On the last full weekend of each year — September 26 & 27 — thousands of art lovers and festival goers descend on Madison, Indiana for the Madison Chataqua Festival of Art. This juried fine arts and crafts show will have about 275 exhibitors displaying their water colors, pottery, wood carvings, metal work, jewelry, and sculpture.
The festival will also feature continuous live entertainment, food along the riverfront, and a concert on Saturday night in the Park.
Madison is right on State Road 56, which wends its way along the Ohio River. It’s about two hours south of Indianapolis, off I-65. Its downtown is designated a National Landmark Historic District, and it has been called “the prettiest small town in the Midwest” by Ladies Home Journal.
If you’re a fan of Indiana art festivals and shows, be sure to visit the Madison Chataqua website to search their database of artists to see if your favorites will be there.
Saturday – September 26, 2009
Lanier Home (North Lawn) Performance
11-12 Noon Soundz Of Saxophones – Variety of Saxophone Music
Noon-1pm Soundz Of Dixieland – Dixieland Jazz
1-2pm Never Too Late Praise Band – Christian Contemporary
2-3pm Jay Fox – Country
3-4:45pm North Madison Christian Church Praise Band – Christian Contemporary and 60s/70s Rock
Madison Presbyterian Church Performance (202 Broadway)
1-2pm and 3-4pm The Boys of County Nashville – Irish Traditional Music
Music in the Park (Fountain on Broadway)
7-9pm The Doctors’ Band – Mix of Classic Rock, Blues and Soul Music
Sunday – September 27, 2009
Lanier Home Performance (North Lawn)
11:30am-12:30pm The Chestnuts – Folk Music
1:30-2:45pm Common Ground – Bluegrass
2:45-4pm James White & Deer Creek – Bluegrass
Vine Street Plaza Performance (Vine & First Street)
12:30-1:30pm Jazz Indiana – Jazz Music
Saturday & Sunday – September 26 and 27, 2009
Strolling and Stationary Performances throughout Venue
Lewis Mathis Music – Light Contemporary Rock (Elm Street and Vaughn Drive)
Paul Kelly – Performing Clown/Juggler (Strolling, Sunday only)
Mike Hoffman – Bagpipes (Strolling)
Rob House Quartet – Light Jazz (Broadway and Vaughn Drive)
Emily Ann Thompson – Celtic Fiddle (Strolling)
Russell Donnellon – Classical Guitarist (Vine Street and Vaughn Drive)
Michelet Innocent – Classical Love Songs (Broadway and First Streets)