Saturday, July 25, 2009

Community Day at Gander Mountain, Saturday, July 25th

The Chapter invited the public to see a few examples of materials excavated from the soils of Orange County; experience the craft of working stone into tools (flint-napping); and try their hand at launching darts with the aid of an atlatl. In addition, quite a few brought in artifacts for some of our more experienced members to examine, which covered the range from geological to modern! This year, Gander Mountain provided their training room for our use for the entire 9 am to 3 pm duration of the program! A wonderful venue indeed. We would like to thank Gander Mountain for their hospitality in hosting this event in their Middletown store!

A lot more people came in to check us this year compared to last year. The crowds ebbed and flowed all day!

Gary's expert guidance had folks nailing the targets in just a few throws in Gander Mountain indoor archery range during dart/atlat throwing demonstrations. Those that tried launching the eight foot long projectiles at the static target downrange certainly gained an appreciation for skill involved in hunting a moving target with this technology!

Spanning ten thousand years of technology: The gentleman in the background is taking aim with a modern compound bow and lightweight arrow, as Gary prepares to send one of his eight foot darts down range.

Ray, Chuck and Gary examining three extraordinarily large, thin points that a gentleman found in the foundation walls of his house which was built in 1770!

A special round of applause to Kevin for orchestrating today's event and a hearty job well done to all who participated!

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