There’s always something new going on at Conner Prairie, Indiana’s only Smithsonian affiliate. This weekend, the interactive history park will celebrate the Hoosier state’s culture, roots, and traditions through music, storytelling, and food. This year’s festival will feature German and Mexican cultures.
The festival is this weekend, June 5 & 6, Saturday and Sunday.
If you visit the park in Fishers, IN, you can sample ethnic food from a wide variety of cultures: German, Mexican, Greek, Asian, and Caribbean fare. You can participate in a cultural scavenger hunt and try to win prizes, or even watch an 1886 baseball game. (I have watched some of these throwback baseball games when I lived up in Kosciusko County, and they’re kind of interesting. The players don’t wear mitts, and the balls are heavier.)
You can also visit homes in 1836 Prairietown and sample 19th-century German food, hear German folklore, play games with German roots, and listen to residents play the fiddle and dulcimer.
Festival activities will also include a beer and wine tent, the debut of the Indiana Humanities Council Food for Thought traveling exhibit (something I’ll be covering on this blog soon), a chance to trace your genealogy, and meet world-renowned artistic and musical director of the acclaimed Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Dr. David Baker.
Dr. Baker will also hold a jazz clinic called “Jazz Greats of Indianapolis” on Saturday, June 5 at 1:15. He will play recordings from some of the great jazz musicians who have come from Indianapolis and then take questions the audience. He will also be available for n autograph session between 2:00 – 3:00 at the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings tent.
Other entertainment will includes the R&B/funk soul six-piece band Downstroke, the gospel choir from Eastern Star Church, the African percussion Griot Drum ensemble, Irish Airs, Native-American flute ensemble Shilombish and the Indiana Caledonia Pipe Band.
Your kids can meet Maya and Miguel Santos from the PBS television show Maya and Miguel from 12 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 6. You can also enter for a chance to win a VIP 1859 Balloon Voyage with Maya and Miguel.
Tickets to the Indiana Festival is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors 65+, $9 for youth (ages two -12) and free for members and youth under two. You can get a Buy One, Get One coupon to save some money as well.
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