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Midwest travel: New Salem re-enactments, bluegrass fest

Chicago Tribune
New Salem re-enactments, bluegrass fest and more Midwest events.


Oct. 25-26: Fall Festival at New Salem, Petersburg. Costumed interpreters in Abraham Lincoln's hometown demonstrate typical fall events in 1830s Illinois, including meat smoking and wild game cooking. 217-632-4000, Miles from Chicago: 205

Nov. 7-9: 28th Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival, Springfield. There will be lots of bluegrass performances, naturally, along with a guitar show, instruments for sale and a variety of workshops. 217-243-3159, Miles from Chicago: 205


Nov. 1-2: Muster on the Wabash, Vincennes. This War of 1812 re-enactment event at Fort Knox includes battles, weapons demonstrations, spinners and blacksmiths, period merchants and more. 812-882-7422, Miles from Chicago: 240

Nov. 7-8: VonnegutFest 2014, Indianapolis. The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library stages activities across the city to celebrate the noted Hoosier author. Among the presenters is former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins and NPR Iraq War correspondent Kelly McEvers. 317-652-1954, Miles from Chicago: 185


Oct. 24-26: Northeast Iowa Steel Guitar Show, Waterloo. This is the 22nd year for this show, which includes 30 steel guitar performers in several genres, including country, swing, blues, jazz, gospel and pop. There also is a jam session and vendors. Miles from Chicago: 300


Oct. 24-25: 6th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival. More than 450 craft beers from about 60 Michigan breweries will be available to sample, along with food from Detroit-area restaurants. 313-833-9300, Miles from Chicago: 285

Through Oct. 26: Chrysanthemums and More, Grand Rapids. This fall exhibit features thousands of mums planted in designs and patterns throughout the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 888-957-1580, Miles from Chicago: 180


Through April 1: 2014 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. The works of seven Midwest sculptors, including two from the Chicago area, will be in display along the city's Broadway Corridor. Miles from Chicago: 375


Nov. 7-8: Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, Wilmington. Special Consensus and the Crowe Brothers are among the bluegrass, old-time and gospel performers on this year's schedule. Workshops and jam sessions are also part of the fun. 937-372-5804, Miles from Chicago: 335


Oct. 23-26: Flyway Film Festival, Pepin, Stockholm and Maiden Rock. More than 40 national and international independent films will be shown. There will also be filmmakers and industry professionals in attendance to interact with audiences. 855-800-8008, Miles from Chicago: 350

Nov. 1: Beer and Spirits, Lake Geneva. Representatives from nearly 30 breweries and distilleries will be on hand to offer samplings of their goods. Food and live music round out the event. 262-245-1000 ext. 113, Miles from Chicago: 80

Through Dec. 14: Erich Mercker: Painter of Industry, Milwaukee. The Grohman Museum at the Milwaukee School of Engineering has mounted this exhibit of the works of Mercker, considered a master of industrial painting. 414-277-2300, Miles from Chicago: 90

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