5/28/2018 11:18:00 AM Grand Levee at Vandalia Statehouse June 15-16
VANDALIA — The Vandalia Grande Levee, a celebration of the grand receptions held during the 1800s to honor government dignitaries and important visitors, will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, at the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site, located at 315 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia. The family event is free and open to the public.
Festivities will begin on Friday, June 15 at 5:00 p.m. with an Old-Fashioned Ham and Bean Dinner, with homemade ice cream also available, on the Statehouse lawn. Lincoln reenactor Randy Duncan will be on hand, and Statehouse tours will be given until 8:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of folk music with Chris Vallillo on the Statehouse lawn from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
On Saturday, June 16, the Grande Levee continues with period arts and crafts demonstrations at the Statehouse from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., including blacksmithing, pottery, and broom making. Homemade root beer, kettle korn, pork burgers, and BBQ pork and nachos will be sold. Performances throughout the day will feature Lincoln reenactor Randy Duncan, the “Professor Farquhar & Polecat Annie Medicine Show,” and the Kahok Dancers.
The Grande Levee is co-sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society, Old Capitol Foundation, Looking for Lincoln, and the Vandalia Tourism Commission.