40th Annual Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous is May 28-29

Staff Writer

One of the Midwest’s premier Revolutionary War
re-enactments will occur Memorial Day Weekend in Indiana’s First City - the
site of the foremost American victory within the frontier.

Located on the grounds of the French Commons, adjacent to the George Rogers
Clark National Historical Park, the 40th Annual Spirit of Vincennes
Rendezvous will transport those with a sense of adventure back in time to
experience the color, costumes, and lifestyle of the 18th century. The
Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous is a featured Legacy Event as part of
Indiana’s year-long Bicentennial celebration.

Spectacular, authentic battle re-enactments are exciting Rendezvous crowd
pleasers and feature the 1779 capture of Fort Sackville between Colonial
and British troops. Two re-enactments will take place each day, including
an unprecedented evening battle. Battles will be at 2 and 8 p.m. (EDT) on
Saturday and 12 Noon and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The enticing sounds of dulcimers, bagpipes, and drums will ring across the
Commons and vendors will offer demonstrations of early frontier living.
Among the period wares for sale will be pottery, leather goods, wooden
toys, pewter, herbs, wood bowls, baskets, iron works, period clothing, and
more. Food vendors will offer up a variety of period-specific fares such
as buffalo burgers, pork chops, turkey legs, creek fried potatoes, homemade
pies, bread pudding, and strawberry shortcake.

Throughout the two-day event, visitors can also experience a realistic 18th
century military encampment that serves as home to re-enactor members of
the Northwest Territory Alliance. The French Commons Stage will feature
entertainment for all ages as well as wagon rides, children’s games,
storytellers, and jugglers.

Single-day admission costs $10 at the gate for adults, $2 for children.
Admission buttons good for both days cost $12 and can be purchased in
advance for $9 at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park and all
Vincennes area financial institutions. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 9:00
p.m. and Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional Rendezvous activities include candlelight tours of the nearby
Indiana State Territorial Sites, Old French House, and Grouseland - the
home of 9th U.S. President William Henry Harrison. The State Constitution
and John Small Rifle will be on display at the adjacent DAR chapter house.
Free transportation is provided for those wearing a Rendezvous admission
button. The Old Cathedral Court Yard will be the site of a Strawberry
Festival on Saturday, along with breakfast starting at 7 a.m. And the
world premiere of “Alice of Old Vincennes: The Musical” will take place at
Vincennes University’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.

Complete details about the 40th Annual Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous are
available online at http://www.spiritofvincennes.org, on the group’s
Facebook page, or by calling 800-886-6443.