Rendezvous organizers pleased with response

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

In the second year of its reincarnation, the Crossroads Rendezvous was a success by any measure, organizers say.

For one, the number of artisans,  re-enactors and other participants doubled, organizer Mary Boyle said, noting that the event added  a blacksmith, silversmith and a British encampment.

More than 500 students attended School Day on Friday, May 17, the first day of the three-day Rendezvous, according to Boyle.

“We overheard one student say to his teacher, ‘This is the best field trip ever!’” she said.

More than 1,000 people attended over the weekend, Boyle said.

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 event raised more than $3,000, a portion of which will go to the historical society, Boyle said. The historical society also made several hundred dollars from its fry bread tent, as did local Scouts from selling food.

The Crossroads Rendezvous was run by the historical society from 1991 to 2006 and returned in 2018 under the direction of historical re-enactors Boyle and Sara Dahmen.

The event 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.

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