Pierre Menard Home Annual Christmas Festival
Pierre Menard Home Historic Site
Plan to join us in celebrating the Christmas season in the traditions as the French of Kaskaskia, New Orleans and Montreal Canada would have in the 1700/1800s! Some of these traditions are still done today!
Sit by the fire and fellowship with your neighbor (weather permitting, we will be inside if it is raining or too cold), walk through the decorated Pierre Menard Home, learn of traditions of a French Christmas and about Réveillon, listen or dance to Christmas music of the time. There will also be rag dolls and hunting bags available for the children to make and take home. We will have popcorn to string and ornaments to make to place on the house tree. If you choose not to make an ornament we have some available from prior years to place on the tree. The property will be lit up with candles from the parking lots and will guide you to the event.
Enjoy a snacks of potato soup, different styles of bread, tourtiere (meat pie as cooked in French Montreal/Quebec area), turkalet of rice (dish from the 1700s); deserts such as pralines, Bûche de Noël (Yule Log), gingerbread cookies and more; drinks of mulled wine, old-fashioned egg nog, (this has alcohol in it) cold apple cider and French coffee. A donation box will be available as well.
Volunteers are welcome as are any dishes you might want to bring from this era.
Period dress encouraged but not required.
Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site
4230 Kaskaskia Road
Ellis Grove, IL 62241 (Map)