43rd Annual Lewisburg Arts Festival
April in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, means it's time for the 43rd annual Lewisburg Arts Festival. This year's festival again runs for two weeks, beginning April 27 and continuing through May 12. The two weeks are filled with something special for people of all ages.
The highlight of the two-week festival is the Market Street Arts Show held on Saturday, April 28. The Market Street Show includes over 100 juried artists in all mediums, displaying their works throughout historic, downtown Lewisburg. The town will be filled with performing artists as well. On every corner and in between will be musical acts, dancers and more. Of course what would a fun festival be without great food? Saturday will be no exception, with food for every taste from one end of town to the other. Soldiers' Park will be transformed into the Interactive Arts Park and host to new hands-on activities, especially designed for children, including a petting zoo. Shuttle bus transportation will be available all day from the old Wal-Mart parking lot to downtown.
The festivities actually begin Friday evening, April 27 with three exhibits. The Indoor Art Exhibit, a juried show for adult artists and the Scholastic Arts Exhibit, with artists from over 20 high schools, will be held at the Packwood House Museum, 15 N. Water St. The Photography Exhibit, a juried show of amateur photographers, will take place at the Lewisburg Studio, 425 Market St.
The Arts Festival only begins with the Market Show Arts Festival. It continues for two weeks with four, varied arts workshops, and Lewisburg Live!, live bands in venues throughout downtown Lewisburg on Saturday, May 12.
Side Show is a Tony-nominated musical, which played on Broadway in 1998 and has had a loyal cult following ever since. It tells the story of real life Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who overcame a lifetime of pain to go on to become one of the most successful acts in all of Vaudeville history. Along the way, they learn about life, love and how in the end it all comes down to who’s by your side.
Financing the Civil War: Small Change-Big Debt
The Wayne County Historical Society, in celebration of the anniversary of the American Civil War, is bringing together, for the first time, collections of financial papers and currency from collectors throughout the Midwest. This exhibit will illustrate how governments from both sides of the war dealt with the issues of supporting a major war, paying troupes and buying supplies. Also included in this exhibit will be materials illustrating how local citizens coped with the lack of small change, an issue that plagued both the north and south throughout the conflict. The most complete collection of Wayne County merchant tokens ever assembled will be on display, as well as the first "green back" note and Confederate bonds. Even counterfeit notes will be on display.
Hours: Friday & Saturday 1:30-4 pm
Groups arranged by appointment at other times.
Historic, Paranormal, Photo Tours and Ghost Hunts
Tour a Living Monument~ the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is located in Weston, WV. Formerly known as the Weston State Hospital, this West Virginia facility served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill in the mid-1800’s. The history of the building holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, a gold robbery, the "curative" effects of architecture, and the efforts of determined individuals to help better the lives of the mentally ill. Tour this nationally recognized landmark and see how it left a lasting impression on local and national history. Daily heritage tours are available for both small and large groups.The Asylum has had apparition sightings, unexplainable voices and sounds, and other paranormal activity reported in the past by guests, staff, SyFy's Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters Academy and the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures. Step back in time and see how the mentally insane lived, and died, within these walls. Schedule a ghost haunt or tour...
Thousands have been committed to the asylum over the years, and hundreds unfortunately died here. Decide for yourself if they’re still occupying the historic wards and treatment rooms.