Our Yearly Events

The White Oak Society is proud to host several educational and community based events every year.

Rendezvous and History Festival

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Join Voyageurs and Traders as they meet for the Annual Rendezvous Celebration

White Oak’s major Summer Event, Rendezvous has been held every August for over 27 years. It’s a celebration of historical education, entertainment, great food, and fun shopping opportunities that you won’t want to miss.

Join in the experience with 18th century living history interpreters who will take you on a journey back through time to the northern frontier life of a 1798 Northwest Company Fur Post.

Take a voyage back to the 15th century where you will come face-to-face with mercenaries under the employ of King Henry the VII as they prepare to defend their small encampment near Calais from French soldiers.

Take part in educational workshops and demonstrations featuring blacksmithing, discussions on medieval weaponry, armor, and soldiering. Learn about 15th and 18th century cooking, woodworking and more.

Campsites are available! Contact the society for more information.

 

Medieval Days (Fall Camp)

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A hungry medieval soldier inspects food preparation for his encampment of fellow mercenaries.

Journey into the past and see the 15th century come alive! It’s learning made fun at the White Oak Society.

Join Lothar Von Degen, William Godwin, and their company of 15th century mercenaries as they prepare their encampment near Calais to defend against the French and experience camp-life among 15th century soldiers and members of their entourage.

Take part in late-medieval pastimes such as medieval bowling, dice and card games, and spear throwing.

Try your hand at some old world skills like leather working, blacksmithing, fire-making and wood working.

Learn about the lives, equipment, and skills of the medieval soldiers who comprise the Willensstark Mercenary Company. However, be wary. The French may attack at any time and Willensstark will as always rally to their company motto, “To do right and fear no man!”

Contact the society for more information.

 

School Days

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White Oak’s School Days Program brings an interactive and educational experience to young and old.

Join us at the Learning Center in the Spring for a fascinating and fun educational experience for all ages. Schools, businesses, organizations, home schools, and individuals are all welcome to participate in an event that brings learning and entertainment together!

Tour the White Oak Site guided by our knowledgeable living history interpreters who will conduct you through workshops on varied historical topics such as soap making, 18th century black powder weapons, preserving natural foods, 15th century warfare, blacksmithing, leather and wood working and much more.

Activities change from year to year and will be posted on our blog and events calendar.

School classes and large organizations or groups should contact us early for scheduling and attendance purposes.

 

The White Oak Sled Dog Race

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Join us at the finish line for all the excitement!

The race is on in March (snow providing) at White Oak’s annual Dog Sled race! In celebration of winter, tradition, and our canine companions, White Oak is proud to host this awesome winter event.

Mushers, register early to participate in one of the Northland’s most exciting races. Typically featuring three races, with a “Big Dog” class in addition to the standard race, all three courses offer a challenge to area mushers and award great prizes.

The public is invited to come on by for a special dinner on the night before the race and a breakfast on the morning of the race. For news and information on the next dog sled race and for archives on races past, check out our dog sled section on this website.