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May 15, 2014

Step back in time at May 24-25 Vincennes Rendezvous

Step back in time at the 38th Annual Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous this Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-25. Celebrate the color, costume and lifestyle of the 18th century.

Browse among 100 authentic merchant and food booths on the grounds of the French Commons located at Second and Willow streets behind the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.

One highlight of this year's Rendezvous will be a salute to the fictional Alice of Old Vincennes, the title character in a novel written by Maurice Thompson in 1900. The dramatic story is set in Vincennes during the American Revolutionary War.

Authentic battle re-enactments are an exciting crowd-pleaser and feature the 1779 capture of Fort Sackville between the Colonial and British troops. Battles are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Vendor booths will give demonstrations of early frontier skills and offer period wares for sale, such as pottery, leather goods, wooden toys, pewter, herbs, wood bowls, baskets, iron works, period clothing, and more.

Admission costs $8 per day at the gate, children $2. Buttons good for both days cost $9; advance buttons are available for $7 at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park and all Vincennes area financial institutions. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Throughout the two-day event, visitors can stroll through the authentic encampment and interact with re-enactor members of the Northwest Territory Alliance. And there will be ongoing entertainment, period music, wagon rides, puppet shows, children’s games, storytellers, jugglers, and more.

Food vendors will serve a wide variety of period foods including buffalo burgers, pork chops, turkey legs, creek fried potatoes, homemade pies, bread pudding, and even strawberry shortcake.

Additional Rendezvous activities include candlelight tours of the nearby Indiana State Territorial Sites and Grouseland — home of 9th U.S. President William Henry Harrison.

Free transportation is provided for those wearing a Rendezvous button.  

Visitors are invited to attend a grand ball at the State Historic Sites on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Details are available online at www.spiritofvincennes.org, by calling 800-886-6443, or on the group’s Facebook page.

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