MAY 24-25 AT OLD FRENCH COMMONS
Tourists and locals will be able to step back into the 18th Century this Memorial Day Weekend, during the 38th annual Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous.
The 2014 Rendezvous will take place May 24 and 25 on the banks of the Wabash River at the Old French Commons in Vincennes. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission will be $8 a day at the gate, children $2. Buttons good for both days are $9; advance buttons will be available for $7 at Vincennes financial institutions beginning May 1.
This year’s theme salutes the iconic image of Alice Roussillon, the title character in Maurice Thompson’s 1900 novel “Alice of Old Vincennes.” Thompson’s novel is set during 18th Century during which the British captured the French outpost at Vincennes. Thompson’s heroine, the fictional Alice Roussillon, is an orphan who sews and plants an American flag in defiance of the British, creating a classic patriotic heroine of the Revolutionary War.
“Though Alice is fictional, she is tied to real historical figures like Clark and Vigo in early Vincennes,” said Mark Hill, marketing director for the Rendezvous. “She’s a good image to put out there.” The annual event draws military re-enactors and others in period attire, craftsmen, entertainers, merchants, and others. There are battle re-enactments, period music, Fife and Drum Corps, and Native Americans. Food vendors are a favorite, too, with nearly 20 different community organizations each offering a
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