Fur-trade era returns to village

The Crossroads Rendezvous provides a look back in time

 The Crossroads Rendezvous will return to Saukville this spring after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic.

The historical recreation event will be held in Peninsula Park on May 20, 21 and 22.

The event draws re-enactors from across the Midwest representing people of the fur-trade era in Wisconsin from 1750 to 1840. Re-enactors set up tents, come dressed in historical garb, hold mock battles and provide a glimpse of what life was like hundreds of years ago.

The Saukville Historical Society ran the event from 1991 to  2006 before it was discontinued. In fall 2007, the event was revived by Port Washington re-enactors Mary Boyle and Sara Dahmen, who continue to organize the event. In 2018 and 2019, Rendezvous drew more than 2,000 visitors throughout the weekend.

On Friday, May 20, the event will be open to school groups for an education focused day of re-enactments. School groups must register no later than May 1. Student tickets are $3 each, and teachers and chaperones are free.

On Saturday the event will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

General admission tickets are $5, seniors, armed forces members and veterans get in for $4, children under 18 get in for $2 and those younger than 2 are admitted for free.

Parking is not available at Peninsula Park but will be available at U-Haul Moving and Storage, 835 E. Green Bay Ave. in Saukville. A shuttle will transport attendees to the event.

Pets are not permitted at the event.

Those wishing to participate in the recreation must fill out a form at crossroadsrendezvous.org to be considered.

Rendezvous is a juried invitation only event.

Priority will be given to re-enactors, presenters, sutlers and entertainers who are excellent demonstrators and educators. Participants will be asked to provide photos, links or a statement describing their presentation.

Rendezvous is also looking for volunteers from local civic or nonprofit groups to assist with food, beverages and other services at the event. Historical attire and booth space will be provided to nonprofits for fundraising opportunities.

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