50th ANNUAL FORT DE CHARTRES RENDEZVOUS UPDATE

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres will recognize 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!

300th Fort d Chartres Anniversary/50th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous August 2021 Press Release

 

50th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous April 2020 Press Release

50th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous Event Donors

Les Coureurs des Bois and Les Amis would like to thank the following businesses for their sponsorship of the 50th Annual Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres.

Please let these businesses know that we appreciate their support of the event and the surrounding communities that benefit from the event!

$1000 Gold Level-City of Waterloo

$500 Silver Level-City of Columbia, Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres

$250 Copper-Hopskellar Brewing Comapany, Kaskaskia Regional Port District, MAR Graphics, Red Bud Masonic Lodge 427

$100 Pewter Level-Cooper & Liefer Law Offices, Griggs Advertising, Reliable Sanitation, Sheldon Pewter

$50 Lead Level-Mohr Softwater & RB PHCE  Contractors

This celebratory Fort de Chartres special event will be extra special this year so stay tuned for updates and news!

To read Dave Horne’s article about the Fort’s 300 year-old history click HAPPY 300TH BIRTHDAY FORT DE CHARTERS

To support the Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2020 Special Events Giving Campaign-DONATE Special Events now!

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 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 Bankwith 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

MAR Graphics

Red Bud Industries, Inc.

Merci!

For more information concerning Fort de Chartres 2020 Special Events, email lesamisdufortdechartres@gmail.com.

For additional Fort site information, contact (618) 284-7230

 

Merci!

For more information concerning Fort de Chartres 2020 Special Events, email lesamisdufortdechartres@gmail.com.

 

Happy 50th Birthday Rendezvous article written by Dave Horne

 

 49th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous-Cancelled

To directly support the Fort de Chartres 50th Rendezvous, please DONATE NOW!

After assessing forecast river levels and evaluating the state of the grounds around Fort de Chartres, the Rendezvous Planning Committee and Site Staff have made the hard decision to cancel the 49th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous. This decision was not an easy one, as it affects the local community, a multitude of businesses, and individuals. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and support, with a special thanks to our sponsors who give generously every year. Their continued support makes the planning and success of special events at the Fort possible. We will definitely miss seeing everyone this year and we share in the disappointment of this announcement, but we look forward to seeing everyone a year from now to celebrate the 50th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous, June 6-7, 2020!

Thank you,

Jason Duensing

Rendezvous Planning Committee Chairperson

We thank the Levee Commissioners, local government, and residents for their hard work protecting this historic area.

General event information:

Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & June 2, 2019    Cancelled!

The 49th Annual Fort de Chartres June Rendezvous

Saturday, June 1, 10 AM-5 PM

Sunday, June 2, 10 AM-5 PM

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.

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 and by Les Coureurs des Bois de 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.

2019 Event Participation and Trade Rules Information and Rules.

 

New 2019 Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres  and Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 49th June Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres Sponsors

Les Coureurs des Bois and Les Amis would like to thank the following businesses for their sponsorship of the 49th Annual Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres. Please let these businesses know that we appreciate their support of the event and the surrounding communities that benefit from the event!

$250 Silver Level-Ken & Jena Oakley-Kopriva

$100 Copper Level-Red Bud VFW Post 6632, Reliable Sanitation, Sheldon Pewter

$50 Pewter Level-Howell Financial Services, INC, Mohr Softwater & RB PHCE  Contractors, Riverstone Animal Hospital, Stonetree Fabrications, Inc

Thank you!

We sincerely thank our Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2019 Special Events Corporate Giving Campaign Sponsors (5/1/2019)

$1000 Gold Level

Buena Vista National Bank, with Branches in Red Bud, Evansville, Chester, & Prairie du Rocher

$250 Bronze Level

First National Bank of Steeleville

Harrisonville Telephone Company (HTC)

Red Bud Masonic Lodge 427

Roeslein & Associates, Inc.

The Material Works

Weir Chevrolet Buick GMC

$100 Copper Level

American Long Rifle Association

MAR Graphics

Red Bud Industries, Inc.

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2019 Special Events Giving Campaign Individual Sponsors

$250 Bronze Level

Karyn & Herman Albers

 

 

From November, 2018-

On behalf of the Rendezvous Planning Committee, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres and Les Coureurs de Bois de Fort de Chartres; we would like to extend our THANKS to all who made the 48th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous a success! THANK YOU to all the volunteers who spent countless hours planning, organizing and managing the event; you are all the backbone of all the events held at Fort de Chartres! THANK YOU to our event sponsors for the monetary support desperately needed to keep the event going! THANK YOU to our loyal demonstrators, entertainers, participants and vendors for helping teach the history of our area in an entertaining and fun manner! THANK YOU to the many visitors, who share the same passion about history as we do, for coming to the event and helping keep history alive for our future generations! We are very passionate about Fort de Chartres and the events that take place at the site! We are truly grateful/humbled to have all the support/backing by all the above to make these events happen and we are looking forward to the next one!-Jason Duensing

 

 Thank you for the following 2018 sponsors:

New! Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2018 Corporate Giving Campaign Sponsors

$1000 Gold Level – Buena Vista National Bank, with Branches in Red Bud, Evansville, Chester, & Prairie du Rocher

$500 Silver Level-Gilster-Mary Lee

$250 Bronze Level -First National Bank of Steeleville

Harrisonville Telephone Company (HTC)

Red Bud Masonic Lodge 427

The Material Works LTD.

Walmart # 328 Waterloo Community Grant

$100 Copper Level-American Long Rifle Association

Lisa’s Market Street Grille

MAR Graphics

Parson John Living History Inc.

Red Bud Industries, Inc.

Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center

Weir Chevrolet Buick GMC

$50 or under Pewter Level-Smoke & Fire

Ron White/Total Eclipse

 

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2018 Special Events Giving Campaign Individual Sponsors

Karyn & Herman Albers

Linda Presler

Illinois Bicentennial  https://illinois200.com

 

Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres  and Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 48th June Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres Sponsors

here are a lot of special events at Fort de Chartres, but the Rendezvous held in June has always been the most popular. For 48 years now thousands of visitors and hundreds of participants have made the Rendezvous one of the biggest and best historic reenactments in the Midwest. ‘Course if you ask one of the participants they’ll tell you it IS the Biggest and it IS the Best anywhere, some call it “The Grand Daddy of them all!”  We’ll let you decide.

Visitors strolling through the fort will find artisan and craft demonstrations that include pottery, blacksmithing, metal-working in silver and pewter, felt-making, silk ribbon embroidery, weaving and woodworking. Many items will be for sale. Music pops up throughout the weekend with performances from fife-and-drum troops, string bands, folk duos, and more.

The River Gate Food Court will feature a variety of period food, drink and musical entertainment under a large tent.

The Rendezvous features 1700’s 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, watch swordsmen duel, taste delicious food, and much more.

Opening ceremonies occur both days at 10 AM followed by event activities, ending with a retreat ceremony at 5 PM. A dance for all participants and visitors will be held Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. inside the Fort.

The Fort de Chartres 48th Annual June Rendezvous is made possible through the dedication of the Fort’s many volunteers and support organizations. This annual event is presented by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, with additional event site support by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

While you’re at the Rendezvous make sure you stop by and talk to the folks from Les Amis and Les Coureurs des Bois and check out the Rendezvous T-Shirts they have for sale. You can show off to your friends that don’t have one and help to Fund the Rendezvous! All proceeds from the T-Shirt sales stay right here at Fort de Chartres to help finance the special events!

And If you would like an opportunity to donate directly to support the 48th Annual June Rendezvous, a donation link is listed below.

Please donate now to help us present this annual landmark event, we could really use your support! All funds raised through the following donation link are used to present the 48th Annual June Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres ONLY-thank you for support of this historic event. DONATE

 

 

A preview of what the Annual June Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres has to offer!

 

 

 

There are a lot of special events at Fort de Chartres, but the Rendezvous held in June has always been the most popular. For 48 years now thousands of visitors and hundreds of participants have made the Rendezvous one of the biggest and best historic reenactments in the Midwest. ‘Course if you ask one of the participants they’ll tell you it IS the Biggest and it IS the Best anywhere, some call it “The Grand Daddy of them all!”  We’ll let you decide.

Visitors strolling through the fort will find artisan and craft demonstrations that include pottery, blacksmithing, metal-working in silver and pewter, felt-making, silk ribbon embroidery, weaving and woodworking. Many items will be for sale. Music pops up throughout the weekend with performances from fife-and-drum troops, string bands, folk duos, and more.

The River Gate Food Court will feature a variety of period food, drink and musical entertainment under a large tent.

The Rendezvous features 1700’s 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, watch swordsmen duel, taste delicious food, and much more.

Opening ceremonies occur both days at 10 AM followed by event activities, ending with a retreat ceremony at 5 PM. A dance for all participants and visitors will be held Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. inside the Fort.

The Fort de Chartres 48th Annual June Rendezvous is made possible through the dedication of the Fort’s many volunteers and support organizations. This annual event is presented by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, with additional event site support by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

While you’re at the Rendezvous make sure you stop by and talk to the folks from Les Amis and Les Coureurs des Bois and check out the Rendezvous T-Shirts they have for sale. You can show off to your friends that don’t have one and help to Fund the Rendezvous! All proceeds from the T-Shirt sales stay right here at Fort de Chartres to help finance the special events!

And If you would like an opportunity to donate directly to support the 48th Annual June Rendezvous, a donation link is listed below. 

Please donate now to help us present this annual landmark event, we could really use your support! All funds raised through the following donation link are used to present the 48th Annual June Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres ONLY-thank you for support of this historic event. DONATE HERE!

For Event and Trade Rules:

2018-Rendezvous-Event-Trade-Rules

For Event Competition Rules:

Rendezvous-Competitions-2018

For the Event Schedule:

2018 48th Annual June Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres Schedule of Events