I have had an idea kicking around in my head for awhile that I don’t know if I have mentioned it before. I have heard that the old Rocky Mountain “mountain men”, used to have something called a Rendezvous maybe once a year or once every couple of years. They would bring in their tents and furs to sell. Merchants would come and sell all kinds of things: traps, guns, ammunition, coffee, food stuffs, liquor, books, candles, pots, pans etc.. Maybe a few wanton women. Maybe a few preachers.
Being that the word “Rendezvous” sounds French, I am naturally suspicious. However, I thought about it and realized that not all things French are bad (think French fries, French toast, French kiss, French Foreign Legion, French wine, French bread, French women, French food, – I was going to put etc. here but after filet mignon I really couldn’t think of anything else to like about France or the French language or culture. But the above list was enough that I thought I would give the concept a chance. Unfortunately, that evil corporate villain Disney (I know I am saying that sarcastically, but the more I find out…) stole the term “Jamboree” with their life size robotic musical bears. Although, I kind of liked the music (our parents bought it for us), the last time I went was to show an Eastern European Priest what a Disney theme park was like and we went in to escape the summer heat. I thought that the robots were really lame and needed and 2008 update (2008 - the year I attended). Do an internet search on “Country Bear Jamboree” if you don’t know what I am talking about.
I was thinking that maybe we could have some “Bear Rendezvous”. Most of us aren’t mountain men, but some of us have the smelly beards for it. Maybe start with regional “Rendezvous”. Maybe find some farmer who is willing to rent out enough acres to put up some rented circus tents. Try to locate this acreage near a bunch of campgrounds or a tourist area or an area that is 2A friendly or that is not in lockdown (i.e. in the mid-atlantic I would think about West Virginia as a state, and maybe a small town like Gettysburg as a farming/campground/motel destination)(in the NW, you have a quandary between getting away from the “left coast”, the weather in the Rockies, and the dearth of motels in the Rockies – I would still lean towards Idaho/Utah/Wyoming/Montana maybe pick the environs of a big city like Salt Lake or Medium cities like Boise or Idaho Falls). You would of course, want to get plenty of “Johnny on the Spot Porta Potties” and locate them in the correct direction as regards the prevailing winds. You could have one tent with tables for merchants and small businessmen to sell their wares. You could have a food court tent for different restaurateurs. In both cases, you would want to give priority to vendors who have been “Bearified” maybe through “Bear vibe” or “Bear Saloon”. And then give the next table slots to vendors of products that “Bears” would be interested in (seeds?, firearms?, prepper stuff?, tools?). Food vendors second priority could be unemployed families who want to put out some cheap eats for fellow unemployed families (but this is not Jamestown, socialist Jamestown starved, capitalist Plymouth Rock prospered). Food vendors third priority could be non-GMO, grass-fed, local, BBQ, low-cost, diner type food, maybe invite Black Rifle coffee to have an expresso bar. You could have a tent for music and entertainment. You could have short say two hour sessions during the day, by different people on different topics that people could sign up for ahead of time (to figure out the size of what tent to put them in). Of course, once these are successful we could transport the Big Bear and his family out for the best stand-up comedy in the world.
Some other ideas (this would be for more of a one day regional Rendezvous) would be to find a shooting range and have a range day (or hour depending on budget - at least gas is cheap). Maybe someone could give firearms safety and marksmanship classes. We could find a nearby park for families with kids to hangout and picnic. Maybe workout a fee system for some families to provide burgers and munchies for a few bucks (maybe different fee schedules to accommodate the unemployed and big ugly guys versus little kids or just pay by the burger). We could maybe have a little networking business card/resume exchange and have each interested adult in attendance at the networking session stand up and give their 15-30 second elevator pitch (I.e. "I am looking to hire welders", "I am looking for a job, and this is what I have done in the past" etc.). If people are shy about public speaking I'll volunteer to do it for them. They might have to pay for me to drive to Idaho or wherever, but I'll do it. Just no blue states.
I'm just kind of throwing out some ideas at this point, this isn't a serious proposal. If anyone is trying to do something like this, feel free to take the ideas and run with them. I don't think anyone will get rich of off them, but if you do - throw a little cheddar to this poor disabled Army veteran. Outside the University of Maryland, where I went to school there was a place called the Rendezvous pub. Being a good Christian, I think the only time I went was when my Dad took the family there for a graduation lunch. But everyone in College called it "The Vous" (pronounced "vou" rhymes with "Boo"). So maybe I will see you all at a "Vous"!