Hobby & Volunteer Expo returns May 30

May 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 24, 2015

The 15th annual Hobby & Volunteer Expo returns to the Issaquah Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 30 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Experience interactive activities, meet friendly faces and connect with the community. The event is open to all ages, and is especially good for new community members, recently retired residents and students seeking programs in which to earn community service hours.

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True grit

February 21, 2014

Modern mountain men prove their mettle shooting 1800’s-style muzzleloaders

Steve Baima struggled with his muzzleloader. An old-timer watched as Baima tried to get his handmade rifle to fire. Instead of the advice Baima expected, the old-timer told him a line he’s never forgotten.

“He said, ‘I hate to tell you this, but your scalp is already on the pole,’” Baima said.

Above, Rich Downs, of Kirkland, fires at a target during a monthly meeting of the Cascade Mountain Men at the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club shooting range. Below, Darrell Kapaun, of Duvall, puts black powder, a cotton patch and a lead bullet on the muzzle of his replica full-stock Hawken 1840’s flintlock rifle and prepares to tamp it down to the touch hole.

Above, Rich Downs, of Kirkland, fires at a target during a monthly meeting of the Cascade Mountain Men at the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club shooting range. Below, Darrell Kapaun, of Duvall, puts black powder, a cotton patch and a lead bullet on the muzzle of his replica full-stock Hawken 1840’s flintlock rifle and prepares to tamp it down to the touch hole.

That drove home to Baima that his new hobby — he had just started to learn how to make and shoot black-powder guns — once was a life-or-death necessity. Originally, he said, muzzleloaders were needed for self-protection and to put food on the table.

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Cascade Mountain Men offer scholarship

November 5, 2013

The Cascade Mountain Men are offering a $500 scholarship to students who submit a winning design to help them celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2014.

The Cascade Mountain Men are a traditional black powder muzzle-loading gun club affiliated with the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club. The club encourages and advances organized shooting, especially of muzzle-loading fire arms; promotes higher standards of sportsmanship and safety among those who participate in such sports; and perpetuates the dress, equipment and heritage of their forefathers.

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