Mark Twain Cave Hollow will soon take on the aura of the early 19th century as the Fourth Annual Bear Creek Rendezvous fills the area beginning Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12.

Mark Twain Cave Hollow will soon take on the aura of the early 19th century as the Fourth Annual Bear Creek Rendezvous fills the area beginning Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12.

Mark Twain Cave Owner Linda Coleberd spent half her life in Wyoming, and she said the rendezvous in the early- to mid-1800s between Native Americans, trappers and traders in Wyoming and the Dakotas inspired her to create the first Bear Creek Rendezvous in 2015. Now in its fourth year, the gathering has grown each time, combining traditional Native American dancing and music, multiple vendors, demonstrations and various activities.

Coleberd said that her intent from the start was to offer an authentic experience for family members of all ages. The youngsters particularly like seeing the collection of live raptors on display and watching the centuries-old method for setting up a tepee, demonstrated by an eager participant in the rendezvous.

“He brings his tepee down every year and talks with the kids about tepees and how you set them up,” Coleberd said.

Adults also thrill in activities like the black powder rifle shoot, knife and tomahawk throw. And visitors of all ages are enthralled each year with the vivid plumage and traditional dance and music from the Omeyocan Dancers, who will perform at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Activities will include storytelling and demonstrations conducted by a medicine man and a blacksmith. Buffalo and “jackalope” burgers and beverages will be served, and vendors will be throughout the grounds with crafts, Native American items and other wares. The weekend will begin with traditional flute music and a rain dance at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, with festivities continiuing until dusk. Sunday’s events will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Coleberd said she is eager to welcome all the visitors to an interactive event that evokes rendezvous from long ago.

“Every year there’s a little bit more and a little bit more,” she said. “One of these years, it’s going to be a full-blown party just like the ones downtown. We’re getting there.”

For more information about the Bear Creek Rendezvous, call the Mark Twain Cave at 572-221-1656.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com