, so ranges will be closed  Friday through Sunday.  
4. Camping– Free primitive camping is available on site. We have sanitary facilities, but enforce a strict      carry in/carry out policy on trash.  
5. Pets– For the safety and comfort of your pets and other participants, please leave your pets at home.  
6. Alcohol– This is a kid/family friendly chem free event. Alcohol and all other intoxicants are forbidden.  
7. Food– There will be a staffed kitchen selling meals, snacks, and beverages during event hours.  
8. Fire– Fire rings will be available for use in approved areas, firewood will be available.  
9. Children– All children are to be supervised by an adult at all times.
10. Presenters– Those with a workshop or skill to share may qualify for free admission, please contact us for more information.