Madison’s Lanier Days June 18-19

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Celebrate the life and culture of early Victorian-era Madison, Indiana, with thundering cannons!

Lanier Days — Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 — features mock Civil War battles, a travelling medicine man show, artisans demonstrating 19th century trades, children’s activities, interesting historical talks, Victorian food preservation techniques and period music.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students. Children 3 years old and under are free. Supporting sponsors for the 2011 Lanier Days include the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art and the Jefferson County Civil War Roundtable.

“We are excited to add the Dr. Thelonious Balthasar traveling medicine man show to our event this year,” said Anne Fairchild, eastern region program manager. “Mike Follin is very entertaining as a snake oil salesman who claims his elixir can cure everything from a common cold to a death of two weeks standing,” she added.

Several Civil War re-enactor groups, including the 35th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, the 6th Kentucky Infantry, the Vernon Greys, the 6th Indiana Infantry and the Nelson Artillery Company, have agreed to participate in this year’s event.

Besides an encampment, the re-enactors will fire artillery on the hour and hold a mock battle on both days. The battle will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. A remembrance ceremony to honor all those who served in the Civil War from Jefferson County will kick-off the event at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Jefferson County Civil War memorial on the Visitor Center Plaza.

The Historic Trades Fair will again be a part of this year’s event. Visitors will enjoy interacting with artisans on the Lanier Mansion grounds demonstrating such 19th century trades as soap-making, blacksmithing, window construction, woodworking and plastering.

Activities for children include a carpenter’s apprentice area where children will be able to use a hand-plane; make wooden pegs and rope; and play with old-time games, toys and a chair puzzle. Civil War re-enactors will also explain their weapons, uniforms and flags to children. All children’s activities will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday.