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Joe Meek. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Joe Meek
Joe Meek, played by Dave Vlcek, was a Rocky Mountain fur trapper with William Sublette.

William Drummond Stewart. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
William Drummond Stewart
Jared Rogerson played the Scotsman, Sir William Drummond Stewart, Wyoming's first "tourist".

Stealing her away. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Stealing her away
A mountain man steals an Indian maiden away over his shoulder during the Rendezvous Pageant.

Supply Wagons. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Supply Wagons
Wagons roll into the Rendezvous ready to trade supplies for precious beaver pelts.

Pony Dancer. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
Pony Dancer
Pony Dancer, Jesse Early, races his horse with no saddle and only a traditional Indian rein for control.

Indian Signing. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Indian Signing
Mariah McKay plays a Shoshone Indian interpreter who signs a prayer by the Protestant Missionaries during Rendezvous.

Indian Maiden. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Indian Maiden
The Native Americans enjoyed Rendezvous as much as the trappers did, and they also traded furs for supplies and white man's goods. They eagerly sought new tools, cooking utensils, firearms, colorful beads and bright fabrics.

Cast Crasher. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Cast Crasher
This little bunny entertained the crowd before and during the Pageant by running across the grassy field where the pageant was reenacted. At one point before the program began, it ran into one of the teepees, drawing a laugh from the crowd.

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Rendezvous Pageant
by Pinedale Online!
July 15, 2007

The 71st Annual Green River Rendezvous Pageant was held on Sunday, July 15th in Pinedale. The event has been held each year since 1936. The event is an elaborate community event with a cast of over 150 people acting out the roles of famous explorers, mountain men, Native Americans, the area’s first tourists and early religious missionaries headed West. Many of the cast members have held their same parts for many years and carry the tradition of being in the pageant on to their children and family members. The programs includes wagons led by teams of horses and mules and many horseback riders. The elaborate, hour-long, 5-scene program is packed with plenty of excitement and action and always draws a huge crowd to watch.

The Rendezvous Pageant is now put on by the Green River Rendezvous Pageant Association, Inc., a group of community members dedicated to continuing the production and the tremendous local community involvement effort. It is the aim of the Pageant Association “to perpetuate this important period of American history so vital to the development of the West by reenacting annually in pageant form some historical incidents from that distant day.”

“The Rendezvous assemblage numbered in the thousands. Six of these great gatherings were held in Sublette County. They occurred in the years: 1832, 1835, 1836, 1837, 1839 and 1840. No official representative of any government is known to have taken part in these earliest explorations. It was the fur industry, the trapper, and the missionary that opened the gates to the west. Their hardship has never been surpassed and their courage and fortitude seldom equaled.” The Pageant Association can be reached at PO Box 274, Pinedale, WY 82941,

The Green River Rendezvous Program:
SCENE I: A Prelude to History; Opening Ceremonies; The Astorians; Pipe Lighting Ceremony.
SCENE II: Fort Bonneville; Arrival of the Free Trappers; The Mountain Men; Antelope Soldiers & The Shoshones.
SCENE III: Trapper’s Bride; Bonneville vs. Chief Horse Race; Indian Dances; Father Pierre Jean DeSmet.
SCENE IV: The Dude; Pony Dance; The Protestant Missionaries.
SCENE IV History on Parade.

Cast of Characters:
John Hoback: Eric Schneider
Jacob Reznor: Jason Mickelson
Edward Robinson: Tyler Wilson
Wilson Price Hunt: Eric Maichek
Pierre Dorion: Grant Golden
Aioe Dorion: Des Brunette
Dorion Children: Ian and Ira Dickinson
Old Man Indian: Gil Winters
Capt. Bonneville: Mark Eatinger
Joe Walker: Van Huffman
Moses “Black” Harris: Ty Huffman
Harris’ Bride: Hailey Kogianes
Jim Bridger: Jon Mickelson
William Sublette: Bernie Holz
Kit Carson: Floyd Roadifer
Jedediah Smith: Dan Stroud
Joe Meek: Dave Vlcek
Father DeSmet: Steven Pape
Andrew Dripps: Kent Cluck
Tom Fitzpatrick: Bill Webb
Sir William Drummond Stewart: Jared Rogerson
Antoine Clement: RJ Thompson
Lucien Fontenelle: Dennis Fornstrom
Marcus Whitman: Festus Krause
Narcissa Whitman: Kendall Brunette
Henry Spalding: Zach Thompson
Eliza Spalding: Jennifer Rogerson
Sign Interpreter: Mariah McKay
Alfred Jacob Miller: Preston Goulette

Antelope Soldiers: Sandy Kirkpatrick, Ken Marincic, Erin Marincic, Tina Marincic
Ma-Wo-Ma: Tim Thompson
Quinton Quay: Shane Costello
Wadze Weepay: Mary Ann Menster
Sweetgrass Woman: Gerda Dickinson
Chief Race: Zach Mortensen, Jesse Early

Cassie Webb, Jessica Mortensen, Jesse Early, Zach Mortenson, Norma Licking

Dexter Smith (Pole Creek Ranch), Tom Worden, Kay Malkowski (Pape Ranches), Jim Malkowski, John Wayne Gillette, Morgan Malkowski

Van Huffman, Mark Eatinger, Tyler Wilson, Jon Mickelson, Grant Golden, Jake Brunette, Eric Schneider, Chuck Cundy, Wesley Schwab, Dyson Winters, Ty Huffman, Mike Schwab, David Stephens, Bernie Holz, Floyd Roadifer, Dennis Fornstrom, Brandon McKeown, David Smith, Gux Holz, Wayne Hartman, Jason Mickelson, Kent Cluck, Preston Goulette, Bill Webb, Dave Vlcek, Earl Houghton, Dayton Denton

Audrey Schreiber; Shane, Michele, Jordan & Tayln Costello; Darby McMartin; Sarah Ritschel; Gerda, Kate, Ian & Ira Dickinson; Laurie, Cassie & Deven Lamere; Julie, Shaina, Becca & Aaron Belton; Tim, R.J. & Amanda Thompson; Jayne Thompson; Des Brunette; Mary Anne Menster; Janet Goulette; Sandy Kirkpatrick; Jileen, Clayton & Jenna Roadifer; Phylis Stevens & Devin Gracia; Taylor, Tadan & Melita Hansen; Lizzy Cooney; Therese Hartman; Sheila Collins; Paden & Kirk Anderson; Mychaela Kuhl; Abby Moller; Augusta Anderson; Matesi Mickelson; Carla Olds; Dillon, Sabree, Ryley Miceklson; Kiley Garcilaso & Yates Huffman; Linsay, Sawyer & Sadie Garcilaso Sierfkes; Janel & Lauryn Scurlock; Bekah Snapp; Erin & Ken Marincic; Julie & Sydney Mickelson; Adrienne Barnett; Peggy Bryant; Gil, Grady & Kade Winters; Amber Stephens; Emily DiBlasi; Tina Marincic; Meghann Durbrow; Kate & Zoe Belinda; Les Margo; Kathy, Matthew, Nathan & Katherine Bunford; Garrett & Bailey Lozier; Fallon Ramsey; Jordan & Justin Kirkpatrick; Rodney & Victoria Carter; Joey & Jonathan Cook; Hailey Kogianes; Laura & Sam Lopemen; Kimberly Ervin; Mariah McKay

Mark Eatinger, Des Brunette, Van & Marilyn Huffman, Janel Scurlock, Mary Ann Menster, Julie Belton, Stuart Thompson

Fundraising: Janel Scurlock; Advertising: Des Brunette; Pageant Operations: Gary Neely; Pageant Operations Assistant: Pam Boyle; Narrator: Vern Swain; Clean Up: Stuart Thompson; Cast Feed: Dave & Mary Lankford; Indian Camp: Janet Goulette; Make-up: Nancy Ritschel & Betty Golden; Pony Dancers: Julie Early; Sound System/Music: Bruce Kerback & Lars Michnevich; First Aid & Ambulance: Pinedale EMS Council; Wagon Teams & Drivers: Kay Malkowski & Dexter Smith; Trapper Camp Stew: Elaine Ullery; Tipi Crew: Van Huffman & Mark Eatinger; Props: Julie Belton; Ticket Sales & Program: Marilyn Huffman; Maintenance & Grounds: Mark Eatinger & Van Huffman; Insurance: Dave Bell; Casting: Des Brunette; Wild Flowers & Aspen Boughs: Van & Marilyn Huffman: Traffic: Sublette County Sheriff’s Office & Wyoming Highway Department

Naomi Pape, Lance Koppenhafer, Leda Reach, Ethelyne Worl, John Mackey

Pinedale Online, Town of Pinedale, Sublette County Tourism Board, Sublette BOCES, Sublette County Historical Society, Sublette County Sporting Association, Judi Myers, Dickinson Ranch Lil Penton, John Smith, Joann Neumayer. The Green River Rendezvous Pageant, Inc also tahks all the contributors, cast and community volunteers for all their time, support and help this year and every year. A special thank you to David Hohl for the fiddling prior to the pageant.

(Unofficial cast member and pre-program entertainment: Cottontail bunny rabbit)

Photos by Clint Gilchrist and Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!

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  • - Green River Rendezvous Pageant Association, Inc. website
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  • Dorian Children. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Dorian Children
    Marie Dorian and her two young children accompanied Wilson Price Hunt on a trip to the Pacific Ocean in 1811 just five years after the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Children played by Ian and Ira Dickinson.

    Pipe Lighting Ceremony. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Pipe Lighting Ceremony
    (left to right) Old Man Indian, played by Gil Winters, Shoshone Indian, played by Jesse Early, Pierre Dorian played by Grant Golden, and Joe Walker played by Van Huffman (in the back).

    Ball game. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Ball game
    Shoshone Indian children playing a ball game.

    Joe Meek. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Joe Meek
    The Merry Mountain Man played by Dave Vlcek.

    Jim Bridger. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Jim Bridger
    "Old Gabe" played by Jon Mickelson.

    Shoshone Indians. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Shoshone Indians
    Shoshone Indians led by (left to right) Ma-Wo-Ma, played by Tim Thompson, Quinton Quay, played by Shane Costello, and Wadze Weepay, played by Mary Ann Menster.

    Mountain Man Camp. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Mountain Man Camp

    The Trapper's Bride. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    The Trapper's Bride
    Sweetgrass Woman, played by Gerda Dickinson, and Jim Bridger, played by Jon Mickelson.

    Horse Race. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Horse Race
    Horse race between Captain Bonneville's horse and Chief Ma-Wo-Ma's horse. Riders (left to right) Zack Mortensen and Jesse Early.

    Shoshone Indian Dance. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Shoshone Indian Dance

    American Fur Company . Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    American Fur Company
    Supply Wagon.

    Traders. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Andrew Dripps (right), played by Kent Cluck, shakes his fist at Tom Fitzpatrick (left), played by Bill Webb, for bringing alcohol to Rendezvous.

    Suit of Armor. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Suit of Armor
    Jim Bridger, played by Jon Mickelson, shows off his suit of armor, which was a present from his Scottish friend Sir William Drummond Stewart.

    Alfred Jacob Miller. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Alfred Jacob Miller
    Sir William Drummond Stewart, played by Jared Rogerson, brought painter Alfred Jacob Miller, played by Preston Goulette, with him to the West to make drawings and paintings of his adventures.

    Protestant Missionaries. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Protestant Missionaries
    (left to right) Narcissa Whitman, played by Kendall Brunette, Marcus Whitman, played by Festus Krause, Henry Spaulding, played by Zach Thompson, and Elize Spaulding, played by Mariah McKay.
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