Fulton County Historical Society. The event will be held April 27-28 from 10 to 5 on
Saturday and from 10 to 4 on Sunday. FCHS grounds are four miles north of Rochester
on U.S. 31. The festival will be held just south of the Round Barn Museum in the
Living History Village. Admission is $3 for adults ages 12 and older, child 11 and
under free. Proceeds enable the historical society to operate the museum and
preserve history. For more information, see www.fultoncountyhistory.org Rain or
Shine the festival will go on.
Every spring the Redbud Trail Rendezvous is one of the first outdoor events of the
season. This event is brimming with frontier history and often brings surprises for
the participants and public. Over a hundred historic re-enactors set up camps and
live outdoors for the event, demonstrating traditional crafts, frontier life ways, and
pioneer skills such as cooking over wood fires, muzzle loading shooting and
tomahawk throwing. The event is educational and fun, showing authentic history as
re-enacted by real people.
Historic camps portray time periods up to Civil War, making this a pre-1865 event.
Jeff Moore, Elkhart, will set up camp and tell Civil War history. Moore also carves
Additional programs will include Jacob Flook and Grandpa Roy McClellan,
Rochester – music on the porch of the General Store; and Brent Blough, Elkhart, with
Performing both days will be Mark Gropp with bagpipe music, and Liza and Mark
Woolever – music and songs, Indian dances by Winter Hawk Drum, Marsha Glassburn,
Rochester, American Indian storyteller south of the print shop; David Morningstar,
Tippecanoe, Native Living; Shirley Willard, Mas-saw – Potawatomi woman on the
Trail of Death. Saturday only - Kim Hoover, Star City; and Sunday only -Shirley
Needham, Rochester, will show birds from their wildlife rehabilitation.
People dressed in authentic pre-1840 outfits demonstrate many traditional crafts.
Crafts include flint knapping, bow making, beadwork, spinning and weaving, leather,
wood carving, blacksmith, blade smith, scrimshaw, fingerweaving, and much more.
Foods cooked over wood fires will include ham and beans, vegetable stew, buffalo
burgers, sassafras tea - Fulton County Historical Society booth; homemade fudge
and cookies - Mark Gropp, Orland, Ind.
Because the Farmers Market will be in the museum Sat. morning, the north gate to
the rendezvous will be by the round barn. Also at the south gate, located off Meridian
Road, admission will be collected before they park. The Fulton County Museum,
Round Barn Museum and buildings in the Living History Village will be open for
people to view.
Volunteers can earn free admission to the Redbud Trail Rendezvous by working half
a day. To volunteer, call the museum at 574-223-4436. Free parking is provided on
FCHS grounds. The grounds are handicapped accessible. Plenty of free benches are
available to sit and rest.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Redbud Trail Rendezvous Schedule April 27-28, 2013
In Living History Village by the Round Barn – Saturday & Sunday
Schedule for both days unless otherwise stated: Subject to change.
10:00 (Sunday only) – Frontier Worship non-denominational service – Kevin Kennedy
12:00-12:30 David Morningstar, Tippecanoe, Ind. – Native Living
12:30-1:00 Mark Gropp, Orland, Ind. – Bagpipe music
1:00-1:30 Shirley Willard, Rochester - Mas-saw – Potawatomi woman on Trail of Death
1:30-2:30 Kim Hoover – Barn Owl and Cooper’s Hawk – Sat. only
Shirley Needham – Hawks – Sun. only
2:30-3:00 Mark & Liza Woolever, Plymouth – music sing-along for children of all ages
3:00-4:00 Winter Hawk Drum, Northern Indiana – Indian drum, Indian dances & stories
– participants will tell about their heritage and outfits.
Mark & Liza Woolever – strolling musicians – various times
Jacob Flook & Roy McClellan – music on General Store porch – morning only
Marsha Glassburn, Rochester – American Indian storyteller - various times
Brent Blough, Elkhart – puppets – various times
Muzzleloading shoots – canceled due to River flooding - no shoots this weekend.
Jeff Moore, Elkhart - Civil War History – fish & duck decoys - all day
Traditional Crafts demonstrated and sold by:
Mike Allen, Sedalia, Ind. – spinning & weaving
Marilyn Boucher, Lucerne – beading & carving
Bruce Eltzroth, Lagro & Dana Farmer, Wabash – children’s games & toys
Thomas Hess, Fort Wayne – walking sticks & canes
Steve Kirkpatrick, Niles, MI – wood carver
Jeff Lauber, Columbus Junction, Iowa – rope making
Kevin Martin, Logansport – cannon demonstrations
Jeff Moore, Elkhart – fish & duck decoys
Dale Pace, Rochester – watercolor painting, flint knapping, needle felting,
woodworking – in Polke House (white)
John Rust, Anderson – grapevine wreaths & baskets
Sandy Strader, Hebron – quilting
Mark Thomas, Markle – blacksmith
John E Timmons, Logansport – sash weaving
Bill Willard, Rochester – fingerweaving - in Jail
Nicole Willis, Argos – spinning
Jeff White, Kokomo – bladesmith
Foods cooked over wood fires
in the Living History Village south of Round Barn.
Fulton Co. Hist. Soc. – buffalo burgers, ham & beans, cornbread, vegetable stew,
lemonade, coffee, sassafras tea. Breakfast: biscuits and sausage gravy.
Mark Gropp, Orland, Ind. – fudge and cookies. – in General Store (green house)
Funding from this event helps to keep the museum open and preserve history. Have
a great day at the Redbud!
|Fulton County Historical Society
Admission is $3 for adults ages 12 and
older, kids 11 and under free. Proceeds
enable the historical society to operate the
museum and preserve history.
There is no admission charge to see the
Fulton County Museum at the north end of
the grounds. Volunteers can earn free
admission to the Redbud Trail Rendezvous
by working half a day. To volunteer, call
the museum at 574-223-4436. Free
parking is provided on FCHS grounds. The
grounds are handicapped accessible.
Plenty of free benches are available to sit