Andy Talley and his friends return Saturday to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center to present interpretations of 18th and 19th century fur trade culture in the Illinois River valley.
The presentations will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Talley, as 18th century French fur trader Andre St. Pierre, will tell stories, play a wooden flute and light fire without matches. The audience can join by using old and new musical instruments created from natural materials.
Randy Baustert will portray Jon Pierre LeDoux, a French voyageur and trader in the 1750s in the Illinois Territory. He will display goods from Europe to be traded to Native Americans for furs.
Artemas the Tinker and Diantha the Weaver of the DuPage Valley Settlers will portray pioneers who settled northern Illinois in the 1830s. They will perform daily skills and activities and offer recreational diversions. Diantha will show rug-hooking and Artemas will demonstrate gourd crafting. They will have toys and games to entertain children. Artemas and Diantha will pitch an old-time tent and have Toby the Camp Dog along as well.
Illinois Waterway Visitor Center is at 950 N. 27th Road (Dee Bennett Road), Ottawa. It is at the Starved Rock Lock and Dam on the south side of the Illinois River. For information call the center at (815) 667-4054.