Starting October 2009, the TRT offered two new events, the Hot Iron Rendezvous and
the Colonial Encampment. The Hot Iron Rendezvous is a teaching/learning event, and
the Colonial Encampment is for pre-1800's enthusiasts. The Hot Iron event is not
being held in 2013. We are looking for a Booshway for this event for 2014.
The lower portion of the Historic Park, along the South Platte River, is dedicated
to rendezvous and primitive camping. This area is partially wooded. Water is available
on site, as is limited firewood and "Hooters." In order to protect the grounds for
future users, above-ground fire pits are required for campfires. An area is designated
for "tin tipis" for those not wishing to go primitive.
These Rendezvous are quite well attended, with 50 or so lodges for the Frozen Toes
event, and as many as 80-90 lodges for the spring and summer events. Traders and
sutlers with wares ranging from fabrics, clothing, furs and skins, guns, knives,
flints and food items are an attraction at the rendezvous, for both participants
and visitors alike.
Events and activities usually include blackpowder shooting, knife and hawk throws,
woods walks, and in some years have included trap setting and/or frying pan tossing
competitions. A potluck dinner is often the social event for one evening, followed
by an auction to benefit the fort. After dinner there is singing story-telling and
making merry, or just sitting around a campfire, while quietly enjoying the companionship
friends, the smell of wood smoke and the soft glow of the candle lanterns.
The theme of these rendezvous in general is the Mountain Men and the Fur Trade. There
are no hard historical standards enforced for the rendezvous and parties representing
F&I through the Civil War can often be found. The rendezvous site is large enough
that everyone can set up a camp that meets their own standards and be free to associate
with the others as they will. For many participants comfort is an important aspect,
and it often seems that the rule for these folks is: "If it would have fit in a Dearborn
wagon, they would have brought it." One rule that is universally observed by participants
is that if it is modern, it either stays inside the lodge, or is kept under a blanket.
Just remember, on questions about what is appropriate, the booshway is always right.
If you think you might be pushing the limit in some way it is wise to contact the
booshway prior to the event. Follow this link for a complete list of Rendezvous
Beginners who are intrigued by living history, but not sure how to start, should
feel at ease attending these events. There are no stitch nazis and as long as it
is apparent that the beginner is making an effort, they will fit in just fine.
The public is always welcome to attend these rendezvous during the day. However,
after 6PM everyone must be in pre-1840's outfit.