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 Thursday 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 (January)

“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.”

Happy New Year my friends!!!!

I hope your holidays were safe and pleasant. I’m very short on time at the moment so let’s go over the schedule. We have not completed our 2018 Blackpowder calendar as of this writing so I’ll give you what I can for now. This happens each year.

Our walkthrough will be held at The Wintering, mentioned shortly, so there will be no additional walkthru this month.

Our monthly meeting is THURSDAY 11th at 7:30 pm. Come on out and see what all we have going on this winter. Among other things we’ll discuss the upcoming “Wintering” this month. We will also discuss projects we may wish to do this coming spring and summer.

The only other event for us this month is “The Wintering”, our annual and ever popular winter Rendezvous, the last FULL weekend of January 26-28, regardless of the weather. This weekend will include a shoot (which is the monthly walkthru). Pack yer lodge, yer plunder, yer long handles, yer wools and furs, and yer mukluks, and join us camping for this pleasant weekend of relaxation around the roaring fires. Much time is also spent just hanging around the wood stove up in the Brandy Station (blockhouse) too if it’s real cold outside. There will be one smokepole shoot on Saturday, and perhaps a long bow shoot as well, so come prepared for battle. If anything, the coffee will be hot and plentiful, and the camaraderie quite enjoyable, regardless of the weather. Come on out!!!!! If you’d like to stay the weekend but don’t have a tent the Blockhouse has rope beds and a wood burning stove upstairs, and room for a few cots too, so talk to Greg and reserve yourself a spot. It’s a shinin’ time!

That’s all I’ve got for now. Is there anything else you’d like to know about the Wintering, or our big summer Rendezvous held each year on Labor Day weekend, or anything else related to what we do? Send a smoke signal to me at the address below. and I will answer you quickly.

On behalf of our entire WWCCA Tonquish Muzzleloader family I’d like to wish you all a safe and wonderful Christmas season, and a Happy New Year. If you have any questions regarding what we do, or pre-1840 historical re-enacting in general, send a smoke signal to me at the address below. Until next we meet, I hope you all fare well.

Until next we meet…. watch yer topknot!!

Blackpowder Scribe

Mark Johnstone
Scribe, Blackpowder
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