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Vevay hosts old-fashioned tent chautauqua Saturday
Courier Staff Report
Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:00 AM
An old-fashioned tent chautauqua and art fair will give visitors a glimpse into the past this weekend in Vevay.
The "Big Doin's Tent Chautauqua and Art Fair" will be Saturday at the Switzerland County Historical Museum Grounds, 208 E. Market St. The day-long event will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature different speakers and activities until 5 p.m.
A similar event was hosted during the Bicentennial Celebration in 2013, and the tent chautauqua and art fair returns by popular demand as an all-day event. Activities highlight the bygone traditions of bringing theatrical and educational experiences to rural America.
The event will showcase chautauqua events that were popular in Vevay from 1905 through the early 1930s, the Switzerland County Museums website said. Activities begin at 10 a.m. with artisan booths around the grounds with the chautauqua speakers beginning at 2 p.m.
Speakers will include Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, portrayed by Jeff Kuehl, a fiery suffragette and "Dr. Balthasar's Marvelous Medicine Show" by Mike Follin under the big-top tent.
Dance, music and mirth also will be featured throughout the event. An "Open Mike" will be hosted from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for acoustic music, poetry and dramatic vignettes.
The event is free for visitors, but donations are accepted.
For more information about the tent chautauqua and art fair, contact the Switzerland County Historical Museum at (812) 427-3560.
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