Grand Portage, Minn. – (July 11, 2016) – Rendezvous Days, Friday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Grand Portage will be extra special this year, thanks to a visit by Tall Ship “The Mist of Avalon” as part of the National Parks Service Centennial Celebration.
The “Mist of Avalon” was originally built in 1967, but was not transformed into its current state as a Gaff Schooner until 1992. Doug Prothru is the current captain in charge of the 100-foot long, and 85-foot high “Mist of Avalon”. Please visit the link provided for additional information on the Tall Ship “Mist of Avalon”: https://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/_210/.
The annual Rendezvous is celebrated every year during the second weekend of August. The event is held in conjunction with the Rendezvous Days Pow Wow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe). The annual gathering is the community’s biggest and most grand celebration of the year, a time when Grand Portage comes alive and reflects on its rich heritage.
Re-enactors from across the country and Canada gather to camp and challenge each other to games and skills from our historic past.
Visitors can expect a weekend packed with cultural events from the 1800s to 1900s, including: an authentic Native American Pow Wow with Stonebridge singers & drumming, as well as chances to try blacksmithing, arts and crafts, Native American cuisine, and recreational activities. All are invited to take tours of the historical ship “The Mist of Avalon”, and much more.
“Grand Portage Rendezvous Days celebrates the incredible cultural collision that gave rise to a flourishing international business in the remote and virtually impassable, interior of North America,” says Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County. “Local Native populations provided vital technical support to the fur trade – including transportation methods like birch-bark canoes – that allowed hardy voyageurs to paddle tons of furs and trade goods thousands of miles through a complicated series of rivers, lakes and portages to rendezvous at Grand Portage to rest, transfer company goods, conduct business, renew friendships, and celebrate.”
The “Mist of Avalon” will arrive in port on Friday afternoon. Visitors who want a FREE tour of the ship can do so on a first-come, first-serve basis all-day on Saturday, and shuttles will be provided by Isle Royale’s boat the “Sea Hunter” throughout the day. Visitors MUST wear tennis shoes or dock shoes for the tour.
The Rendezvous Days program is hosted by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and Pow-Wow: The Traditional Gathering is hosted by the Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa. The combined event was rated Top Event by the American Bus Association in 2014. Most activities take place at the Grand Portage National Monument is a U.S. national monument located on the North Shore of Lake Superior. This historical place was the center of fur trade activity and Native American Ojibwe heritage. The monument is surrounded by 710 acres within the boundaries of the Grand Portage Ojibwe Indian Reservation. 170 Mill Creek Road, Grand Portage, Minn. 55605.
About Visit Cook County
Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Last spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 Coolest Small Town in America by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Download the Visit Cook County app in the Google Play or iTunes App store to gain quick access to the events calendar, places to eat, stay, and play right at your fingertips. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.
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