Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Colonial through Western Fur Trade era of the 1650s through 1850s will come alive at Simmons Island. Highlights of the event including jugglers, storytelling, musical entertainment and pirate battles -- along with more than 300 reenactors adding to the atmosphere. This family-friendly event is free.
No activities are scheduled Friday, July 31, but people are welcome to visit the site as reenactors set up camp. A full schedule of entertainment is slated at the rendezvous from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Opening ceremonies take place at the flag pole at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Throughout the event, visitors will be able to go back in time to an era when Native Americans and fur traders gathered to exchange goods and services and to celebrate. Costumed reenactors talk about what life was like during the fur-trading era and will demonstrate the crafts and trades of the time. Food, snacks, and souvenirs will be available from vendors, and people are welcome to participate in games, create crafts and try their hand at period household chores.
The Pike River Rendezvous is located on Simmons Island (50th Street at Kenosha's Lakefront). Free parking is available at Kennedy Park (40th Street and Fifth Avenue). Park your car at Kennedy Park and climb aboard a horse-drawn wagon for free shuttle service to Simmons Island from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday's schedule: Camp opens at 9 a.m.; knife & hawk contest for all ages at 9:30 a.m.; opening ceremonies at 10 a.m.; pirate battle at 11 a.m.; Col. Webb's Band of Musik 11:30 a.m.; Amazing Budabi Brothers Jugglers 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Andre St. Pierre storytelling at 1:30 p.m.; women's games 2 p.m.; Col. Webb's Band of Musik 2 p.m.; pirate's court at 2 p.m.; primitive archery at 2:30 p.m.; Brigand's Follie traditional music 3 p.m.
Sunday's schedule: church service 9 a.m.; opening ceremony 10 a.m.; pirate battle 11 a.m.; Amazing Budabi Brothers Jugglers 12 noon and 2:30 p.m.; Brigand's Follie traditional music 12:30 p.m.; Col. Webb's Band of Musick 1:30 p.m.; Andre St. Pierre storytelling 1:30 p.m.; fire starting contest 2 p.m.; pirate's court 2 p.m.