Lore of the Laughery, the May 4-5 weekend about Indiana’s history from 1750-1812, takes place at the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association grounds, State Road 62, Friendship. The GPS location is 7436 S. County Road 575 E., Versailles.
Leslie Martin Conwell, NMLRA American history events coordinator, suggests, “Experience these colorful stories as they are told through the pageantry of recreated military units, working livestock, traditional artisans, entertainers, fife and drum corps and encampments.”
Saturday hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Daily activities: 9 a.m., candle dipping, Living History Center Gate Arena; 10, opening ceremonies, Living History Center Gate Arena; 10:30, 18th century children’s games and children’s costumes try-on, Living History Center Gate Arena, and Indiana Territorial Horse Rangers, Battlefield Arena; 1 p.m., team shoot, shooting range; Junior Archaeologist activity for children, Blockhouse Arena; 2, fife and drum corps music, Blockhouse Arena.
More Saturday activities: noon, Daniel Boone interpretation by Steve Caudill, Blockhouse Arena; 2:30, “Mad Anne Bailey, Frontier Heroine,” Blockhouse Arena; 3:30, frontier life and militia historical presentation, Blockhouse Arena; 4, children’s bead stringing activity, Living History Center Gate Arena; 5, closing ceremonies, Living History Center Gate Arena.
More Sunday activities: 8:30 a.m., church service, Blockhouse Arena; noon, period fashion show, Blockhouse Arena; 2:30, Lochry’s Defeat Talk, Blockhouse Arena; 3, frontier life and militia historical presentation, Blockhouse Arena; 3:30, children’s bead stringing activity, Living History Center Gate Arena; 4, closing ceremonies, Living History Center Gate Arena.
The event is sponsored by NMLRA, Friendship State Bank and the Ripley County Tourism Bureau. This activity is made possible, in part, by the Columbus Area Arts Council; Indiana Arts Commission; and National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Daily admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children 4-12.
Details are available at www.nmlra.org or 812-667-5131.