Wendy Knott-Comer has multiple personalities.
One week she's Elizabeth, the next Fanny.
"It's easy when I'm in costume. It's a license to steal,'' said Knott-Comer, 57.
It's all made possible through her work as a living history interpreter at Heritage Village. And this fall, she will introduce several pioneering females from Pinellas County to participants in a new program: Mini-Camps for Adults, the first living history camp planned by the village — for grown-ups.
"Every time I perform at a kids' program at Heritage Village, adults come up and say, 'Man, I wish they had a program for us grownups,' " she said.
Knott-Comer, a fulltime employee for Pinellas County's Emergency Management, will receive a small stipend for conducting the classes this fall. She has volunteered at Heritage Village as a living history interpreter for seven years.
The Illinois native describes her different personalities in her Heritage Village work as "becoming the women.''
On select Saturdays, the Illinois native will portray Elizabeth McMullen, mother of 11; Fanny Moore, grove owner; Laura Meares Lowe, Florida ranch owner; and Mary Boyer, expert in the 18th century fishing industry.
"I grew up on a farm, and I was also very involved with Girl Scouts, so that's where I got my experience to do this. I'm a great black pot cooker,'' she said.
Although this is the first time the organization is offering this program, Heritage Village has offered adult classes in blacksmithing, basketry and vintage cooking classes in the past, said Ellen Babb, operations manager for Heritage Village. "I think adults get excited about having hands-on experience too,'' said Babb.
Piper Castillo is reachable at [email protected] or (727) 445-4163.
Mini-Camps for Adults
Camps will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on select Saturdays beginning Sept. 13 at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo.
Here is the schedule:
• Elizabeth McMullen, Elbow Grease and Homey Pastimes
• Fanny Moore, Living off the Land
• Laura Meares Lowe, Entwined in History
• Mary Boyer, Set a Course for Adventure
The cost for each Saturday mini-camp is $20 for Pinellas County Historical Society members and $24 for non-members. For the series, the cost is $60 for members, $76 for non-members.
For registration, go to www.pinellascounty.org/heritage or call (727) 582-2426.