Weekend-Long Cultural Celebration Commemorates the Bent’s Fort Era With Authentic Rendezvous Encampments, Hands-On Activities and Award-Winning Artists.
Tesoro Cultural Center will host its annual 1840 Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market weekend on Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15, on the grounds of Colorado’s iconic restaurant, The Fort. Open to the public, the event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $5, and free for children ages 12 and under, and tickets can be purchased online at TesoroCulturalCenter.org.
Each year, Tesoro Cultural
Center commemorates Far Western Mountaineers and the Fur Trade, including trappers, traders, American Indians, Hispanics, teamsters and military of the Bent’s Old Fort era (1833-1849). Bent’s Fort, of which The Fort is an exact replica, was an important fur trading fort that operated along the Santa Fe Trail in the early 19th century.
A day at the 1840 Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market is a day in the early West, offering engaging and immersive fun for the whole family. Historic interpreters will show guests day-to-day skills from the 1840s, such as horse and mule packing; fire-starting; beadwork; sign language; blacksmithing; moccasin-making; arrow-making; wool processing; and more. Guests will be able to put these newly found skills to the test, under the guidance of bonafide Mountain Men and Frontier Women. Additional activities include handling demonstrations with a Bald Eagle and other birds of prey, courtesy of Hawkquest; storytelling; live music and performances by Rex Rideout and The Southwest Musicians; and a Rendezvous Scavenger Hunt for kids.
Spanish Colonial Artists
The 1840 Rendezvous weekend will feature award-winning artists, each displaying artwork in various art mediums. Accomplished artists include: Roxanne Shaw Galindo, Frank L. Garcia and Margarito Mondragon.
The 1840 Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market weekend festivities will kick off on Friday, September 13, with a Tesoro Member-exclusive “Meet the Artists Patron Party,” from 6-9 p.m. at The Fort. Guests will have the first opportunity to purchase award-winning art and the evening will feature live music provided by Spurs of the Moment. Hearty hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of The Fort, will be provided alongside a cash bar. Membership and $20 tickets to the “Meet the Artists Patron Party” can be purchased here.
All programming supports Tesoro’s year-round mission of protecting and making available to the community the artistic treasures of our American past. Other annual Tesoro events include the Indian Market and Powwow each June, the Farolito Lighting & Pinecone Ceremony each November and Las Posadas festivities in December.
For more information, call (303) 839-1671 or visit www.TesoroCulturalCenter.org.
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