Winter Rendezvous returns to Fort de Chartres this weekend

The Fort de Chartres State Historic Site presents a weekend of colorful clothing, hand-made crafts, period music and delicious food when the annual Winter Rendezvous returns on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4.

Re-enactors will portray soldiers, trappers, traders and Native Americans as they gather at the rendezvous. They’ll trade goods, buy supplies, and some will take part in a shooting contest that requires them to walk through the woods and fire flintlocks at pop-up targets.

The rendezvous is fun both for the participants demonstrating frontier life from 1700 to 1820 and for visitors spending an autumn day wandering among the tents, campfires and historic French colonial fort. The event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and is sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres.

For more information, please see this week’s print edition.