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Dark tales of intrigue on the Ides of March

Vachel Lindsay Home presents an evening of eerie stories and poems March 15

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[March 07, 2014]  SPRINGFIELD The Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site will mark the Ides of March with an evening of eerie stories and poems performed for small groups throughout the house.

The March 15 event begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9. "Beware the Ides of March: Tales of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem" allows visitors to move from room to room and hear different performances in each spot.

The Ides of March, or March 15, is the day that Roman leader Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C. The readings include an excerpt from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."

The event, which will conclude with light refreshments, is not suitable for young children.

Because space is limited, reservations are required. Call 217-524-0901 and leave a call-back number.


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"Beware the Ides of March" is free, though donations are appreciated. It is co-sponsored by the Vachel Lindsay Association.

The Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free public tours.

The home, located at 603 S. Fifth St. in Springfield, was built about 1850. It was owned by the sister and brother-in-law of Mary Lincoln, and Abraham Lincoln visited on several occasions. Poet, author and artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was born there in 1879 and died there in 1931.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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