Journal of the San Juan Islands


Celebrate in frontier style at holiday social

December 5, 2013 · Updated 2:33 PM

Dressed in their 19th century holiday finest, Rebecca and Francis Smith take a spin around the English Camp barracks during an earlier holiday social contra dance. / Contributed photo / NPS

This year’s annual old-fashioned Holiday Social, hosted by the National Parks Service, will have a decidedly international flavor.

The Holiday Social, featuring tree-trimming and a cookie potluck, and more, is Saturday, Dec. 8, noon to 3 p.m., at English Camp.

Visitors are invited to bring holiday cookies and ornaments that reflect yuletide and winter solstice celebrations throughout the world.

As always, a tree decorated in period ornaments will be erected in the old British Royal Marine Light Infantry barracks building—just as it was likely done in the mid-1860s when the camp was in its heyday.

The park’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year award and volunteer recognition is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Admission is free. The park will provide beverages, two fires to warm the bones and entertainment to include staff and volunteer re-enactors in period uniforms and dress, storytelling, contra dancing as well as other multi-cultural folk dances.

A motorized golf cart will be available in the English Camp parking area for persons with accessibility needs. For information, 378-2240, ext. 2233.


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