50th ANNUAL FORT DE CHARTRES RENDEZVOUS and FALL 2020 SPECIAL EVENTS UPDATE
Les Amis du Fort de Chartres will recognizie the 300th anniversary of historic Fort de Chartres and 50 years of the Annual Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres next year during the Fort’s 51st Annual Rendezvous, June 5 & 6, 2021
Les Amis du Fort de Chartres announces the postponed celebrations of the 300th Anniversary of Fort de Chartres and 50 Years of Rendezvous during the 51st Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous, June 5 & 6, 2021. Currently, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Historic Sites are following the state’s Phase 4 guidelines, which allow for groups of only 50 persons or less on site. Due to these restrictions, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres announces the cancellation of the remainder of Fort 2020 events. With the state and region’s recent spike of Covid-19 pandemic cases, it is uncertain when the state will transition into the next and final site opening phase which will have no restrictions for site events and gatherings.
Fort de Chartres State Historic Site’s annual Rendezvous, is the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest. The event attracts many thousands to the site during this two-day special event. This annual event is presented by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres. The Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous is made possible through the dedication of the Fort’s many volunteers and support organizations and through donations by businesses and individuals in our surrounding communities. All event funds raised this year thus far will be used to plan and present Fort events in 2021, once the state of Illinois enters Phase 5 status. We understand this has been a challenging and disappointing year for events at Fort de Chartres, but the health and safety of our visitors and participants is our top priority. The event will be expanded next year, in celebration of its 2020 golden anniversary and in recognition of the 300th anniversary of the first Fort de Chartres.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during the pandemic health crisis. Les Amis offers our best wishes for everyone’s continued health and safety and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021!
2021 Fort de Chartres State Historic Site Special Events
at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, at 1350 IL Route 155, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher.
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Fort de Chartres Colonial Trade Faire and Musket & Rifle Frolic
Saturday, April 3, 10 AM-5 PM
Sunday, April 4, 10 AM-3 PM
The Colonial Trade Faire is a JURIED living history event for participants depicting the Illinois Country ca. 1750-1790.
The Trade Faire, features costumed historic interpreters, shooting matches, and period games, with reproduction period goods sold by craftsperson and merchants. The Colonial Trade Faire is hosted by the Kaskaskia Company.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Kids’ Day-Saturday, May 1, 10 AM-4 PM Cancelled
Kids’ Day features 18th century games, contests and crafts for children. FREE to the general public.
Volunteer Interpreters will be on site to allow kids their hand at 18th century rope making, archery, games and other activities. Kids can enlist to be a Fort de Chartres French Marine and can take a chance at becoming King or Queen by finding the bean in the Kings cake! All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Concessions will be available for sale throughout the day. The event is open and free to general public.
Saturday & Sunday, June 5 & 6, 2021
The 50th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous
Saturday, June 5, 9 AM-5 PM
The two-day popular annual Rendezvous, usually held the first weekend in June, features shooting competitions, military drills, dancing, music, food, and traders of eighteenth-century-style goods.
The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s on June 1 and 2 at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site’s annual Rendezvous, the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest, attracting many thousands to the site during this 2 day special event. 2020 heralds the 300th anniversary of the first wooden Fort de Chartres and 300th Anniversary special ceremony is to be held at the Rendezvous on June 6. Dignitaries, campaign donors, and other supporters across the state and nation will be in attendance. Click on the 50th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous page located on this website for event updates.
The Rendezvous features 1700s military units, traditional craft demonstrations, period music and dancing, black powder shooting events and cannon firings – all from the time when France controlled what is now Illinois. Visitors can try their hand at throwing a tomahawk, buy hand-made crafts, learn about French kitchen gardens, and watch swordsmen duel, taste delicious food and much more. This event is hosted by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, with additional site support from the Illinois Historic Preservation Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The event is open and free to general public with special event parking for this event just $5 a car. Donations welcomed.
Saturdays, July & August 2021 TBA
18th Century Cannon Demonstration
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Members of the French Colonial Artillery will be on site at Fort de Chartres to explain the 18th century history of artillery. They will be available to demonstrate the techniques used to fire a cannon and will explain the role that artillery played at Fort de Chartres.
Friends of the Fort Summer Ball
Saturday, July TBA, 2021, 7 PM-10 PM
Suggested donation of $20 a person and all funds raised will go directly to the not-for-profit support organization, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, which supports improvement projects at Fort de Chartres State Historical Site.
Les Amis du Fort de Chartres is hosting the fundraising event “Friends of the Fort Summer Ball”. Eighteenth century music and dance calling will be provided by a live band. Period dress encouraged but not required. This event is open to all. Let’s gather together for some midsummer fun, have a great time while supporting our Fort.
Fort de Chartres Muzzle Loading Black Powder Artillery Safety School TBA
Artillery Re-enactors participate in yearly safety training and demonstrate live cannon firing.
Training runs 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday. Hosted by the French Colonial Artillery from the Holy Family Militia. For more information on how to register for this event, click on flyer on the right or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10, 2021
Fort de Chartres French & Indian War Encampment and Competition
Saturday, October 9, 10 AM-4 PM
Sunday, October 10, 10 AM-2 PM
1750s historically dressed Native American, soldier, militia, and camp follower re-enactors participate in everyday camp activities and military drills. This event is presented by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres. 2019 event schedule is available by clicking on flyer to the right.
Saturday & Sunday, November 6 & 7, 2021
Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous & Woodswalk
Saturday, November 6, 10 AM-5 PM
Sunday, November 7, 10 AM-3 PM
This event features 18th and early 19th century camp life and re-enactors who participate in a muzzleloader woods walk shooting competition.
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 November 6 & 7.
Soldiers, trappers, traders and Native Americans (as portrayed by historic re-enactors) will 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 to1820 and for visitors spending an autumn day wandering among the tents, campfires and historic French colonial fort. The event is open and free to the general public. This event is hosted by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres. Please check the Winter Rendezvous page of this website for an event flyer, participant and/or event rules information, and for any relevant event updates.
Thursday, December 31, 2021
La Guiannee at Fort de Chartres
Friday, December 31, 7 PM-9 PM
The Prairie du Rocher La Guiannee visits the site to play period music and sing.
In a traditional New Year’s Eve celebration dating back to 1722, the La Guiannee singers will visit houses and Fort de Chartres in the early French town of Prairie du Rocher and sing for the residents. As part of the tradition, the residents provide refreshments for the singers at each stop. It is cosponsored by Fort de Chartres, Les Amis, and the Prairie du Rocher La Guiannee Society. The event is open and free to the general public.
The not-for-profit all-volunteer support organizations, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres and Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres, will sponsor the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site special events in 2019 and will cover the event expenses that were previously covered by the state in an effort to keep the Fort and the surrounding area’s businesses vital and alive with activity. Les Amis was very grateful for all the donations given to our Les Amis du Fort de Chartres Special Events 2016, 2017, and 2018 Giving Campaigns, corporate gifts and individual donations allowed Les Amis to successfully sponsor recent Fort de Chartres special events. Les Amis looks forward to working with many of the Fort’s other support organizations, along with our special event donors, enabling us to sponsor special events.
DONATE to our Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2020Special Event Events Giving Campaign!
Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2020 Special Events Giving Campaign downloadable form available by clicking here.
We sincerely thank our Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2020 Special Events Corporate Giving Campaign Sponsors (as of 6/10/2020)
$1000 Gold Level
Buena Vista National Bank, with Branches in Red Bud, Evansville, Chester, & Prairie du Rocher
$500 Silver Level
Kaskaskia Regional Port District
$250 Bronze Level
First National Bank of Steeleville
Harrisonville Telephone Company (HTC)
The Material Works
Red Bud Masonic Lodge 427
$100 Copper Level
American Legion Post #622-Prariie du Rocher, IL
Red Bud Industries, Inc.
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