Greco-Roman romp at Gardiner’s Locust Lawn

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In addition to having a felicitous alignment of nomenclature worthy of a Victorian novel, Locust Lawn, the Josiah Hasbrouck estate in Gardiner, will use its neoclassical façade as the backdrop for a day of fun, Greek- and Roman-style on Saturday and Sunday August 22 and 23. Volunteers from the Mid-Atlantic Classical Society and Legio XIII Gemina invite citizens and barbarians of all ages for “Ancients Alive: A Celebration of Classical Antiquity.”

Watch Caesar’s soldiers drill (and perhaps be drilled yourself); see what kind of foods were common 2,000 years ago; learn about clothing styles, from slaves up to senators; observe ancient medical practices; cast your vote in a Greek ballot; listen to a dramatic reading of a work by one of the great founders of theater; see how slings were made and more.
Ancients Alive activities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission costs $8 per person; kids under age 4 get in free. Locust Lawn is located at 436 Route 32 South in Gardiner, about halfway between New Paltz and Modena, at the intersection of Route 32 and DuBois Road, two miles north of the intersection of Routes 32 and 44/55 and 3.5 miles south of the intersection of Routes 32 and 299. For more information about Locust Lawn, visit