28 April 2008


Every spring we have, in our village, this thing called Rendezvous. Rendezvous is the carrying on of a tradition that started back in the 19th century. Every spring trappers and traders would gather in the Tobacco Valley with the local Indian tribes to trade goods, stories and probably a little fire water.

The celebration has taken on a more modern mantle but many still dress in traditional garb and re-enact the gathering of yore. There is hatchet throwing, black powder shooting and trading. And a general fellowship kind of thing.

These days there is a parade down Dewey, which is our main street. The parade had everything from Canadian pipers to hot rods. The part I liked best was that the people in the parade had candy they tossed to the crowd. I tried my darndest to catch some. But, mom kinda cramped my style. In that area. The thing I didn't like was the shooting off of those blunderbusts. Not good for this doggie.

Also, around town was a quilt show at the fairgrounds and lots of people selling arts and crafts down at the historic village. I'd reckon there must have been double the population in town this weekend. Maybe more cuz we only have about 1,000 souls here on a regular basis.

Someone must have been smiling on us too because they had called for rain this weekend and it was a beautiful spring weekend!

If you're ever in the area around the end of April you ought to stop by to experience our Rendezvous. It's a lot of fun.

Oh, and another thing. Folks in Montana just love their dogs and we get to go nearly everywhere with our families. I highly recommend Montana for family fun when the family includes my canine brethern.

©Kinsey Barnard Photography

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