Old Wadena Rendezvous and Chautauqua

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This year at the Rendezvous: making something old new again. Welcome to the 2018 Rendezvous and Chautauqua. The Rendezvous takes place as usual on August 11 and 12 at Old Wadena County Historic Park (follow the signs from Staples if you are unsure of the location-about 4 miles north and west of Staples). There will be a fur trapper encampment, fry bread and live music all day with artists like Dawn and Gary Timbs, Margo McCreary puppeteer, Dave Virnala, Singleton Street, and the Brothers Burn Mountain as well as Ojibwe flute music by Jake Kaehne and the students who take his Chautauqua class.

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Our new pavilion is coming together!

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Old Wadena Rendezvous and Chautauqua Celebration
August 11 and 12, 2018

The mission of the Old Wadena Society is to promote community knowledge and understanding of the history, ecology, and natural beauty of the Old Wadena County Park and the Crow Wing River.

The main way we do this is through the annual Rendezvous and in 2018 we are making it a more user friendly, interactive event by adding Chautauqua. The location remains the beautiful bur oak-tree studded bluff along the Crow Wing river at Old Wadena Park. A new permanent pavilion where the Rendezvous and Chautauqua will take place is being constructed by Wadena County with the cooperation of the Old Wadena Society this spring.

You may be asking, “What is a Chautauqua?” Here is one answer: Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s.

Chatauqua will become a part of the Rendezvous this year – and anyone interested in learning more about the folk arts and Old Wadena can participate. Chatauqua will provide a platform on which you can learn and practice a folk art form.