The celebration is staged in a charming village on the Missouri River know as Saint Charles. Close your eyes and listen to the sound of horses' hooves on the brick street, and the sweet holiday music of the fife. Capture in your mind the essence, that time in America when life was simpler, and Christmas was elegant and magical. Regardless of the evening or weekend you choose to visit Christmas Traditions, we promise you will find the genuine, warm tradition of a Saint Charles welcome. The hospitality of Christmas Traditions is exceeded only by the very magical Spirit of Christmas.
"Since 1992 the LCFDC has taught the youth of our area a unique talent and skill and then gifted them with the opportunity to share it with the world."
- Daniel Rhoads
See what life was like back in the 1700s and early 1800s at Fort Massac State Park’s 44th annual Fort Massac Encampment, which will be held at the historic site Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22.
The 2017 Encampment will feature the thunderous boom of cannons and a tempting assortment of foods and activities from which to choose. It is more than an old-timey crafts fair, as it pays tribute to Illinois’ rich frontier history. Historical re-enactors and skilled craftspeople representing French, British and Americans gather at the Encampment to demonstrate the skills and lifestyles of early residents in this area.
Visitors to the two-day event view military camps and buck skinner lodges, craft stalls and trade blankets, and booths with period food and drinks. Battle re-enactments will again be held in the valley area, which Fort Massac Site Superintendent Chris McGinness says gives spectators the best view of the battle. The crowds will be able to watch the authentically-garbed troops face off in the Battle of Drouillard Creek.
We offer both a pre-1840’s American Colonial/Frontier Rendezvous and a thoroughly fielded Civil War Encampment all within walking distance of each other at our beautiful Lake Storey Park in Galesburg, IL. We are a family friendly event with no parking or admission fees for spectators.
Join us on July 4, 2017, to celebrate "the great birthday of our republic" and experience the 55th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. Following the ceremony, join us for a Jeffersonian Open House with free walk-through tours from 11:30 am to 1 pm.
The Mid America Army Birthday Ball is presented by the Scott Army Booster Club, a private, non-profit organization not affiliated with, endorsed by, or a part of the U.S. Government. The Booster Club was established to foster morale and promote the general benefit of United States Army personnel assigned to Scott Air Force Base, their families and the community.
The two-day popular annual Rendezvous, held the first weekend in June, features shooting competitions, military drills, dancing, music, food, and traders of eighteenth-century-style goods.
The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s on June 4 and 5 at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site’s annual Rendezvous, the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest, attracting many thousands to the site during this 2 day special event.
The Rendezvous features 1700s military units, traditional craft demonstrations, period music and dancing, black powder shooting events and cannon firings – all from the time when France controlled what is now Illinois. Visitors can try their hand at throwing a tomahawk, buy hand-made crafts, learn about French kitchen gardens, and watch swordsmen duel, taste delicious food and much more. This event is hosted by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, with additional site support from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
The event is open and free to general public with special event parking for this event just $5 a car. Donations welcomed.
Enjoy two festivals on the same day, O’Fallon’s Founders’ Day & Garden Expo. Festival highlights include live entertainment, Zumwalt’s Fort interpretive center and historic Heald Home tours ($5 tour package for ages 11+), an Arbor Day Ceremony with Mayor Bill Hennessy, and the St. Charles Model Railroad Club open house. Free activities include demonstrations of heritage skills, games and activities for kids, live acoustic music and a free tree seedling per family while supplies last. Vendors will have folk arts and crafts, garden décor and live plants, and concessionaires will have delicious food for sale.
The 22nd Anniversary of the Midwest Conference of Fifes, Drums, and Pipes.
The general public is invited to attend the afternoon performance from 6:30pm – 9:00 pm on Saturday, March 11th. All of the corps attending Freezer Jam will be performing.
This year’s concert is free to attend. Donations will be gladly accepted.
Close your eyes and listen to the sound of horses' hooves on the brick street, and the sweet holiday music of the fife. Capture in your mind the essence, that time in America when life was simpler, and Christmas was elegant and magical. Regardless of the evening or weekend you choose to visit Christmas Traditions, we promise you will find the genuine, warm tradition of a Saint Charles welcome. The hospitality of Christmas Traditions is exceeded only by the very magical Spirit of Christmas.
The annual Fort Massac Encampment festival celebrates the history of Fort Massac from the mid-18th to early 19th centuries. Re-enactors bring to life the history of the era with crafts, military drills, music, children's games, and mock battles.
A Military Units Salute and fireworks show on the Ohio Riverfront is at 6:15 pm on Saturday.
Encampment admission is free.
Come step back in time at historic Old Fort Madison, Iowa, the Midwest's oldest American military garrison on the upper Mississippi River. Discover what life was like at a United States fur trading post on the rugged frontier of the Missouri Territory. Learn the exciting heritage of Iowa before it was a state and of its involvement in the War of 1812. This historic installation was home to Captain Horatio Stark's Company of the First Regiment, United States Infantry, from 1808 to 1813.
Feel the excitement, experience the history of two time periods in America, featuring a Civil War Battle Reenactment and Pre-1840's Rendezvous. A traveling family circus, period food stands and crafts for sale, fishing contest for children, canoe races on the lake, President Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin, night firing of cannons and a military ball. A great family outing to end summer.
Join us on July 4, 2016 to celebrate the genius of Jefferson and experience the 54th Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello.
Each June, Fort de Chartres State Historic Site hosts the largest rendezvous in the Midwest with over a thousand participants, hundreds of encampments, and thousands of visitors joining in on the festivities. Based on the traditional French fur trapper's rendezvous where trappers and traders would meet at a predetermined location to trade furs for necessities, the rendezvous was the highlight of the fur trapper's year and is the highlight of Fort de Chartres's extensive calendar of historical events and activities.
There is a small parking fee.