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2018 Rendezvous in the Sault

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Join us for the 6th Annual Rendezvous in the Sault on July 28-29, 2018 at the City Hall Grounds in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. Rendezvous in the Sault is a living history event that will take place along Historic Water Street at the City Hall Grounds and at the Historic Homes. Over 160 local and visiting historical re-enactors, blacksmiths, musicians, entertainers, and merchants will set up camps and displays with presentations and demonstrations on military and civilian life in the period of 1668-1840. Food, music, dancing, cannon firing, storytelling, crafts and games will be just some of the fun things to see and do at the Rendezvous in the Sault on Saturday and Sunday of the last full weekend of July.

Rendezvous in the Sault

Whether you participate in the Rendezvous in the Sault as a reenactor, merchant or visitor, you will love the view from the grounds of City Hall. It’s located near the banks of the St. Marys River on a spot with a rich and colorful history. The event site is on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and is a prime spot to see ships from around the world enter and exit the Soo Locks.

Learn about life in colonial days from local and visiting historic reenactors. Storytellers will captivate you as they weave tales of exciting adventure from days gone by.

Musicians will be playing some of the hottest hits of the 17th & 18th centuries! Play the games that colonial children played. Visit the tent-stores of vendors of clothing, and accoutrements. Artisans will demonstrate crafts of the colonial days – spinning, needlecrafts, etc. Take in the aroma of food being cooked old-style; then enjoy the taste of the colonial fare. Dance like the the colonial people of Sault Ste. Marie. Take a guided tour of the historic homes of John Johnston, Henry Rowe and Jane Johnston Schoolcraft and Bishop Frederic Baraga. Many educational opportunities for children and grownups alike.

Admission:
Adult: $4
Children (12 & under): $2
Family: $10
Admission good for both days

Location
Sault Ste Marie City Hall Grounds
225 E Portage Ave
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
(906) 632-5734

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
NOTE: Schedule is tentative and will be updated as special events are confirmed.

Saturday Schedule
  • 10:00 am: Grounds Open
  • 10:30 am: Storytelling & Special Presentations
  • 11:00 am: Opening Ceremony
  • 12 noon: Canon Firing (then on the hour)
  • 12:15 pm: Musket Firing (then 15 min past hr)
  • 12:30 pm: Youth Muster (then on the half hour)
  • 1:00 pm: Special events and presentations
  • 6:00 pm: Grounds Close for Night
  • 8:00 pm: Concert – City Hall (corner of Bingham and Portage)
  • 9:00 pm: Paddle Dance
Sunday Schedule
  • 10:00 am: Grounds Open
  • 10:30 am: Storytelling & Special Presentations
  • 12 noon: Canon Firing (then on the hour)
  • 12:15 pm: Musket Firing (then 15 min past hr)
  • 12:30 pm: Youth Muster (then on the half hour)
  • 1:00 pm: Special events and presentations
Throughout the Weekend Schedule
  • Meet Historic Personalities (Historic Homes)
  • Children’s games and historical crafts (Homes)
  • Fur Traders, Voyageurs, Soldiers, Musicians, Trappers and many others will be on hand with music, stories and exhibits.
  • Children earn a special award for visiting 10 predetermined stations and learning about colonial life (ask for your Voyage Log at the City Hall Gate)
  • Canon Firing, Military Demos & Youth Muster
  • Tomahawk Throwing (must wear closed-toe shoes)
  • McSpillin Band playing Irish & Colonial Folk Songs
  • Trois Bouffons Playing music throughout the camps
  • Chris & Tim Irwin (Heritage String Band) play period music and teach you to dance.
  • Genot Picor tells stories at campsites
  • Colonial Era merchants have items for sale
  • Food and locally brewed rootbeer available

Gather Where History was Made
Rendezvous in the Sault takes place on the very grounds where the first European settlement in Michigan was created when the Sainte Marie du Sault mission was founded in 1668. This is the same area where John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company, which was chartered in 1808, had its post in Sault Ste. Marie. It is the very site where Fort De Repentigny was constructed to provide refuge for French voyageurs in 1750, and where, in 1822, Colonel Hugh Brady arrived with Henry Rowe Schoolcraft and established Fort Brady. Before all that, it was the main gathering place of the Anishanaabeg where the adjacent land served as the Wadjiwong (Great Hill) Ancient Burial Grounds; one of the earliest known Anishinaabeg graveyards.

For More Information: Angie Patterson Email: apatterson@sault.com Phone: (906) 632-5734

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Rendezvous in the Sault at the City Hall Grounds in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.

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