It’s one of the region’s most anticipated annual festivals, but the Taste of Montgomery County also fulfills a very important role: the Taste is the largest fundraiser for the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, located on the Crawfordsville land where Lew Wallace wrote his masterpiece, Ben-Hur. The 14th Taste of Montgomery County will take place this Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. This year, Taste offers three live musical acts. Highland Reign (1 p.m.) plays ballads and songs by Irish, American and British sailors. War Radio (4:30 p.m.) performs a mix of indie rock covers, soul, and original melodies and songs. Strawbury Jam makes headlines at 8 p.m. with modern country rock. Taste’s site, the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum at 200 Wallace Avenue, was once General Wallace’s backyard, just north of his house on Wabash Avenue. Many people attending Taste didn’t realize that the area near the General’s bronze statue, where hundreds of Taste fans will gather this weekend to listen to some great live music in the shade, was once the site where General Wallace set up his rocking chair. under the expanse of a giant beech, to work on his writing in peace and solitude. Wallace wrote a significant part of Ben-Hur under this tree, known as the Ben-Hur Beech Tree. The General’s Study building is one of Crawfordsville’s gems and has welcomed visitors from all over the world for over 100 years. The study is filled with original artifacts and personal memorabilia of the general, most of which have been in the museum’s collection since Wallace’s death in 1905. All proceeds from the sale of admission tickets to this year’s Taste will fund the Museum’s extensive programming and annual exhibit. This year’s annual museum exhibit focuses on Lew’s creativity. The museum’s 2021 lineup includes the Hoosier Authors Book Club, the Dr. Howard Miller Lecture Series, a Behind-the-Scenes Tour and the Hoosier Author Fair. Tickets for the Taste can be purchased at the door for $ 7 for adults and $ 3 for students. Children 6 and under are free. The Lew Wallace Study would like to thank the title sponsors of this year’s event: Montgomery County Tourism Commission, First Merchants Bank Foundation, Hoosier Heartland State Bank, Dr. Howard Miller, Market Street Wealth Management, Teachers Credit Union, The Paper of Montgomery County, and Tri-County Bank and Trust.
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