The mountain men (and women) are coming back to Leslie and this year’s rendezvous should be bigger and better than before. The 2nd Annual Leslie Mountain Man Rendezvous is scheduled for Friday and Saturday 11 – 12 October. Re-enactors will be camped in their tents located in the quaint Searcy County town of Leslie. The re-enactors will be wearing pre-1840 period clothing.
The Rendezvous will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Expect tomahawk throwing and there are plans for an old-time Keel Boat to be on display. Bring your spending money as vendors should also be on the grounds. Private, public and home-schooled students are especially encouraged to attend on Friday. William Woodpecker Worden of Shirley, Arkansas will be on hand Friday. According to the Arkansas Arts Council website, “..he is a master flute-maker, flute player, and storyteller. Worden learned the art of flute making on the Seminole Reservation in South Florida…”
This rendezvous has a special place in the hearts of some of the re-enactors due to the rendezvous site basically blending into the town and for the support of town people, even to the point of some of them dressing up in old-time clothing as well. See history come alive! Admission is free for this educational family event. Special thanks goes to Tom and Sandra Knapp for the use of their land for this event. Sponsored by the Leslie Area Merchants Association and the Early Arkansaw Reenactors Association. For more information, please call 501-941-4828. (Photos by Ron Gillispie)