Feast of the Ste Claire 2001
Each year a special Committee of the Port Huron Museum organizes and hosts the annual “Feast of the Ste Claire” in Pine Grove Park on Memorial Day weekend. This two day event features an encampment of over 400 enactors depicting life of the early 1700s in the Blue Water area. The whole event is open to the public and is designed to educate and stimulate public interest in the early settlers and traders of this area. The 2001 Feast of the Ste Claire will be open from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, with a candlelight tour beginning at 7:00 pm on Saturday only. This year will mark the twenty-first consecutive year for this event, and we are anticipating an attendance of 10,000 - 12,000 persons.
The Feast of the Ste. Claire recreates the four periods of early Michigan history in the Blue Water area. The original Indian inhabitants, the French explorers in the seventeenth century with their early fur trade and Fort St. Joseph, followed by the British traders and settlers in the eighteenth century and finally the Americans with Fort Gratiot, independence, and statehood. Historic hobbyists from all over the Great Lakes Area assist with this event. They recreate living history with displays depicting the time periods of the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, the days of the early American fur trade and the War of 1812. There are ongoing demonstrations of 18th century living, cooking and crafts. The many Merchants and Traders present at the Feast offer a large variety of colonial style items and foods for sale
The Feast is a not-for-profit entity with ALL proceeds from this event going to help support the Port Huron Museum. We are constantly looking for ways to increase public attendance of the Feast and for donations to help cut our operating expenses, thus increasing the overall return back to the Museum. Local area merchants who give their assistance to the Feast are recognized in the Schedule of Events which is given to each paying Feast attendee, as well as being eligible for valuable tax incentives.
This event is held in Port Huron Michigan at Pine Grove Park, located on the beautiful St. Clair River just south of the Blue Water Bridge to Canada. It is open to the public with a small admission charge required for entrance.
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