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News and information for people who love rendezvous and reenactments                                                     
July 2013    Vol 2, Issue 6 
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In This Issue
Thank you sponsors!
Eastern Primitive Rendezvous
Sept. 20-28
Cooper's Lake
Slippery Rock, PA

Southeastern Primitive Rendezvous
Oct. 18-25
Yadkinville, NC

School of Reenacting
   online courses
Introduction to Reenacting
Developing a Persona
Basic Camp Skills
Basic Food Stuffs
If you're a trader or the coordinator of an upcoming event, please contact me for information on sponsoring this newsletter. 
For $25 for six issues, you could see your information in this space!
Please contact Vicki at 419-601-2495

June and most of July have gone zipping by

Me with wee piper
Vicki Johnson

so fast I missed a newsletter

completely ... in case you were wondering if you missed the June edition.


Sorry! I was at rendezvous most of June.


August slows down little so if you would like to contact me about anything, now is a good time. ... I would like to get the winter trade fair ads scheduled, so please get in touch.


The Morgan County Rendezvous early in June at Burr Oak State Park, Glouster, Ohio, was amazing as usual. It's a very family-oriented rendezvous, and more than 50 children - as well as kids of all ages - enjoyed it. You'll find some pictures below.


My biggest event in June was the NRLHF Old Northwest Territory Primitive Rendezvous at the end of June. Caesar's Creek Pioneer Village is a great site for a rendezvous. The cabins provide a beautiful backdrop. We had 230 campers there, give or take a few, the largest ONW turnout in a few years. And we were glad to see you all there!


Dan Duhamel (Double D) ran unopposed and was re-elected as an Old Northwest delegate to the National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation board of directors. FYI ... I am the other delegate. Each event has two representatives.


We also voted on a site for the 2015 ONW. Running unopposed was Wayne Badida and his group, who will be preparing their site at Glenco, Ky., for two years from now. Thanks for stepping up and being so well organized!! It'll be good to attend an ONW outside of Ohio. It's been quite a while since we've visited another state. If anybody in Indiana or Michigan have sites in mind, let Double D or me know and we'll help you get started.


Mark your calendars now for next year's ONW June 20-28, 2014, at Spencer, Ohio, which is near Lodi and about 10 miles from Medina.


And don't forget to pre-register for the Eastern Sept. 20-28. Deadline is Aug. 28.


A few people sent me pictures of events I was not able to attend. Thank you so much!! You'll find them below.


I would appreciate pictures and reports from other events ... because I can't be everywhere I would like to be. Please contact me and I'll give you more details, or 419-601-2495.


If reporting on events isn't your "thing," maybe you could send me a recipe -- or a few recipes -- for the Campfire Cookin' section. I didn't put one in this issue because this newsletter was getting pretty long, but if I get some recipes in I would love to print them! Also send along a picture if you can - of the food and/or the chef. Food or beverages should be the type that can be made over a campfire or brazier or in a Dutch oven.


Also, please consider sponsoring this newsletter. Email me for information. Traders can list links to their websites, and anybody planning a rendezvous or living history event can call attention to the event and to its website. The cost is only $25 for six issues of the newsletter, so it's within everybody's budget.

Have a great day!

Vicki Johnson


Rendezvous Ohio



Fort Randolph

Story and photos by Ariana Kincaid


The original Fort Randolph was built in 1776 in what is now Point Pleasant, W.Va., at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio rivers. A second fort was built after the first burned in 1779 , but fell into disuse.

A replica fort now rests at Krodel Park, in Point Pleasant, about one mile from the site of the first two forts.

The fort presents several events throughout the year, but the primary event is based on the Siege of Fort Randolph, which occurred in 1778. Precipitated by the murder of Shawnee Chief Cornstalk in fall 1777, a war party of more than 200 Shawnee warriors appeared at Fort Randolph the following May. Unable to entice the men from the fort, the Indians rose from their hiding places to form a line stretching from the Ohio to the Kanawha River, thus placin

Steve Newberry
Steve Newberry

g Fort Randolph under siege. Each May, Fort Randolph 

Pete Kosky
Pete Kosky sings period songs

presents a drama based upon Cornstalk's visit to the fort, his murder, and the siege six months later.

I had the pleasure of visiting Fort Randolph July 6 for its Frontier Music Festival. The public was invited to this daytime event to tour the fort and experience music of the time period.

On hand were Dan Brammer on the psaltery and Pete Kosky singing traditional son

Blacksmith shop
Blacksmith shop

gs of the period as well as original songs about the period from his CD, "Songs of the Allegheny Frontier."   Steve Newberry, a member of the Fort Randolph Committee, conducted tours of the fort.

The fort itself is quite picturesque, a stockade with four blockhouses, a tavern, blacksmith, officers' and soldiers' quarters, and several other structures within its walls, including a gift shop which supports the fort.

Events for the remainder of the year on the Fort Randolph schedule include:

Aug. 3-4 - Traditional Crafters

Sept. 7 - Longhunters and Landgrabbers

Oct. 5-6 - Harvest Fest:  All Hallows Eve, Tales in the Tavern, Gun raffle drawing

Dec. 7 - Christmas on the Frontier  

Craig Hesson, chairman of the Fort Randolph Committee, and his crew do a great job of running the fort and planning events. These dates are subject to change, so if you're interested in the goings-on at Fort Randolph, or looking for a way to get more involved, drop him a line at chesson1774 at

More information on the fort can be found at


Martins Station

Photos by Linda Pritchard

Indians eating
Enjoying a meal
cabin battle scene
Mad Anne Bailey and others defend a cabin




Jeremy Moore
Jeremy Moore in battle
battle scene
Fiery battle scene


Morgan County Rendezvous 

Photos by Vicki Johnson


These are only a few of the many photos from Morgan County. To see the rest, visit the Rendezvous Ohio Facebook page and look under "photos" and "albums." 

Robb Rowland
Robb Rowland
Ray and Graham
Graham Jones and Ray O'Neill
Blackhands preparing for a shoot

Old Northwest

overall shot
Photo of the village green by Andrew Frazee
Sharlene and Jack
Sharlene Pederzani (left) and Cindy Jackson participate in Patty Frazee's seminar in a cabin at Caesar's Creek Pioneer Village.


Photos by Vicki Johnson

(except the one at the top of this section) 


Here a few photos from the NRLHF Old Northwest Territory Primitive Rendezvous which took place in June at Caesar's Creek Pioneer Village, Waynesville, Ohio.


For more photos of this event, please go to the Rendezvous Ohio Facebook page
Mel and friends
Mel Yearick (right) and friends
Wolfy and Redbone
Wolfy and Redbone

August events


For more details on these events, please visit



Aug. 2-4, 2013 - Bicentennial Celebration of the Battle of Fort Stephenson of the War of 1812, Fremont, Ohio. Contact Battle of Fort Stephenson Bicentennial Commission, Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau,, 419-332-4470,


Aug. 2-4, 2013 - Gnadenhutten Pioneer Days, Gnadenhutten Historical Society, Gnadenhutten, Ohio. Contact Greg Van Fossen, 330-260-0946, 740-922-1187.


Aug. 2-4, 2012 - Not So Grande Valley Shoot VI, Menominee Muzzleloaders, Plymouth, Ind. Contact Kevin Mallory, 574-784-2479; Kelly Shinabarger, 219-963-6092; or Ron Gholson, 765-296-3681.


Aug. 2-4, 2013 - Pequannah Rendezvous, Fox Lake Campground, Portland, Ind. Contact Norman Baker, 765-768-7547,, or Max Muhlenkamp, 260-335-2897,


Aug. 9-11, 2013 - Seneca Muzzleloaders Spring Rendezvous, club grounds, TR 131, Tiffin, Ohio, Seneca County. Contact John Miller, 419-447-2656.


Aug. 9-11, 2013 - Rendezvous at Commanding Bluffs, Wells County 4-H Park, Bluffton, Ind. Contact Jim Shawver, 260-409-6771,


Aug. 10-11, 2013 - NMLRA Family Shoot, Friendship, Ind. Contact Bob Weaver, 260-768-4328,; NMLRA, 812-667-5131, 800-745-1493,


Aug. 15-18, 2013 - Independent Mountain Men Primitive Rendezvous, Parker, Pa. Contact Chuck Grabenstein, 724-538-4717,, or Gene, 724-586-7220.


Aug. 16-18, 2013 - Freeland Rendezvous, Great Lakes Education Association, Tittabawassee Township Park, Freeland, Mich. Contact Esther King, 989-754-2928.


Aug. 23-25, 2013 - Kekionga Festival, Decatur, Ind. Contact Jim Shawver, 260-409-6771,


Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2013 - Great Trail Festival, Malvern, Ohio, Carroll County. Contact 330-794-9100,


Aug. 24-25 - Fort Miamies, 1754-1763, Historic Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Ind., 260-437-2836,, Juried event.


Aug. 24-25, 2013 - Aukiki River Festival, banks of the Kankakee River, Kouts, Ind. Contact John Hodson, 219-766-2302,, or Cindy Dearhoff, 219-916-3199,; Timeline event late 1700s through 1930.


Aug. 24-25, 2013 - Les Coureurs de Bois et Voyageurs de Ste. Claire Encampment, Lake St. Clair Metropark, Harrison Township, Mich. Contact Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center, 800-477-3172 or 586-463-4332.


Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2013 - Labor Day Rendezvous, Blue Ridge Rifles Inc., Schuylkill Haven, Pa. Contact Cathy Bates, 610-489-3878,,


Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013 - Piqua Heritage Festival Encampment, Johnston Farm, Piqua Historical Area, Piqua, Ohio, Miami County. Contact bourgeois Mike Jamison, 937-541-6386, 937-753-1005,


Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2013 - The Fair at New Boston, George Rogers Clark Park, Springfield, Ohio, Clark County. Sponsored by George Rogers Clark Heritage Association. Contact, 937-882-9216. Invitation-only, juried event.


Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2013 - Fall  Frolic Rendezvous,  B&A Primitive Weapons Club, Roswell, Ohio, Tuscarawas County. Contact Bill Hanslik, 740-922-5082 or


Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2013 - Fall Rendezvous, Menominee Muzzleloaders, Plymouth, Ind. Contact Kathy Eads, 574-842-3111; Tom James, 219-575-2256; or Frank Kennedy, 574-936-1572;


Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2013 - Fireside Living History Rendezvous, Tri-Lakes Campground, Marshall, Mich. Contact Sara Baker, 269-788-2027,, or Karen Clark, 269-245-6810, 



In memory ...


Rick Peconga
Rick Peconga

Rick Peconga (Teddy Bear), age 59, died July 8. His loving wife, Brenda (Wild Woman), died two years ago on the same date. He was a member of the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana, a proud descendant of Chief Little Turtle. He participated in rendezvous and reenactments for more than 35 years. A loving father of four, grandfather of 12, great-grandfather of three and friend to many, he will be greatly missed.

-- submitted by Sandy Austin



Editor's note: If you wish to send in memorials to living history participants who have died, please include a photo if possible and a brief paragraph about the person so people can remember. I know there are many people we have missed in the past. If anyone would like to send information on a person who has died within the last two years, please feel free to do so. I request you choose the anniversary month of their death, if possible. Thanks!!