It’s Crossroads time

Annual Rendezvous Historical Reenactment will return this weekend to Saukville’s Peninsula Park

RE-ENACTORS REPRESENTING the fur trade era in Wisconsin’s history will be among the participants in this weekend’s Crossroads Rendezvous, which starts on Friday, May 17, at Peninsula Park in Saukville. Press file photo

The second annual Crossroads Rendezvous Historical Reenactment returns to Peninsula Park this weekend.

The Crossroads Rendezvous is sponsored by the Saukville Area Historical Society and features re-enactors from across the Midwest portraying people of the fur trade era in Wisconsin from 1750 to 1840.

The Crossroads Rendezvous was run by the historical society from 1991 to 2006 and returned last year under the direction of historical re-enactors Mary Boyle and Sara Dahmen of Port Washington.

“We wanted an event in our own community, and we thought it would be easier to work with something that people were already familiar with rather than reinvent the wheel,” Boyle said.

“Several of the original organizers were still with the Historical Society, and they were so welcoming and instrumental in getting the event restarted.”

Last year, more than 500 area students participated in the Crossroads Rendezvous School Day, which this year is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17. Activities are aimed at school children but open to the general public.

More than  2,000 people attended the Crossroads Rendezvous last year, raising more than $2,600 for the historical society. 

Boy Scout Troop 840 also raised money by serving food during the event.

Organizers say they expect the camp to double in size this year.

Stations are scattered throughout the camp where children can try their hand at 18th-century games, join the French marines or British militia, speak with a voyageur, look at actual 18th-century artifacts and observe tradesmen such as blacksmiths, tinsmiths, silversmiths and woodworkers.

New this year, and just for the School Day, is Wisconsin folk singer David HB Drake, who will perform a variation of his “Gather by the Waters” presentation at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

Riveredge Nature Center will offer canoe paddling lessons on land and a look through a microscope at what resides in the Milwaukee River.

Visitors are encouraged to park at U-Haul Moving and Storage, 835 E. Green Bay Ave. in Saukville, and take the shuttle to the event.

Event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with opening colors at 10 a.m., mini-militia and marine drills for kids at 11 a.m., kids tactical at 2:30 p.m. and 1776 drilling with Lauzun’s Legion at 4 p.m.

Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Opening Colors at 11 a.m., French and Indian tactical exercises at 1 p.m. and a cannon demonstration at 2 p.m.

The Crossroads Rendezvous is partially funded through a tourism grant from the Saukville Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Saukville plus donations from Port Washington State Bank, Charter Steel, FPZ Inc., Backwoods Tin and Copper, U-Haul Moving and Storage, Riveredge Restaurant, The Paperie, Mueller Heating and Cooling and Saukville Feed Supply.

For more information, contact Mary Boyle at (262) 288-1839, email info@CrossroadsRendezvous.org or go to www.CrossroadsRendezvous.org or Facebook.com/CrossroadsRendezvous.

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