2015 Events As of 4/9/15


LES COUREURS DE BOIS DE FORT DE CHARTRES MONTHLY MEETING AND SHOOT- 2nd SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH Flintlock only muzzle loading shoot by participants in historic clothes.  

COLONIAL TRADE FAIRE AND MUSKET AND RIFLE FROLIC – APRIL 10, 11 & 12 This is a JURIED living history event depicting the Illinois Country ca. 1750-1790.

SCHOOL OF THE SOLDIER – St. Gen(Holy Family)– APRIL 25&26 KID’S DAY – MAY 2  Sat. Only Kid’s Day features 18th century games, contests and crafts for children. FREE!

FORT DE CHARTRES 45TH ANNUAL JUNE RENDEZVOUS –  JUNE 6 & 7 The two-day Rendezvous, held the first weekend in June, features shooting competitions, military drills, dancing, music, food, and traders of eighteenth-century-style goods. EARLY SET-UP MAY 30. 

JULY-OCTOBER 1ST SAT. OF EACH MONTH 10 AM – 4 PM French Artillery fire the Fort’s cannon and answer questions about 18th century artillery.

FORT DE CHARTRES CANNON SCHOOL – SEPT. 5 & 6 Artillery Re-enactors participate in yearly safety training and demonstrate live cannon firing.  Training runs 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday and live firing demonstrations are on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

A WORLD WAR II SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS AT FORT DE CHARTRES  STATE HISTORIC SITE – OCT. 2, 3 & 4 This will be a large scale event featuring World War 2 era static displays, demonstrations and re-enactments.  The event is open to the public all three days, with the main activities being held on Saturday the 3rd.

FORT DE CHARTRES FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR ENCAMPMENT- 250th ANNIVERSARY OF FRENCH SURRENDER TO BRITISH 1765– OCT.  10 & 11 1750s historically dressed Native American, soldier, militia, and camp follower re-enactors participate in everyday camp activities.  This event runs from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.


Extra sorry for the delay-Welcome to the New Year!

I have been crazy with work since last June and just now had a chance to make another post. The event last year went well, with only a brief live tornado drill this time(we watched one hit near Redbud!) I have wanted to get other events posted here, and will try to do so soon. In the meantime, I will definitely update news for the 2015 June Rendezvous, which should be a special one.

Thanks for your patience!

June Rendezvous-notes from the Booshway

For those that came last year, thank you for your help , cooperation, and patience during Friday night’s storm and Sunday’s early shutdown. I know we were supposed to be a “cancelled ” event, but you can’t stop a ‘vous once it’s started, and for a cancelled event, most of us still managed to have a good time. It’s a little early to predict now, but initial reports say that flooding isn’t likely to be an issue this year, so come on back! No matter what, the Site Administrator has said there will be no more packing in and out of camp, so no fears there. I look forward to seeing everyone through a full event this year!

Thanks and see you soon


A few notes-

Please keep modern lighting out of camp, it ruins the spirit for a lot of people. If you are seen with modern lighting, I will ask you to get it out of site asap(medical and true emergencies notwithstanding). This also applies to modern chairs, etc. This is a historical reenactment- the rules are the same as any other rendezvous, so if you have guests, they need to be in dress after 5:00 pm and modern items need to be out of site!