We know how to throw a party! We’ve been doing this since 1809….there is ALWAYS something to do when you come to Madison. There are home tours, music events, garden tours, holiday events, arts/crafts shows, 5Ks, car shows, food & wine tastings – just to name a few.

Our largest events include RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival, Madison Regatta, Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues, Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew Festival and Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes.

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October 2018

Historic Belle of Louisville Sunset Cruise

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15

Historic Belle of Louisville 2018 Sunset Cruise! Cruise 7pm-8:30pm, boarding at 6:30pm. TICKET PRICES (per person): $15/ adults and seniors $9/child ages 4-12 Advance reservations are recommended. This cruise sells out early. For more information or to make a reservation: Call 502-574-2992 or (toll free) 866-832-0011 or check out www.belleoflouisville.org   https://starling.crowdriff.com/js/crowdriff.js

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Fourth Friday Downtown

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until November 23, 2018

Main Street Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Participating stores have extended hours, great shopping, awesome restaurants, family activities, live music, and FREE trolley rides. 5-8/9pm 812-493-4984

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REIMAGINE MADISON

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - October 28 @ 6:00 pm
Main Street Parking Lot, 226 West Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free

REIMAGINE PLAYBILL Cornerstone Society's REIMAGINE MADISON THREE NIGHTS ONLY. Re-imagine Main Street in Madison, Indiana as it once was with this unique 3-Day event. Visualize each of the 3 significant buildings that once stood in the parking lot on Main Street. Photographers, painters, and musicians will capture the essense in their own style each day.   FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26th | MADISON THEATRE FOURTH FRIDAY! Silent movies, artists, music. Experience the Main Street Parking Lot as it was - Madison’s Main Entertainment…

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Lanier/Madison Ghost Walk

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$7 – $15

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site will conduct ghost walks beginning at 7 p.m. that will start at the Lanier/Madison Visitor Center.  The first stop on the walk will be the Lanier Mansion itself.  A costumed guide will recount some of the ghost stories related to Lanier as the guests walk throughout the home, including its eerie basement.  Then, the group will take to the streets of downtown Madison and stop outside several locations that are rumored to be haunted. The…

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Ghost Walk

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$7 – $15

SOLD OUT. Lanier Mansion State Historic Site will conduct ghost walks beginning at 7 p.m. that will start at the Lanier/Madison Visitor Center.  The first stop on the walk will be the Lanier Mansion itself.  A costumed guide will recount some of the ghost stories related to Lanier as the guests walk throughout the home, including its eerie basement.  Then, the group will take to the streets of downtown Madison and stop outside several locations that are rumored to be…

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World Renown Performance: Pianist Kirill Gliadkovsky

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Madison Presbyterian Church, 202 Broadway Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free

Madison Performing Arts Foundation will host the world renown Russian Pianist, Kirill Gliadkovsky. Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. at the Madison Presbyterian Church. Gliadkovsky will be performing a program called A Viennese Salon Concert consisting of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert. Josef Woodard, a critic at the Los Angeles Times, wrote: "...the intensity and a nicely honed musicality left the audience stunned...enthralling...all in all, a gripping and masterful performance" Madison Performing Arts Foundation annual concert series is supported…

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Red, White and Boo!

October 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brown Gym, 100 Broadway St
Madison, 47250 United States
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Free

Free, safe community Halloween Party. Treat bags, games and activities for kids of all ages. For more info 812-265-8300

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November 2018

An Evening with the Hoosier Songbook

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by Nov 1st. Join us for An Evening with the Hoosier Songbook featuring compositions by Indiana-born composers Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Albert Von Tilzer and Paul Dresser, as well as a few of performer Tom Roznowski's original songs. Roznowski will be singing and sharing stories on both the compositions and the songwriters. This event is FREE, but donations are encouraged. Reservations are REQUIRED by Nov. 1 and can be made by calling (812) 273-0556. This event is open…

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Indiana Wine Trail Fall Haul

November 3 - November 4
Free

11am-5pm.  Tour all seven Southeast Indiana Wineries, food and wine pairings. For more info 888-473-6500

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Veteran’s Day Program

November 8 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

This program recognizes those who have served and are serving in attendance at Brown Gym. Enjoy songs and dancing from different eras. For more information call (812) 265-4758.

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Downtown Holiday Open House

November 9 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Street Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map
Free

Main Street's Signature Event!  Elaborate holiday displays, new releases of holiday items, special promotions, and goodies for customers. For more info 812-493-4984

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Deal with the Dealer

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Deal with the Dealer at the Annual Christmas Open House! 1,000's of items available! 9am-6pm at Lumber Mill Antique Mall and Persnickety Antiques & Flea Market. Get the best deal in town! Call 812-273-3040 for details. Look for the ORANGE balloons! Lumber Mill Antique Mall 721 W. First Street Madison, IN 47250 Persnickety Antiques & Flea Market 215 Lagrange Road Hanover, IN 47243  

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Behind the Scenes Tour

November 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$5 – $12

Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children(3-17) , 812-265-3526 There will not be a standard 4 p.m. tour.

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Deck the Halls

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free

Learn the "how to" of holiday splendor and tree trimming during this interactive event.  Pre-release holiday wine access. For more info 812-273-2409

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Baroque Ensemble

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Trinity Methodist Church, 412 W. Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free

Baroque Ensemble - Recorder, Violins, Cello & Harpsichord Ralph & Theodora Morris and Tess Remy-Schumacher from the University of Central Oklahoma, with perform a program of early music on historic instruments. They will talk about the unique quality of these early instruments and play works by Vivaldi, Loeillet, Handel, and Fasch. They will be joined by Madison musician, Starla Raley, at the harpsichord. Friday, November 16th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Trinity Methodist Church, 412 West Main St., Madison, IN Free -…

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Deck the Halls

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free

Learn the "how to" of holiday splendor and tree trimming during this interactive event.  Pre-release holiday wine access. For more info 812-273-2409

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Festival of Trees & Host of Angels

November 23 - December 31
Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free

10am-6pm November 23 - December 31 The Midwest's largest collection of Holiday angels are showcased during the Festival of Trees. For more info 812-273-2409

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Spirit of the Season

November 23 @ 10:00 am - December 31 @ 6:00 pm
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An event every year that begins at 10:00am on of January, repeating until December 31, 2018

Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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FREE ADMISSION

Lanthier Winery's much anticipated holiday wine release. Rudolph Red, Snowflake White and St. Nick Blush arrive! This event runs through New Year's Eve. For more information 812-273-2409 or info@lanthierwinery.com

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Nights Great Cookie Caper!

November 23 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Madison Visitor’s Center, 601 W. First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Fridays and Saturdays tour weekends, at the Visitors Center.  Purchase homemade cookies and sweet treats WHILE THEY LAST!  All proceeds benefit local charity.

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Fourth Friday Downtown

November 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until November 23, 2018

Main Street Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Participating stores have extended hours, great shopping, awesome restaurants, family activities, live music, and FREE trolley rides. 5-8/9pm 812-493-4984

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Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

November 23 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Downtown, Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$20

Fridays 5-9pm and Saturdays 3-9pm.  Celebrate the Christmas season while touring public sites and historic private homes. Adult tickets $20, children (5-12) $5.  Sponsored by the Visit Madison, 800/559-2956 or 812/265-2956. Pre-sale tickets $15 for adults (this price ends 2 weeks before the first night of the tour). For groups of 20 or more call 812-265-2956 or 800-559-2956  for discount pricing. Online and phone orders are subject to a $1 handling fee per ticket

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Nights Great Cookie Caper!

November 24 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Madison Visitor’s Center, 601 W. First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Fridays and Saturdays tour weekends, at the Visitors Center.  Purchase homemade cookies and sweet treats WHILE THEY LAST!  All proceeds benefit local charity.

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Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

November 24 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Downtown, Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$20

Fridays 5-9pm and Saturdays 3-9pm.  Celebrate the Christmas season while touring public sites and historic private homes. Adult tickets $20, children (5-12) $5.  Sponsored by the Visit Madison, 800/559-2956 or 812/265-2956. Pre-sale tickets $15 for adults (this price ends 2 weeks before the first night of the tour). For groups of 20 or more call 812-265-2956 or 800-559-2956  for discount pricing.   Online and phone orders are subject to a $1 handling fee per ticket

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Light Up Madison (Sat 11/24)

November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Broadway Fountain Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

6pm at Historic Broadway Fountain.  Bring your family and join the community in lighting up Madison at the huge City Christmas Tree, listen to music provided by Trinity United Methodist and see Santa! Caroling & Cookies at the Madison Library from 5-6PM. Start the holiday season in Madison. For more info 812-493-4984   (Note: this event was switched to Saturday to follow "Small Business Saturday" on Main Street.)

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Holiday Magic at the Mansion

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$30.00

Experience a night of magic in the mansion. This event will be a show by magician Richard E. Darshwood, an interactive entertainer with quite literally, a few tricks up his sleeve. His performance will take place in the Lanier Mansion's Double Parlor. There will be a cocktail hour while he does table side tricks during the mingling portion of the event, as well as a full sit down performance. Guests will also have a chance to walk through the mansion…

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Nights Great Cookie Caper!

November 30 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Madison Visitors Center, 601 W. First St.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Fridays and Saturdays tour weekends, at the Visitors Center.  Purchase homemade cookies and sweet treats WHILE THEY LAST!  All proceeds benefit local charity.

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Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

November 30 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Downtown, Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$20

Fridays 5-9pm and Saturdays 3pm-9pm.  Celebrate the Christmas season while touring public sites and historic private homes. Adult tickets $20, children (5-12) $5. Sponsored by the VisitMadison, Inc., 800/559-2956 or 812/265-2956. Pre-sale tickets $15 for adults (this price ends 2 weeks before the first night of the tour. For groups of 20 or more call 812-265-2956 or 800-559-2956  for discount pricing. Online and phone orders are subject to a $1 handling fee per ticket

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December 2018

Christmas Craft Show

December 1 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Brown Gym, 100 Broadway St
Madison, 47250 United States
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Free

Annual Christmas show featuring hand-crafted decorations and gifts, plus food and a live music performance by Madison Community Band featuring Christmas music. For more info 812-265-4758.

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Madison Handmade Market

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Little Golden Fox, 602 W. Main St.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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10am-5pm   A juried shopping experience featuring a variety of goods by local artisans at Little Golden Fox. for more info 812-274-1080

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A Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade

December 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Street Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map
Free

Join amazing floats, Cincinnati Circus, marching bands, favorite characters, and giant helium balloons as they usher in the season! Main St., Jefferson to Mill. For more information contact pkelsey@madison.k12.in.us Presented by Arvin Sango.

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Nights Great Cookie Caper!

December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Madison Visitors Center, 601 W. First St.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Fridays and Saturdays tour weekends, at the Visitors Center.  Purchase homemade cookies and sweet treats WHILE THEY LAST!  All proceeds benefit local charity.

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Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

December 1 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Downtown, Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$20

Fridays 5-9pm and Saturdays 3-9pm.  Celebrate the Christmas season while touring public sites and historic private homes. Adult tickets $20, children (5-12) $5.  Sponsored by the Visit Madison, 800/559-2956 or 812/265-2956. Pre-sale tickets $15 for adults (this price ends 2 weeks before the first night of the tour) Online and phone orders are subject to a $1 handling fee per ticket. For groups of 20 or more call 812-265-2956 or 800-559-2956  for discount pricing.

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Sugarplum Celebration

December 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free

12pm-2pm  A "sweet holiday vision" dancing with complimentary samples of fudge, cookies, candies and sugarplums.  Families welcome. For more info 812-273-2409

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Behind the Scenes Tour

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$5 – $12

Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies. Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children(3-17) , 812-265-3526 There will not be a standard 4 p.m. tour.

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Lanier Christmas Open House

December 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$3 – $5

Guests have the opportunity to explore the Lanier Mansion decorated for the holiday season. The tours are not guided but docents and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. On display will be the "Santa Claus Letter," an artifact found in the fireplace and written by one of the Lanier children. Light concessions will be available at the Visitors Center and the gift shop will be fully stocked for Christmas purchases. There will be a letters to Santa writing…

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New Year’s Eve at Clifty Inn

December 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am
Clifty Inn, 1314 Clifty Hollow Road
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$140

Ring in the New Year with Clifty Inn and the Falls Restaurant! $140 per couple or $275 for an overnight package. For more info 812-265-4135 or hhall@dnr.in.gov

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February 2019

Madison Community Players: Dead to the Last Drop

February 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Elks Lodge, 1251 W. Main St. United States + Google Map
$30

Dead To the Last Drop by  Ken Jones By Special Arrangement with Heuer Publishing, LLC Dead to the Last Drop is a hilarious interactive murder mystery that takes place in a coffeehouse and bookstore called “Café Caffeine.” The crazy cast of characters leads the audience through a maze of funny twists and turns. Opportunities for audience and cast interaction reach a peak when the audience is allowed to vote on the ending that they want to hear! There are four…

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March 2019

Girl’s Weekend!

March 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Historic Downtown, Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Gather together for a weekend of fun in beautiful downtown Madison, In. For more info visit www.madisonmainstreet.com

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May 2019

Madison in Bloom

May 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - May 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
The History Center, 615 West First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$20.00

Spring garden tour, featuring beautiful and unique private gardens with the historic district. Biennial tour held in odd years. Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12pm-4pm. $20, 812-265-2335

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Madison Community Players: Don’t Talk To the Actors

May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Livery Stable, 313 Broadway Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$10

Don’t Talk To the Actors a comedy by Tom Dudzick By Special Arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com) The best laid plans go awry when the cast and crew of a Broadway-bound play resort to manipulation, diva-like behavior, and chaotic abandon to get what they want. Fledgling playwright Jerry Przpezniak and his fiancee are a couple of Buffalo greenhorns suddenly swept up in the whirlwind of New York's theater scene when Jerry's play is optioned for the big money, ego-driven world…

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Madison in Bloom

May 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - May 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
The History Center, 615 West First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$20

Spring garden tour, featuring beautiful and unique private gardens within the historic district. Biennial tour held in odd years. Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12pm-4pm. $20, 812-265-2335

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July 2019

American Duchess Visit

July 14, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Madison’s Riverfront, Vaugh Drive
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Take a stroll on Madison, Indiana's beautiful riverfront and enjoy the sights of the American Duchess Steamboat docked on our shores. 8:00-5:00 pm (No public access) The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America's heartland. The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues,…

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American Duchess Visit

July 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Madison’s Riverfront, Vaugh Drive
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Take a stroll on Madison, Indiana's beautiful riverfront and enjoy the sights of the American Duchess Steamboat docked on our shores. 8:00-5:00 pm (No public access) The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America's heartland. The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues,…

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