Enjoy the Sights, the Sounds, and the Smells of the 17th & 18th Centuries
( 1668 - 1840 )




"Sault de Sainte Marie" means "Falls (Rapids) of St. Mary", in the old French of the Jesuits who founded a mission here in 1668. Thus, most of the early history of Sault Ste. Marie centers on the rapids, the river, and the land adjacent to it. 

And that's exactly where this exciting event will be taking place !

Historic Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
July 29 & 30, 2017

Join us each year for the last full weekend of July on the very grounds where the first European settlement in Michigan was created when the Sainte Marie du Sault mission was founded here in 1668.  This is the same area where John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company, which was chartered in 1808, had its post in Sault Ste. Marie.  It is the very site where Fort De Repentigny was constructed to provide refuge for French voyageurs in 1750, and where, in 1822, Colonel Hugh Brady arrived with Henry Rowe Schoolcraft and established Fort Brady.  Before all that, it was the main gathering place of the Anishanaabeg where the adjacent land served as the Wadjiwong (Great Hill) Ancient Burial Grounds; one of the earliest known Anishinaabeg graveyards.

What better place to bring history back to life
than the very spot where the original events first played out?


Join Us In
Historic Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
July 29 & 30, 2017
for a
Rendezvous in the Sault

Learn about life in colonial days from local and visiting historic re-enactors.
Storytellers will captivate you as they weave tales of exciting adventure from days gone by. 
Musicians will be playing some of the hottest hits of the 17th & 18th centuries!
Play the games that colonial children played.
Visit the tent-stores of vendors of clothing, and accoutrements.
Artisans will demonstrate crafts of the colonial days  - spinning, needlecrafts, etc..
Take in the aroma of food being cooked old-style; then enjoy the taste of the colonial fare.
Dance like the the colonial people of Sault Ste. Marie.
Take a guided tour of the historic homes of 
John Johnston, Henry Rowe and Jane Johnston Schoolcraft and Bishop Frederic Baraga.

Many educational opportunities for children and grownups alike.

. . . and MUCH MUCH MORE !!


Admission: Adult: $5.00 Children (12 & under): $2.00 Family: $10.00
Admission good for both days, so come and go as you please.
There's lots to do around town.

NEW! The Massachusetts Provincial Batallion

There's no better better place to spend your time
than Sault Ste. Marie. 

Whether you participate in the event as a re-enactor, merchant or visitor, you will love the view from the grounds of City Hall.  It's located near the banks of the St. Marys River on a spot with a rich and colorful history. The site is on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and is a prime spot to see ships from around the world enter and exit the Soo Locks.

It's just a short walk to the Soo Locks, as well as the historic homes of John & Susan Johnston, Henry Rowe and Jane Johnston Schoolcraft and Bishop Frederic Baraga; as well as to many other local attractions

The people of the Sault are some of the friendliest folks around.  We're glad to have you  -  so come and enjoy your visit.  Stay for a day, a week, or forever, in Historic Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. 

There's something for everyone in the family. Scroll down for more fun things to do while you're here.



We would like to thank the following local groups and businesses for their support of Rendezvous in the Sault.

Sault Convention and Visitors Bureau
Sault Area Foundation for Education
Sault Historic Sites
Chippewa County Historical Society
The Sault Events
Kewadin Casinos
City of Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Historical Development Commission
Osborn Trust Fund
Downtown Development Authority
Soo Evening News

 The Volunteers Who Make it Possible

Thank You !




NOTE: The 2017 Schedule will be updated as special events are confirmed

SATURDAY – July 29, 2017

10:00 am: Grounds Open
10:30 am: Color Ceremony/Canon Demonstration(Brady Park)
11:00 am: Genot Picor: Storytelling
12:00 pm: NEW! 18th Century Military Demonstrations & Battle Tacticals (Brady Park)
1:00 pm: Canon Firing (then on the hour)
12:15 pm: Musket Firing (then 15 min past hr)
12:30 pm: Youth Muster (then on the half hour)
1:00 pm: Butter Churning (Historic Homes)
3:00 pm NEW! 18th Century Military Demonstrations & Battle Tacticals (Brady Park)
3:30 pm Genot Picor, Storytelling
6:00 pm: Grounds Close for Night
8:00 pm: LaCompagnie Music Concert - City Hall (corner of Bingham and Portage)
9:00 pm: Paddle Dance

SUNDAY – July 30, 2017


10:00 am: Grounds Open
10:30 am: Genot Picor, Storytelling
2:30 pm: NEW! 18th Century Military Demonstrations & Battle Tacticals (Brady Park)
12 noon: Canon Firing (then on the hour)
12:15 pm: Musket Firing (then 15 min past hr)
12:30 pm: Youth Muster (then on the half hour)
1:00 pm: Butter Churning (Historic Homes)
2:00 pm: Genot Picor, Storytelling
2:30 pm: NEW! 18th Century Military Demonstrations & Battle Tacticals (Brady Park)


  • Fife & Drum Corps.

  • Meet Historic Personalities (Historic Homes)

  • Children's games and historical crafts (Homes)

  • Fur Traders, Voyageurs, Soldiers (both French and NEW!this year... the British, Musicians, Trappers and many others will be on hand with music, stories and exhibits.

  • Children earn a special award for visiting 10 predetermined stations and learning about colonial life (ask for your Voyage Log at the City Hall Gate)

  • Canon Firing, Military Demos & Youth Muster

  • Tomahawk Throwing (must wear closed-toe shoes)

  • McSpillin Band playing Irish & Colonial Folk Songs

  • LaCompagnie Playing music throughout the camps

  • Chris & Tim Irwin (Heritage String Band) play period music and teach you to dance.

  • Genot Picor tells stories at campsites

  • Colonial Era merchants have items for sale

  • Food and locally brewed rootbeer available.



Noted historian and author of the book, "The First Leathernecks; A Combat History of the U.S. Marines from Inception to the Halls of Montezuma" will provide a multi-media presentation.  This is an exciting, exhilarating tale of the most formative years of the United State Marine Corps.  It goes a long and insightful way toward explaining how and why “Send in the Marines!” became a viable and reliable diplomatic ploy throughout the early years of American history.  After the presentation, visitors will have a chance to meet Don during a book signing in the lobby of City Hall.



Genot Picor
Storyteller / Musician

Three hundred years ago, a French-Huron Métis’ scout disappeared into the wilderness to explore and trade. He found his way to the Great Lakes, where he was taken in by the Ojibwa People of the region. He was given a name and became part of their tribe.

Today, he returns to share with you the stories, songs and dances of the places he explored, from the Great Lakes, to the Ohio, Mississippi, St. Lawrence and Mohawk Valleys.

As part of the annual 2013 RENDEZVOUS in the SAULT, Genot “Winter Elk” Picor was one of the many living history re-enactors and storytellers.  AND NOW HE'S BACK!

To learn more about Genot “Winter Elk” Picor and La Compagnie, visit his web site at http://www.genotpicor.com and also like Genot Picor on facebook.


Members of Trois Bouffons pose with LaCompagnie
Musical/Dance Troupe

Trois Bouffons pecializes in music and dance from French Canada, the Maritimes, Celtic Europe and Appalachia.

A culturally rich experience that provides not only lively fun musical entertainment, but also the historical background for both song and dance.  It's a "Edutainment" experience.

Music includes vocals, flute, whistle, concertina,
upright bass, guitar and fiddle. 

Enjoy the song and dance!

Genot Picor and LaCompagnie are being brought to you through the generous support of the
Sault Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Harry & Rose Burgess
French Colonial Society

Every year, on Memorial Day weekend, over 600 re-enactors with more than 100 colonial style camps set up in beautiful Pine Grove Park (on the St Clair river) in Port Huron, Michigan. This year's Feast of the Ste Claire (May 2016) was the 36th consecutive year for this very informative and educational event.

Harry and Rose Burgess (founders and co-chairpersons of the Feast of the Ste. Claire) have helped to plan and form the vision for Rendezvous in the Sault. They, along with their re-enacting group the Belletre French Marine and French Colonial Society will be the Host Group for the Rendezvous.  They will help to organize the camps and participants.  They bring with them a variety of their members who will provide many fun and interesting activities such as candle wicking demonstrations, falconet canon for firing and display, trade blanket and fire arms displays, cooking demonstrations, dulcimer and fiddle players, paddle dance for the public, a Jesuit priest interpretation, puppet shows, fife and drum show, and a Youth Military Muster where children march and carry prop muskets to the beat of a drum.

Rendezvous in the Sault has benefited greatly from the many years of experience that the Burgesses have so graciously shared with us during our many months of planning.  Some of the images found on this webpage are from the Feast of St. Claire and are of members of their group that will be joining us for Rendezvous in the Sault. We hope that all of Sault Ste. Marie comes out to welcome them and their group members to our beautiful city.

DONATIONS ACCEPTED: If you would like to help defray the cost of making this event an epic success, please direct your donation to the
Chippewa County Historical Society - PO Box 342, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
please note that your contribution is for Rendezvous in the Sault

The Chippewa County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; donations to which are deductible to the full extent of the law.

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Sault Ste. Marie... where Michigan was Born !