Vern Frykholm, a mainstay at the Northwest Colonial Festival portraying George Washington and pictured here at an earlier event, is the featured speaker on Oct. 24 at the George Washington Inn, talking with local youths in grades 1-3. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group file)

Vern Frykholm, a mainstay at the Northwest Colonial Festival portraying George Washington and pictured here at an earlier event, is the featured speaker on Oct. 24 at the George Washington Inn, talking with local youths in grades 1-3. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group file)

Special veterans program to feature George Washington reenactor

Event open to youths in grades 1-3

SEQUIM — This tribute to veterans is coming a bit early.

General George Washington and Continental soldier reenactors will bring their 18th-century stories and messages to Sequim youths at a special, free event for youngsters in grades 1-3 along with their parents at 1 p.m. Saturday at the George Washington Inn, 939 Finn Hall Road, between Sequim and Port Angeles.

Sequim resident Vern Frykholm, who portrays Washington, and Seabeck resident Fred Gilbert, who depicts ancestor Sgt. John Gilbert, offer “Our Nation’s First Veterans,” a 30-minute presentation about the expectations Washington had for how a country should treat its veterans and what it means to be a veteran.

Frykholm, who has portrayed Washington at various events over the past 8½ years, said he typically is able to relate stories and anecdotes during his half-hour classroom talks.

“Generally speaking I’ll talk about character and how they treat each other,” Frykholm said. “They want to know, ‘What was it like?’ I share about how lucky they are lucky to come to school, that ‘When I was a boy, we didn’t have schools.’ Or what it was like to be on a farm or a plantation.

“It’s totally relational, mostly about character, (about) treating each other well.”

On Oct. 24, Frykholm said, he’s cut down his presentation to just 7 or 8 minutes for time (and possible cooler weather) to focus on what it means to be a veteran, while Gilbert will talk about what it was a like as a Continental soldier. Frykholm, as Washington, will give Gilbert a medal for his service. Later on, youths will get coins to commemorate the event.

The event includes drummers and fifers. A prize drawing will be held and the winner will be announced by General George Washington at the end of his presentation.

“It’s going to be short and sweet,” Frykholm said.

Safety, caution advised

All children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult.

Attendees are advised to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets and are required to wear face masks and practice social distance during the presentation. Since there are no outdoor restroom facilities at the site, families are asked to come prepared.

“We want to celebrate, but we also want to do masks and social distancing,” Frykholm said. Both he and Gilbert will be wearing clear face screens so children can see the figures they’re portraying.

“We’re trying to make this celebratory as well as face-to-face,” Frykholm said. “Hopefully next year we won’t have these precautions.”

The program is sponsored by The George Washington Inn and the Michael Trebert Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

More in Entertainment

Stuart Elway
What do polls really tell us?

Veteran pollster to offer guidance

Sponsors step up for 2024 Sequim Sunshine Festival

SEQUIM —Three local organizations have once again agreed to be title sponsors… Continue reading

Dramas, comedy on tap this weekend

Plays, comedy and music are highlighted this weekend on the North Olympic… Continue reading

Family concert to be presented Saturday

The Sequim Community Orchestra and the Sequim Community Youth Orchestra… Continue reading

Comedy night offered in Port Angeles

Cougar Wolf Comedy will present Comedy Night at Bourbon… Continue reading

(Northwind Art Richard Coletta) 
Richard Coletta of Port Townsend admires Caryl Fallert-Gentry's quilt titled "Electric Snails," part of the "Burst of Color" exhibit at Jeanette Best Gallery.
Final ‘Burst’ in Port Townsend

This is the final weekend for “Burst of Color,”… Continue reading

Jenner Fox of Bainbridge Island and singer-songwriter Jermey Elliott are set to debut their one-day-old CD, “The Moon That Moves the Sea,” at Concerts in the Woods in Coyle for a matinee show on Saturday.
Fox, Elliott to play at Concert in the Woods on Saturday

Jenner Fox of Bainbridge Island and singer-songwriter Jermey Elliott will… Continue reading

Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra to perform February concert Sunday

The Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra will present its February… Continue reading

Chicago Bob Longmire, on left, and George Yount will conduct a three-day harmonica workshop.
Harmonica workshop offered in Port Townsend

Chicago Bob Longmire and George Yount will conduct a… Continue reading

The Candlelight Concert this month will feature classical pianist Mike Carroll.
Michael Carroll offers an evening of classical piano

Classical pianist Michael Carroll will perform at Trinity United… Continue reading

From left to right, Richard Lionheart, portrayed by Sean Stone of Port Angeles, and Prince John, portrayed by Charlie Medlong of Sequim, at a recent rehearsal.
‘The Lion in Winter’ opens this weekend

The Port Angeles Community Players will open its winter… Continue reading

Small Island Big Song brings artists of Taiwan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea and Tahiti to the Field Arts & Events Hall in Port Angeles on Sunday.
Field Hall presents Small Island Big Song’s ‘Our Island’

International tour supports Maui Strong Fund