Frenchtown benefit offers dinner, auction

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LOWDEN — The annual Frenchtown Rendezvous will be from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Frenchtown Hall as a benefit for the Frenchtown Historic Site.

The fundraiser will feature dinner, wine and beer, dancing, a talk by a noted historian, displays, a silent auction, and a raffle presented by the Frenchtown Historical Foundation.

Rendezvous tickets are $25 per person.

Raffle prizes include: a Columbia Gorge hotel package for two nights’ stay with Sternwheeler River Cruise; a dining package for Walla Walla restaurants; a Wildhorse Resort package with one night’s stay, golf, dinner, museum and a movie; and a Round-up and Happy Canyon package for 2014.

Tickets are available from Debbie Beal, 509-386-1500, Karen Zohner, 541-969-7841, or from any Frenchtown Historical Foundation board or committee member.

All proceeds from the Rendezvous and raffle will go toward operating funds for the Frenchtown Historic Site, which opened in 2010. The site recognizes the French Canadian and native Indian cultural heritage of the Walla Walla area. It honors the grounds of the 1855 Battle of Walla Walla during which Chief Peopeomoxmox and many others were killed, as well as the Saint Rose of Lima Mission Church and Cemetery in historic Frenchtown.

Frenchtown Historical Foundation recently built a new shelter at the site, and has announced a capital campaign to relocate and restore at the Frenchtown site what may be the oldest log cabin in Washington state.

The historic site includes 27 acres surrounding the Frenchtown Cemetery, which is open to the public with trails and interpretive signage, and another 30 acres along the Walla Walla River that is a natural area closed to the public.

The Frenchtown site is open daily from sunrise to sunset with no admission charge. For directions, and other detailed information, click here or find Frenchtown Historical Foundation on Facebook, email frenchtownpartners@charter.net, or call 509-629-0044.

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