Rendezvous -- Past & Present
Kristin Kindig Lohr
Old Time Fun for the Family
Twice every year (the end of April and the middle of October), the Log Cabin Shop hosts a competition muzzleloading shoot and rendezvous. There are usually between 30-40 primitive camps on grounds, and about 80-90 registered shooters. The event runs from Friday morning until Sunday afternoon, and is open to the public as well. Although the store is located in Lodi, Ohio (see map elsewhere on our home page!) people have come from as far away Vermont to the east and Florida to the south, as well as West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana and of course, Ohio.
The Log Cabin Shop's rendezvous is an excellent entry level rendezvous, as we do not have strict rules regarding dress, lodges, wares that can be displayed, etc. At some of the rendezvous on the national level, it is required that your clothing be appropriate for the 1800-1820 era, and that all of the books that you are trying to peddle were actually printed in the early 1800's, not just on topics pertaining to the era. We only ask that you camp in a primitive shelter (canvas teepee, lean to, marquis tent, etc.), wear clothing appropriate for the pre-1865 era, and have fun (while being courteous to the other campers)!
The Log Cabin Shop offers several books which give further insight to the how and why of "rendezvousing" and related topics. A sample of these include: Rendezvous, Back to a Simpler Time, A Toast to the Fur Trade, Who Was I? Creating a Living History Persona, Book of Buckskinning (volumes 1-7, Tidings From the 18th Century, and The Book of the Continental Soldier. All of these may be purchased at the store or through our mail-order catalog which is available for $5.00. For information on any of these titles or other re-enactment supplies, call (330) 948-1082, or to place an order for a catalog or other merchandise call our toll free order line at (800) 837-1082.