Maplelawn Sunshine Market set to debut June 24 

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During the first annual Maplelawn Sunshine Market, visitors can catch a glimpse of what life was like during the Great Depression in rural Indiana. (Submitted photo)

By Heather Collins

Maplelawn Farmstead will present the inaugural Maplelawn Sunshine Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24.

Chrissie Stacy, Maplelawn Sunshine Market event manager, said the market will provide an opportunity for more people to visit and experience the farmstead.

“I think it’s really great to take part in community activities, especially when you have a historical element where members of the community are trying to restore a piece of history for the town and keep it alive,” Stacy said. “It’s just a neat opportunity to help support the community and the restoration of the town’s history.”

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The market will include more than 30 booths featuring antiques, repurposed furniture, vintage housewares, decor, boutique ladies and kids clothing, handcrafted art and textiles, wine, food and more. Vendors include Thoughtfully Thrifted, Caroline’s Boutique, Yours Mine Ours, Styled 4 Kids Boutique, Feathery Friends, Little Country Primitive and Vintage and Blackhawk Winery.

The market also will feature live music, a kids game area run by Brownie Troop 3633 and a photographer providing mini-sessions against the backdrop of the historic grounds.

The market will take place on the grounds of the farmstead, 9575 Whitestown Rd. The Mission of Maplelawn Farmstead, Inc. is to create experiences that connect people to the rich rural history of the 1930s Great Depression era on an Indiana family farm.  The farmstead, established in 1835, includes a farmhouse, kitchen, two parlors, two bedrooms and two dining rooms that have all been restored to reflect the late ‘30s Great Depression era. Visitors can discover what it was like to live during the Depression, view antique tractors, visit the on-site Victory Garden and tour the grounds.

“It’s like a sacred piece of ground for those of us who have been involved, because it has not been developed,” Stacy said.

The event is free to the public.

Throughout the year, the farmstead also hosts tours, murder mystery dinners and movies on the barn featuring Depression-era pricing on tickets and snacks.

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