Feast, Fete & Fun in Ste. Genevieve on Saturday, Sept. 9

In celebration of the 350th anniversary of explorers Marquette & Jolliet’s historic Mississippi River voyage, French Colonial America presents the Voyageur Rendezvous, a special event on Saturday, September 9.

This culturally significant evening takes place on the grounds of the historic Bolduc House in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. The event features historic food of the French Colonial period, live period music, historic interpreters and a one-act play by Jim Healy, “Louis Jolliet: A Solid Path Through Water.” Baroque guitarist Patrick Rafferty will play period music.

Tickets are available at this link: https://www.fca-events.net/

The event takes place on Saturday, September 9, 2023, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m, The theater performance begins at 5 p.m., followed by a buffet at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Historic Bolduc House,125 Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri 63670. Tickets are $125 each and include all event activities, music, theatrical performance, dinner and parking. French Colonial attire is welcome. Comfortable footwear is recommended.

French Colonial attire is welcome. Historic interpreters will be on site.


Amuse Bouches: pâté, charcuterie, French Sorrel Soup, Herb Gougères

Buffet: Cochon de Lait, Poulet Fricassée, Missouri Rice Ragoût (with local pecans and mushrooms), Ratatouille, Late Summer Salad, Pain et Dessert

The Evening’s Culinarians: Chef Craig Basler, Dalie’s Smokehouse; Suzanne Corbett, food historian & Foodways Interpreter; René Waterhouse-Sackett, locavore & culinary professional


In 1673, Father Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit missionary, and fur trader Louis Jolliet led an expedition to explore the French-claimed territory in North America from the Great Lakes region to the Gulf of Mexico. They ended the expedition in present-day Arkansas when warned by native tribes that Spanish colonial powers controlled territory from the mouth of the Arkansas River to the Gulf. The expedition was the first time non-native people explored the central portions of the Mississippi River and was the first to determine the courses of the rivers that ran through the interior of the continent.

Marquette and Jolliet’s Voyage.


French Colonial America preserves and promotes French and Creole culture and the history of the Mississippi Valley during the Colonial period. French Colonial America also owns and operates the Centre for French Colonial Life Museum Campus. This unique, historical museum site consists of four historic houses as well as an education and exhibits facility.  For more information, visit http://www.FrenchColonialAmerica.org

French Colonial America
198 Market Street
Sainte Geneviève, MO 63670


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