Rendezvous set for next weekend

The two-day annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous, held the first weekend in June, will feature shooting competitions, military drills, dancing, music, food and traders of 18th century-style goods.

The popular free event will be held on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days, at the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher.

The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s as part of the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest, attracting thousands of visitors to the site.

For more on this year’s Rendezvous, please see this week’s print edition.