Heirloom Seeker Events

Traditional Artisans Showcase and Sale

July 22-23, 2017
ASL Pewter Foundry
183 South Third Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-2095
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This traditional art show and sale features artisans from the Midwest who have been selected by Early American Life Magazine as the best in their fields. These artists and fine crafters display and sell their work and happily educate the public on the traditional way what they do is made and used.  Above all, Guest artists

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include Mike Ochonicky, Scrimshaw; Doug and Julie Dawson, Tin cookie cutters and other tinware; Vernon DePauw, woodcarving; Suzette Krummel, Penny Rugs; Tom Wintczak, redware pottery and fracture; Kandye Mahurin, painted game boards on antique bread and cutting boards.

Holiday Christmas Festival

When: First full weekend in December
Where: Historic District, Ste. Genevieve, MO
Admission: FREE!

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Experience a wonderland of Christmas festivities in Ste. Genevieve during the annual Holiday Christmas Festival. A cultural celebration of 500 years of holiday music, performed by renowned musicians from across the region, is featured at free performances in historic churches and other downtown venues throughout the weekend. A Christmas parade, caroling, colonial

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decorations, free pictures with Santa for the little ones, and so much more make this a truly memorable event. In addition, Ste. Genevieve Art Guild hosts an Art Show & Sale, downtown shops offer refreshments, some historic site offer open houses, a Friday night Variety Show is presented at the local Performing Arts Center and you can delight in an old-fashioned Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Saturday evening at the Welcome Center – a truly marvelous event!

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Le Reveillon
French Christmas

Felix Valle State Historic Site

Merchant and 2nd Streets
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7102
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This annual holiday celebration highlights the music, customs, and crafts of early French Colonial Christmas in Ste. Genevieve.  The celebration, known as Le Reveillon, features costumed guides who explain the early 19th century customs of Christmas.  Traditional foods and music of the period are featured.

ArtWalk

4th Friday Art Walk (Feb thru Oct)

Historic Downtown Ste. Genevieve
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

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Bring your friends and enjoy a leisurely stroll among the shops, restaurants, and art galleries of downtown Ste. Genevieve.  During 4th Friday Art Walks, Ste. Genevieve art galleries offer visitors the opportunity to view the works of local and regional artists displaying a variety of art forms. Many

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businesses in the Historic District participate by extending their store hours from 6 to 9pm during the Fourth Friday Art Walk.

Start your tour at the Welcome Center where you can view two important art collections, as well as pick up a map to the galleries. The 4th Friday Art Walk is sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project.  Art Walks are on the fourth Friday of each month from February thru November.  Check the Facebook page for Ste Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project for monthly themes.  Refreshments may be served at various locations and there are five restaurants with regular evening hours in the historic district.

Shop Small Saturday (Nov)

Location: Historic Downtown Ste. Genevieve
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

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Shop Small Saturday is a nationwide event created by American Express and sponsored locally by the Ste. Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project and The Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce. This event’s purpose is to encourage sales for local small businesses.  So shop local and support small business owners!

 

Muny Band Concerts

8:00 Thurs Evenings, June and July
Valle School Parking Lot
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7097
800-373-7007

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Ste. Genevieve’s Municipal Band performs a variety of favorites each week polkas, marches, show tunes, kids’ tunes, and popular melodies.  Sit in your car or bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy one of the few municipal bands still around, a Ste. Genevieve tradition for over 70 years!

Spirit Reunion in Memorial Cemetery

When: 5:30 pm October 28, 2017
Where: Memorial Cemetery
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

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The spirits will again emerge from the crypts and tombs of historic old Ste. Genevieve’s Memorial Cemetery as the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve hosts its annual Déjà vu Spirit Reunion.  Visitors will experience Missouri’s oldest town through the spirits of those buried in the town’s Memorial Cemetery. This cemetery,

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established in 1787, includes the tombs and grave markers of the area’s earliest French pioneers as well as emigrants of German, Scottish and other heritages – slave, free and integrated spouses of black African and Native Americans.
This living history program of stories, traditions and nostalgia highlights the lives and personalities of notables such as U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn, Felix and Odile Vallé, Marie LaPorte, Joseph Bogy, Ferdinand Rozier (a one-time business partner of John James Audubon). This provides the visitor with an intimate taste of lifestyles and happenings in Missouri’s oldest town during the late 18th and 19th centuries. So tour the cemetery via lantern light and chat “face-to-face” with over 20 spirits clad in traditional dress and enjoy a hauntingly good time.
In addition, all proceeds help to benefit the Foundation for Restoration’s activities and restoration efforts. The FRSG is a non-profit community organization formed to promote the preservation and restoration of Ste. Genevieve’s historic structures and traditions. And in 2007 the FRSG was awarded the distinguished Governor’s Humanities Award for the Déjà vu Spirit Reunion program.

 

 

Jour de Fete Arts & Crafts Festival

When: Second full weekend in August
Where: Historic District, Ste. Genevieve, MO
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

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The annual Jour de Fête is southeast Missouri’s largest outdoor Crafts Fair. Held in the heart of Ste. Genevieve’s Historic District, visitors can browse through arts and crafts booths. Shop till you drop and enjoy live music, foods, living history demonstrations and other activities at this family-friendly event.

French Veillee’

Second Weekend in June
Felix Valle State Historic Site
Merchant and Second Streets
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7102

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Enjoy an evening in the garden of the Felix Valle House at this recreation of a La Veillee, a traditional French Colonial summer social gathering. Featured will be French folk dancing, folk tales, candlelight tours of the home, and refreshments.

 

Ecole du Soldat

When: Please see the Events Calendar for specifics
Where: Historic District
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

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A family-friendly, living history event! Come explore the traditions of the “School of the Soldier.” This is a fully packed weekend of lectures and camaraderie with plenty of events to see.

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On Saturday, attend a public heritage auction of discovered ‘desirables’ – memorabilia, collectibles, ‘accouterments’, utensils, and ‘watch’a-may-call-its’.  In addition, Ste Genevieve has the greatest concentration of original French colonial buildings in North America. Plus is the only surviving French colonial village in the United States. At Ecole du Soldat activities of that early era are reenacted.

 

French Heritage Festival

Second Weekend in June
Historic District
Ste. Genevieve, MO
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

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The French Festival is a living history event with live traditional music, folk dancing, French foods, wine tasting, re-enactors in period dress, historic home tours, street dancing, promenades (parades), children’s activities, walking tours, tea with ‘Marie Antoinette’ at the Guibourd and much more!

 

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