Catch the Swing during Ragtime Street Fair at Greenfield Village

Are you ready to experience an upbeat, electrifying time period in American history that greatly impacted music today? The Second Annual Ragtime Street Fair at Greenfield Village offers several opportunities to travel back to these unforgettable days of early jazz through dancing, dramatic performances, live entertainment, parades and authentic food from the early 20th century. Ragtime Street Fair is open to the public on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special evening hours to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The event is free with membership or Greenfield Village admission. Admission is $20 adults, $19 seniors and $14 youth, while children under 5 and members are free.

"The Ragtime Era was an important part of American history and Greenfield Village creates a perfect setting to celebrate this pivotal time period in music history, " said Jim Johnson, senior manager of creative programs, The Henry Ford. "The food, dancing and music during the Ragtime Street Fair accurately portray American life in the early 20th century."

Ragtime is thought of as the first American musical genre. The "King of Ragtime" Scott Joplin called the effect of the beat "weird and intoxicating, " compelling the listener to move to the music. Ragtime music, which is still composed today, achieved its peak in the late 1890s and was popular through the 1920s.

Special programs during Ragtime Street Fair include:
Ragtime Piano: Listen as accomplished ragtime pianists, Taslimah Bey, "Perfessor" Bill Edwards and John Remmers, take you back to the glory days of Ragtime through songs.
Dance Demo and Instruction: Put on your dancing shoes to learn the one-step, and then watch a professional dance duo perform some more intricate moves.
"Simply Gershwin": Enjoy a 30-minute revue celebrating American composer George Gershwin with great music and fun sketches.
Ragtime Food Festival: The Henry Ford's superb culinary team will prepare mouth-watering foods from the Ragtime era right before your eyes.
Silent Film: Watch "Lizzies of the Field, " the classic Mack Sennett slapstick comedy with live piano accompaniment.
Song Plugger: Nan Bostick, ragtime historian, will perform some of the most popular ragtime hits.
River Raisin Ragtime Revue Concert: End the night on Saturday or your afternoon on Sunday enjoying the sounds of this amazing band, River Raisin Ragtime Revue.

There are more reasons than ever to become a member of The Henry Ford. Annual membership passes start at as little as $39. Members receive unlimited admission to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

The Henry Ford, located in Dearborn, Michigan was founded in 1929 by automotive pioneer Henry Ford. This history destination includes Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Ford Rouge Factory Tour. The Henry Ford, America's Greatest History Attraction, is the history destination that brings the American experience to life.

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