Chautauqua Festival of Art
years festival will
feature 250 quality artisans
includes gospel, jazz, blues
Mansion North Lawn
11-noon: Soundz Of Saxophones (Quartet/Saxophone
Noon - 1 p.m.: Soundz Of Dixieland (Dixieland Jazz)
1-2 p.m.: Never Too Late Praise Band (Christian
2-3 p.m.: Jay Fox (Country)
3-4:45 p.m.: North Madison Christian Church Praise
Band (Christian Contemporary/Rock)
the Presbyterian Church (First Street and Broadway)
1-2 p.m. & 3-4 p.m.: The Boys of County Nashville
(Irish Traditional Music)
the Broadway Fountain
7-9 p.m.: The Doctors Band (Music in the
Mansion North Lawn
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: The Chestnuts (Folk Music)
1:30-2:45 p.m.: Common Ground (Bluegrass Music)
2:45-4 p.m.: James White & Deer Creek (Bluegrass
12:30 - 1:30 pm Jazz Indiana Jazz Music
and Sunday Strolling and Stationary Performers
Lewis Mathis Music Contemporary
Light Rock Elm St. &
Paul Kelly Performing Clown/Juggling
Mike Hoffman Bagpipes
Rob House Quartet Light Jazz
Broadway and Vaughn Drive
Emily Ann Thompson Celtic Fiddle
Russell Donnellon Classical
Guitarist Vine St. & Vaughn Drive
Michelet Innocent Classical
Love Songs Broadway & First Street
(September 2009) The 39th annual Madison
Chautauqua Festival of Art will add a Bicentennial flavor to
its show this year to mark the citys 200-year history.
A new riverfront overlook sponsored by the Chautauqua is being
constructed at the foot of Vine Street just west of the Lanier
Mansion and is expected to be open by festival time, Sept. 26-27.
Also, the Madison Chautauqua limited edition poster will have
a Bicentennial appeal.
The two-day event is Madisons largest festival at an estimated
50,000 people, according to festival coordinator Georgie Kelly.
Booths are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and include
a riverfront food court, childrens activity tent, live
entertainment at Lanier Mansion North Lawn, roving entertainers
and a Saturday night free outdoor concert from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
by The Doctors Band at the Broadway Fountain. The latter
concert is part of the Music in the Park summer concert series
sponsored by the Madison Main Street Program.
This year, entertainment, including Indianapolis-based Jazz
Indiana and Hall of Fame musician Lawrence Clark, will take
place on the patio of the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center at
601 W. First St. Other new entertainers include The Boys of
Country Nashville from Nashville, Tenn., and strolling Celtic
fiddler Emily Ann Thompson. Many regular music groups will return,
including gospel, bluegrass and jazz bands, plus many strolling
This years show will feature 250 juried artisans from
around the country who set up on the streets of downtown Madison
between Poplar and Vine streets.
Many exhibitors return each year, but Kelly said she likes to
have some new exhibitors to keep the show fresh.
After the nations recent market crash and economic recession,
Kelly has seen many regular artisans missing from this years
show, she told the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
board during its August monthly meeting. Some had to get jobs
to pay their bills, while others credited the cost of travel
during these tough economic times. Although sales have suffered
at such shows this year across the country, Kelly said her committee
is doing everything possible to help keep sales strong for vendors
at the Chautauaqua.
by Don Ward
new column sponsored by the
Madison Chautauqua has recently
been erected at the Madison
Riverfront. The committee donated
$6,000 in 2004 for the column and
another $1,000 in 2005 to the
Riverfront Development Committee.
In 2007, the show had 275 exhibitor booths. Last
years show dropped to 250 and is expected to remain there
this year. She had 245 exhibitors signed up as of late August.
Kelly said she has re-organized the show layout to make up for
the lost vendors. We want the show to appear tight; not
to look like there are booths missing. Thats why we redesigned
Kelly, who recently received a $2,000 raise from the CVB to
$26,500 to organize and run the festival, said she had reached
her goal of raising $9,000 in local business sponsorships, despite
the poor state of the economy. The money helps the committee
offset its cost to run the show.
Kelly has served as the Chautauqua coordinator for 12 years,
from 1993-1994 and from 2000 to present. She also worked as
a consultant and volunteer for another five years for a total
of 18 years.
Kelly said local graphic designer Troy Seel has again designed
the T-shirt logo and Heitz Sign Co. will produce the T-shirts.
Hanover, Ind., artist Lawrence Rudolech has created the limited
edition poster, which features a scene of Rogers Corner restaurant
and the newly erected Bicentennial mural. The mural, created
in separate panels by a group of local artists for the Madison
Bicentennial, was mounted on the outside west wall of Rogers
Corner during a June 8 ceremony.
Instead of the usual 250 limited edition posters, the Chautauqua
committee this year will print only 200 posters, Kelly said.
The price has increased from $45 to $50. Rudolech is scheduled
to take part in a poster signing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday,
Sept. 8, at the Madison Art Gallery, 301 E. Main St. The prints,
along with T-shirts and sweatshirts, also will be on sale at
the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center, 601 W. First St. This year,
those who purchase a poster also will receive a mini version
of the Bicentennial mural.
The Chautauqua committee will unveil the original Rogers Corner
mural painting at 5 p.m. Sept. 1 at Madison City Hall, where
it will hang in the Council Chamber.
Each year, the Madison Chautauqua
coincides with the annual Old Court Days, a flea market and
arts and crafts fair organized by the nonprofit Pilot Club of
Madison. That event takes place around the Jefferson County
Courthouse and extends to the city parking lot on Second and
Jefferson streets. Old Court Days is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday
Because of the May fire at the courthouse, Old
Court Days exhibitor booths had to be moved farther south down
Jefferson Street toward the river last May. But the Pilot Clubs
Dee Gauger reports that booths will return to their usual places
around the Courthouse for the fall event. The show averages
about 115 exhibitors, she said, and includes several food vendors
and a few community groups selling food and drinks.
The annual Friends of the Library
Book Sale at the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library also
takes place that weekend at 420 W. Main St. Sponsored by the
Friends of the Library group, the event is a fundraiser for
library projects and features books, magazines, videotapes,
CDs and other literature for sale, some new and some used.
A fourth event held that weekend in
downtown Madison is Lanthier Winerys Harvest Celebration,
held on the grounds of the winery at 123 Mill St. The winery
and restaurant, operated by Chris Lanthier and Tammy Hagemier,
will feature arts and crafts booths and free wine tastings.
Various other churches, fire departments
and nonprofit organizations hold bakes sales, fish fries and
yard sales during Chautauqua weekend to take advantage of the
large crowd visiting downtown Madison.
Both the Madison Trolley and the citys
Catch-A-Ride van transportation service operate throughout the
weekend. The Catch-A-Ride will ferry visitors to and from the
parking lot at the Madison Consolidated High School. The trolley
will transport passengers up and down Main Street.