Buying tools from the local blacksmith. Tapping maple and birch trees for sugar. Foraging for berries and edible vegetation. Traveling by horse or covered wagon. Portaging canoes and trading furs. These activities and more made up the daily lives of Indigenous people and Euro-American settlers who made their homes in the river valley of Bloomington in the 1800s.
For about 25 years, Bloomington Parks and Recreation’s living history festival River Rendezvous has offered a chance for area students and residents to take a peek into this way of daily life through storytelling and interactive, hands-on demonstrations at Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th Street.
River Rendezvous takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily entry costs $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 4 – 17, and is free for children 3 and under. Discounted two-day passes are also available. For more information, visit blm.mn/rendezvous or call 952-563-8877.