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June 2, 2018
10:00 am: Plantation Cooking Techniques and Book Talk with Michael Twitty at Montpelier
June 2, 2018 –
June 2 10 AM-4 PM
Michael W. Twitty, a noted culinary and cultural historian and the creator of Africulinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacies, will bring the South Yard alive demonstrating cooking techniques and discussing how food moved from garden to table during plantation community life in the Madison era. In his James Beard award-winning memoir The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, Twitty takes the reader through his ancestral culinary history, sifting through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents; and visits Civil War battlefields in Virginia, synagogues in Alabama, and black-owned organic farms in Georgia. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep: the power of food to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together. Free!
Cooking demonstration 10 AM-2 PM in the South Yard adjacent to the House. Book talk and signing 3 PM at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center. www.montpelier.org/events
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June 16, 2018
10:00 am: Juneteenth Celebration at James Madison's Montpelier
June 16, 2018 –
June 16 10 AM-4 PM
Join us for Juneteenth 2018 at Montpelier as we honor our ancestors and celebrate African American history, food, music, faith, family, and freedom! The day begins at 10 AM with a traditional libation ceremony at the slave cemetery, followed by a drum procession to the main tent at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center. Enjoy historical reenactors, including the Hampton Roads Buffalo Riders, open hearth cooking with Leni Sorensen, and Women of the Civil War; Live music, including Adwela & the Uprising and Odyssey of Soul with Horace Scruggs; Walking tours and wagon rides; Vendors; Hands-on history activities; Buffet lunch by Barbeque Exchange; and more. Co-sponsored by the Orange County African American Historical Society and The Arts Center in Orange. All Juneteenth activities free. House tours offered for $11/adults; $5/kids 6-14. Buffet lunch $14/adults; $7/kids, or bring your own picnic. www.montpelier.org/events/2nd-annual-juneteenth-celebration-at-james-madison-s-montpelier
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June 23, 2018
1:00 pm: Architecture Tour at James Madison's Montpelier
June 23, 2018 –
June 23 at 1 PM
Montpelier's architecture walking tours offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes examination of how our architectural historians restore and reconstruct significant structures. June 23: "The Reconstruction of the South Yard" - Learn about the research behind the buildings, how they were constructed using traditional building techniques, and how they were used by the enslaved community. $10/adults; $4/kids 6-14. Registration required. www.montpelier.org/events/four-tours-highlight-architectural-restorations-around-the-property
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June 29, 2018
6:00 pm: It's Finally Friday! Concerts in the Park
June 29, 2018 –
It may not seem like it right now, but we promise warm weather is on it's way; before you know it, Summer will be here! As usual, we have some great music events planned for you and your family to enjoy. These family-friendly concerts are FREE and will feature a variety of musical styles as well as local talent. Not only do we have great music scheduled at these events, but we have lots of activities to keep the kids entertained.
So, come out and socialize with friends, spend time with family, and enjoy some really great live music. There will be plenty of room for children to run and play in our Kids Zone area.
Catch The Chef will be on-site selling some yummy meals along with S and S Carnival Foods selling Funnel Cakes, Fried Oreo's, Fried Twinkies, Fried Cheesecake and Italian Ice!
There will also be a Beer Garden hosted by the Mineral Fire Department Auxiliary for those adults over 21 (must show ID).
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and join us for an evening of guaranteed fun for the family! Everyone is sure to have a great time!
May 25th performance by: Southern Velocity Band with Guest Stars: Gary and Richard Courtney
June 29th performance by: Premiere Band
July 20th performance by: Billy & the Backbeats
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