New to CWD in 2012: "Step up, step up! Right this way to the Medicine Show! A time to be amazed, be amused and have all of your cares, worries, aches and pains disappear! The Medicine Show has come to YOUR town! And so the call goes out. Something so unique to America and Canada-combine the quack doctors of the old world with the circus of the new, and look out! The Medicine Show was born! Please don't worry, we aren't going to try to solve your problems with some scurrilous medicine! Certainly not! Ours is totally above board! Why, if you use OUR medicine, your Husbands will be smarter! Wives will be prettier! Children will be quieter! Mules will be stronger! Cows will be contenteder! Chickens will be...well, chickener! The medicine shows of the past were made up a lot of families, and this one is no exception. Based upon an actual medicine show of the early 1800's, Faire Wynds has tried to bring you a fresh look at entertainments of the past. Because most of the show was devoted to the free entertianments, that is what we focus on, as well. Magic, juggling, feats of strength and dexterity, fire-eating and escapeology-with just a good dose of the Professor's good wit will keep just about any ill at bay! And remember-if it ain't Professor Chalmers Bodkin-Child's Amazing Patent Medicine, it's something else!"
97th Regimental String Band
The 97th Regimental String Band recreates an actual string band of the Civil War Era singing a wide variety of traditional American songs in authentic, "living history" style. Sharing history, not from the text book, but stories and songs about the real people and events that shaped America's history: soldiers and sailors, lovers and liars, heroes and villains, adventurers and cowards, scamps and scoundrels. In the fun way Americans have always liked it-not just sitting and listening, but joining in the singing, clapping, laughing, dancing, and general merriment of an exciting, high spirited performance of old- time music.
Music of the Civil War
Just as it is today, music was a vital element in the everyday lives of men and women of the Civil War. Music was sung and played at home, in the camps by the soldiers, performed by regimental bands on the march, and was often played on the battlefield. The more than fifty thousand songs of this era came to express people's goals, aspirations, fears, and emotional and physical pain. Learn more about the music and the instruments from Marty DeWitt and the "History of Civil War Music".
Musician Bob Welch
A tall fellow, with a slouch hat and baggy pants, Bob Welch combines storytelling and history to bring songs of the 1860's to musical life. Bob and his original song, "The Ballad of Jennie Wade" were honored in the "Song of the Year" songwriting competition and featured in the national magazine, "The Gettysburg Companion." Welch, toting his guitar and banjo, will be performing both days of the event.
Ever wonder about your future, your past, or about all those bumps on your head? Visit Dr. Cranium at CWD! By exploring those bumps on your head, he can answer your burning questions and explain the mysteries you always wanted to know, but never knew who to ask.
Book sale and signing by Minnesota author, Michael Eckers at the CWD. A Southern Minnesota resident, he has published two books on the 2nd Minnesota Infantry from the Civil War, the novel "Northern Colors," and non-fiction "The Boys of Wasioja". He also is currently working on a new novel about the 2nd Wisconsin called "Wisconsin Iron". Make sure to stop by and get your autographed copy.
In his second appearance at PCWD, magician and conjurer, Jesse Moffit, will be wandering throughout the grounds demonstrating his illusions and amazing the public. Historically, the traveling magician and sometimes rogue traveled from community to community, entertaining the children and occasionally swindling the unsuspecting in a game of three card Monty or playing the shell game. Beware that he does not engage you in a game of Three Card Monty, or you may have to sell your horse to afford the trip back home.
Mason and Dixon, renowned naval historians, but better known for their comedy, will be performing for a second time at CWD. Their act will not only educate but keep you smiling and laughing for the duration of their performance. You will not want to miss their show and their wit! Performances will be given throughout each day at Sharpsburg Tent at the bottom on the hill.
A Weekend with the Lincolns
Abraham Lincoln was president at a pivotal time in American history. While the Union was divided, he made crucial decisions which still impact our nation today. And this weekend, President and Mrs. Lincoln are making a special visit to Pipestone.
The highlight of anyone's visit will be "An Evening with the Lincolns at the White House" at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center. In this poignant presentation, the Lincolns prepare to leave for Ford's Theater on April 14, 1965, they reveal much about their lives together, beginning with their courtship, early marriage, and the tumultuous years of the Civil War. They reflect on the Presidency, their lives, and their time in White House. This program leaves an impression on all who attend. The performance will be at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 11 at 5:30 . Tickets are $3.
Over the weekend at the event grounds, the President will be reviewing the troops, discussing the causes and effects of the Civil War, assessing the battle of Gettysburg, and giving a press conference on the State of the Union during the difficult war years. The President talks about growing up in a log cabin, how he got his beard, why he wears such a tall hat. He stresses the importance of getting a good education, having respect for the law, and never giving up on oneself. Do not miss this rare opportunity to talk to President and Mrs. Lincoln.