Redbud trees form a lovely background for the Redbud Trail Rendezvous at the Fulton
County Historical Society. The event will be held April 25-26 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, contact 574-223-4436 or 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, and tomahawk
throwing. The event is educational and fun, showing authentic history as
re-enacted by real people.
Historic camps portray Revolutionary War to Civil War, making this a pre-1865 event. People
dressed in authentic pre-1865 outfits demonstrate many traditional crafts. Crafts include flint
knapping, beadwork, spinning and weaving, leather, flintknapping, watercolor painting, wood carving,
blacksmith, , scrimshaw, fingerweaving, and much more.
Performing at the program tent both days will be Mark Gropp, Orland, with bagpipe music,
and Liza and Mark Woolever, Plymouth, – music and songs, Indian dances and drum by Indiana Hawk
Band Shadow Sept, Marsha Glassburn, Rochester - Native American Indian storyteller;,
Brent Blough, Elhart – puppets; Lois Mann, Rochester – Guitar Music and Songs; David Morningstar,
Tippecanoe, Native Living; Thomas & Bonnie Marusek, Coldwater, Mich., - End of the Civil War; Shirley
Willard, Rochester – Massaw. Also Saturday only - Laura Whiteleather, Andrews, Ind. –
1800’s Granny Doctor and Sunday only , Kim Hoover, Star City; will show birds from their wildlife
Foods cooked over wood fires will include ham and beans, vegetable stew, buffalo burgers,
chicken, sassafras tea, and breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy - Fulton County Historical Society
booth; and 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.
Redbud Trail Rendezvous Schedule Apr. 25-26, 2015
In Living History Village by the Round Barn – Sat. & Sun.
Schedule for both days unless otherwise stated: Subject to change.
Programs in Program Tent:
10:00 (Sunday only) – Frontier Worship non-denominational service – Brent Blough, Elkhart, Ind.
10:00-10:30 Brent Blough, Elkhart, Ind. – puppets
10:30-11:00 Mark Gropp, Orland, Ind. – Bagpipe music.
11:00-11:30 Laura Whiteleather, Andrews, Ind. – 1800’s Granny Doctor – Sat. only
11:00-11:30 Shirley Willard, Rochester – Massaw – Potawatomi Chieftess- Sun. only
11:30-12:00 Thomas & Bonnie Marusek, Coldwater, Mich., Civil War Loomis Battery.
12:00-12:30 Margo Moore & Nan Edwards, Watervliet, Michigan - Travois dogs.
12:30-1:00 David Morningstar, Tippecanoe, Ind. – Native Living and Pow Wows
1:00-1:30 Shirley Willard, Rochester – Massaw – Potawatomi Chieftess- Sat. only
1:30- 2:00 Lois Mann, Rochester, Ind. – Guitar & Songs – Sat. only
1:00-2:00 Kim Hoover – Birds of Prey – Sunday only
2:00-2:30 Laura Whiteleather, Andrews, Ind. – 1800’s Granny Doctor – Sat. only
2:00-2:30 Lois Mann, Rochester, Ind. – Guitar & Songs – Sun. only
2:30-3:00 Mark & Liza Woolever, Plymouth – music sing-along and dance for children of all ages
3:00-4:00 Indiana Hawk Band Shadow Sept – led by Blue Fox, Indian drum, Indian dances &
stories – participants will tell about their heritage and outfits.
Mark & Liza Woolever – strolling musicians – various times
Marsha Glassburn, Rochester – Native American Indian storyteller - various times
Thomas & Bonnie Marusek, Coldwater, Mich., Civil War History – all day at camp by General Store.
Traditional Crafts demonstrated and sold by:
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
Thomas & Bonnie Marusek, Coldwater, Mich. – Civil War History and crank sewing machine
Linda Fife, Delphi, Ind – Spinning
John E Timmons, Logansport – sash weaving
Nicole Willis, Argos – spinning
Dale Pace, Rochester – flint knapping, watercolor painting in Polka House (white)
Fred Oden & various blacksmiths in Blacksmith shop – red building
Perry McLemore – blacksmithing
Foods cooked over wood fires
in the Living History Village south of Round Barn.
Fulton Co. Hist. Soc. – buffalo burgers, chicken, 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!
Photos available upon request.
|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