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Written by JOE POIRIER   
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 19:58

Historical society considers resurrecting once-popular event

    After a 12-year hiatus, organizers of the Crossroads Rendezvous in Saukville are seeking to revive the historical re-enactment event at Peninsula Park in May.
    “It’s not set in stone yet because we are still working on securing the funding,” organizer Mary Boyle said. “We’re giving ourselves until the end of February to finish raising the funds that we need. Then we’ll make an official decision.”
    According to Boyle, about $12,000 is needed for the event to be held from May 18 to 20.
    She said she is waiting to hear back about an application for a $4,000 tourism grant to support the event.
    The Crossroads Rendezvous ran from 1998 to 2006, but it ceased after the previous organizers stepped down.
    Last year, Boyle and Sara Dahmen, two historical re-enactors from Port Washington, decided it was time to bring the Crossroads Rendezvous back.       
    “We started talking in the fall and (Dahmen) wanted to bring a hometown event back, because a lot of events in this vicinity have disappeared for re-enactors,” Boyle said.
    “This had been a popular event, and because it’s already been done before it would be easier to step into the framework of that instead of trying to reinvent the wheel.”
    Boyle and Dahmen contacted the Saukville Historical Society to see if the organization was interested in supporting the event.
    “They were very excited to work with us, so we decided to join the historical society,” Boyle said.
    According to Boyle, the revival of the Crossroads Rendezvous will have a greater educational focus than it has in years past, and the participation of the re-enactors would be by invitation only.
    Boyle also said she is seeking to work with local nonprofit groups to provide food and beverages at the event as a way to raise funds for future events and to benefit the historical society.
    Some of the money will also go to restoring the 1912 Saukville Fire House, which is the home of the historical society, she added.  
    For more information about the event, visit crossroadsrendezvous.org or the  Facebook page at CrossroadsRendezvous.
    Anyone who wants to make donations can contact Boyle at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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