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Free Presidents Day Events at Conner Prairie, Feb. 17

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Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Lynelle Mellady
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
http://connerprairie.org/

Is meeting a U.S. president on your bucket list?

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park is offering the public the chance to interact with several presidents and first ladies from America’s past, and all for free on Presidents Day.

In celebration of the holiday, Conner Prairie, Indiana’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, will open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 17 with free admission to all.

Visitors won’t just get to meet these famous figures, but also sing with George Washington, box with Andrew Jackson, strut in an 1860s fashion show with Mary Todd Lincoln, learn about grave robbing from Benjamin Harrison, compete in a Revolutionary War version of capture the flag and much more.

Activities

Most activities are ongoing throughout the day, except where noted.

  • Compete in a carnival-style shooting game in Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite Wild West and safari expedition settings, using safe marshmallow guns. Can you hit the targets?
  • Warm up in an old-timey boxing workout then square off safely in the ring – like gentlemen – with Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren.
  • Compete in the Revolutionary War version of capture the flag. Guests on two teams, the Americans and the British, will strategically and safely battle it out.
  • Decorate and sign a card to celebrate George Washington’s birthday with a surprise party at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn about Franklin D. Roosevelt’s goal to bring electricity to rural America then electrify a 1930s farmhouse. Enjoy a fireside chat with FDR at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Scrutinize Ulysses S. Grant’s Presidential Cabinet of Curiosities. Which outrageous, historic and odd items are real and fake?
  • Learn the do’s and don’ts of 1860s fashion with Mary Todd Lincoln. Try on period clothing, decorate paper dolls, and strut in a 19th-century fashion show at noon.
  • Discover more from Belva Lockwood and Edith and Woodrow Wilson about women’s suffrage, participate in the fun by making your own speech, parade signs and sashes, and vote on various topics. Rally in a parade at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Sing patriotic songs with Lady Liberty and Washington at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m.
  • Meet Abraham Lincoln, ask him questions or seek his advice at 2:30 p.m.
  • Other activities include trying on presidential facial hair, learning about embarrassing presidential moments, discovering a president’s connection to grave robbing, decorating a clothespin to look like Abe Lincoln and much, much more.

Treat yourself to lunch and enjoy deli sandwiches, hot dogs, corn chowder, pretzels, hot chocolate and more. Visitors are welcome to bring their own lunches as well. After lunch, visit the Conner Prairie Store, open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to find souvenirs, toys, books, Indiana-made items and more.

Join us for free on Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a Presidents Day celebration you won’t forget.

For more information, call 317-776-6006, visit connerprairie.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ConnerPrairie.

Lafayette and West Lafayette Events in 2013

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Lafayette Events for 2013

Lafayette Events for 2013

Things to do in Indianapolis, Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2013

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Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Wed and Fri this week.
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Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2013

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Things to do in Indianapolis, Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2012

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Fishers Renaissance Faire, Oct. 6

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Fishers Renaissance Faire Minstrels

Fishers Renaissance Faire Minstrels. Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of the Fishers Renaissance Faire
http://fishersrenfaire.com/

North Central’s King’s Court Singers to Perform

Back by popular demand, the King’s Court Singers from North Central High School will perform two shows on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the Fishers Renaissance Faire.

King’s Court is a 42-member co-ed choir under the direction of Joyce Click that presents various genres – most notably madrigal compositions – in period dress (circa 1500). At the outdoor fair, the singers also will roam the crowd performing impromptu music and skits written during or in the style of the Renaissance. Students in grades 9 through 12 participate.

For more than 30 years, the King’s Court Singers have performed in sold-out Madrigal dinners, churches, Pacer games, the Fishers Renaissance Faire, and, just last week, at the Carmel International Arts Festival. The group has been named a Gold Medal Choir with Distinction at the State Qualification Contest and Overall Grand Champion Choir in the Music in the Parks competition.

WHAT:
King’s Court Singers performances

WHEN:
Oct. 6, 2012, at 11:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. (Faire is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

WHERE:    
Fishers Renaissance Faire, Saxony, 134th Street and Olio Road in Fishers

COST:
$10 for adults, $8 for age 5-15, Free for age 4 and younger. Tickets available at the gate.

INFO: 
www.kingscourtsingers.org or www.fishersrenfaire.com
Editor’s Acknowledgment: JTPR, Inc.

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