Blackpowder Overview

We are the Black Powder group here at WWCCA and we’d like to welcome you to the Club.

We encourage you to attend the various meetings and get involved in all the activities available here at the club. Get to know people and ask questions. That’s the best way to navigate around and enjoy the place. If you don’t feel comfortable participating yet, then just come out and watch how things are done. Eventually you will get to know people and realize we’re all here for one main purpose…to have fun!!!

Our particular group, the Tonquish Muzzlerloaders of WWCCA, have our monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, at 7:30 p.m. Open to members you are encouraged to come out and introduce yourself. We are very eager to share our hobby with anyone who may be curious, so come on by! Our shoots consist of a monthly “walkthru” which is a variety of targets we’ve set up in the woods beyond the wall along the 200 yard range. The entrance to the walkthru is at the very southeast corner of the 200 yard range parking area. There is a sign marking the entrance. These walkthru’s are usually the first Sunday of every month, depending on our event schedule for that month, and usually at 10:00 a.m. However, read your “Clubhouse Window” to make sure as these dates change on occasion depending on our schedule. We also shoot sometimes on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

We hold to major Rendezvous’ every year here at the Club. The big one is the annual “Labor Day Weekend Rendezvous”, which is the largest primitive Rendezvous held in the state of Michigan. The other one is “The Wintering” held on the last full weekend of January. A much smaller affair but every bit as enjoyable as the other. We sometimes have a small campout on Memorial Day weekend, and sometimes also on the July 4th weekend, and these are very relaxing events as well.

Our Chairman is Greg “Shortcut” Baack. His phone number is on page 2 of your Clubhouse Window newsletter. We also have an event coordinator of Blackpowder activities and her name is Roxanna “Style-n-Grace” Maddox. Her number is also on page 2. The Scribe for our group is Mark “No Name” Johnstone. He writes the “Black Powder Trails” article in your Clubhouse Window and will gladly take any questions you may have about the group and what we do, or anything related to Blackpowder shooting. Email him anytime at

See below to see what it is that we do!!!


Blackpowder Monthly Article

Black Powder Trails (September)

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, 
the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Greetings to all, at the beginning of fall…my favorite time of year. We’ve bid farewell to Jeremiah and his family for now and will go off on our own for a while. We’ll ride over to visit Bear Claw (Chris Lapp) while we’re in the area. He’s hoot and his cabin is a place you’ll want to explore. Take us a few days to get there. (Historical note: Chris Lapp was a true mountain man. He live and breathed)

Hopefully you all get this article in time to realize that Rendezvous will be going on at the Club on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, and we’d like you all to stop out and visit if you can. (On Monday 4th we tear down and go home.)

Keep in mind that during Rendezvous ALL ranges except the shotgun fields, the 25 yd. range, and the Archery woods walkthru area will be CLOSED. The ranges will re-open on Monday Sept. 4 at 10:00 am; and the Archery Standup area will open later in the day after all the campers have vacated the area.

We do NOT have a regular monthly walkthru scheduled this month on account of Rendezvous.

Our monthly meeting is on Weds. 13th at 7:30 pm.. Please come out and share your comments and suggestions about Rendezvous. Your thoughts on Rendezvous are very much valued and appreciated, helping us to improve the event a little bit each year, so please come out and contribute whatever is on your mind.

The annual Oakland County Fall Rendezvous will be held on the weekend of September 15-17 this year. This is another of our favorite Rendezvous’ as well. It’s a great time of year for a Rendezvous, and lots of good friends there too. Come by our meeting to get more info or call our Chairman, Greg Baack. His number is on page 2 of this Window.

Keep in mind the Attica Rendezvous is coming up next month, the weekend of October 6-8. I will have more on that event next time.

Again, if you’re reading this before Labor Day Weekend, I heartily encourage you to grab your family and friends and please come out and visit us. This huge historical reenactment happens only once a year, it happens right here at your Club, and it’s free just to visit. It can’t get any better than that!! Bring a camera…. once you cross the bridge into the encampment you will step back in time to the late 1700’s. It’s quite a breathtaking sight for the first timers. I fondly recall the very first time I attended a Rendezvous, some 28 years ago now. The first time I walked across that bridge and saw the encampment it almost took my breath away, and it certainly gave me goose bumps. I knew I was hooked. I felt as though I had gone back in time. It still gives me goose bumps when I get there even to this day, to go across the bridge and stretched before me is a sea of white canvas tents, lean-to’s, and teepees of all varieties, smoking campfires, and buckskinners, male and female, young and old, all dressed proper for the early 19th century. Let the revelry begin!!

I have just finished yet another fine book that I would highly recommend for those of you who enjoy reading about our very early, small, but growing U. S. navy, its involvement in The Revolutionary War and especially during the war of 1812, which is primarily what this book deals with. Written by C. S. Forester, the very finest historical naval warfare author I have ever read, it is called “The Age of Fighting Sail”. We all know that England was the master of the sea for centuries, followed closely by France and Spain, but once America declared her Independence we began building a formidable military, and then began a navy. It was very touch and go for a while, we being such a young and inexperienced naval power, hardly a power at all really with not very many ships, and no real big ships-of-the-line yet, but by the end of the book, much to the suffering and dismay of the British navy, our young navy grew and we were rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Near the end of the book there is no question left in anyone’s mind, especially in the mind of the British, that very soon America would be the supreme world sea power, not to be challenged by any nation, not even the mighty British or French. Do yourself a favor and get this book. It is not a novel. It is history at its finest, a narrative of our past. Especially interesting for me was The Battle of Lake Erie. It’s hard to imagine tall ships of war firing broadsides right here on our own Lake Erie, but it happened. I believe I have fished for walleye over the very same waters. As you also know, the USS Constitution is still afloat on the east coast now and she is taken out for a sail once or twice a year. You can take tours of her dockside, and she has for many years now been refurbished to her absolute original and mint condition. She is a beautiful ship. I have the video about her. The Constitution, our very first big war ship, is in this book a great deal, and she saw more battles than I was ever aware of. She was also beaten up quite a bit but somehow she survived all these years and is our most valuable treasure. She witnessed the very beginnings of America, a newly independent nation, and she fought so very hard to defend her. There were others in that war whose name has been used on ships throughout our history, like Saratoga, Essex, Constellation, and more. They all had their real beginnings in The War of 1812. This book deserves a prominent place on your bookshelf.

As you are aware, I have been mentioning books to you over the last few years, and I do have a list of all of them in entirety. If you’d like the list, which now is about 6 pages long, (due to brief descriptions of each book) send me an email and I’ll fire it off to you. My list will keep you busy reading for quite some time, believe me. Ask Jim Vihtelic. LOL

That’s all I’ve got for this month.
I hope you all enjoy Rendezvous and have a safe journey home.
Until next we meet…… I hope you all fare well.

Blackpowder Scribe

Mark Johnstone
Scribe, Blackpowder