A weekend of the arts

A street lined with booths at Madison's Chautauqua.
A street lined with booths at Madison’s Chautauqua.

This past weekend was an absolute blast. Between the Chautauqua Festival in Madison, Ind., and rehearsal for a theater performance, this weekend was filled with the arts and couldn’t have been better.

This last Saturday and Sunday was the annual Chautauqua Festival. It’s a big event every year on the third weekend of September, and people come from all over Indiana and Kentucky to experience it.

Just like most other fairs, it had booths and food and music. There were people selling handmade arts and crafts and even some practical things. There was fair food, discounts in the restaurants and stores, and just a ton of people enjoying the town of Madison and the riverfront.

This was my first year going and actually my first fair in Madison (there are a lot, apparently), and it was really cool to see that many people enjoying the town.

The poster for the play coming up this weekend.
The poster for the play coming up this weekend.

Sunday was a busy day as well. If you’ve read my other posts you’ll know I’m very involved with theater. Right now, there are rehearsals going on for two separate shows.

For the one this coming weekend, I have an acting part, and for the one at the end of the month, I’ll be working on the tech crew. This past Sunday was rehearsal for the next show, “The People, Yes,” by Carl Sandburg.

This show actually isn’t so much a play as it is a large poem interpretation. It’s about the strength of people, and how even though we have faults, we always seem to pull through.

It’s very optimistic and packs a lot of stuff into an hour-long show. This week has been hectic so far and will only keep getting better till opening night Friday at 7:30 p.m.

We’re only four weeks into the school year, and a lot has already begun to happen in our tight-knit Hanover College community and in the Hanover-Madison area as a whole. It’s nice to get back into the swing of things.

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