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Seasonal Special Happenings

Ohio Chautauqua

When: Wed., June 22 2011

As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, you can hardly wave a flag around these parts without smacking it up against yet another interpretive program. But this one — the Ohio Chautauqua in Lakewood — is special, with a five-day lineup of high-caliber activities and entertainment aimed at the entire family. Each day begins with a children's program at Beck Center for the Arts, like today's program on the everyday life of a Civil War soldier. Next up is a midday Civil War-themed movie at the Lakewood Public Library (today it's Shenandoah), followed by an adult workshop on related historical issues. In the evening, the infotainment moves to a striped tent in Lakewood Park, where you'll find a concert followed by a dramatic presentation from a costumed interpretor; tonight's replicated guest of honor is Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman. The program continues in a similar fashion through Sunday, June 26. It's all free and open to the public; for a complete schedule and list of venues, check out lakewoodhistory.org. — Maile