Experience a rewind through sports history at Vintage Base Ball, which portrays America’s pastime as it was played in the earliest days of the sport. Vintage teams will take the lawn of West Baden Springs Hotel for a weekend exhibition from the period when “base ball” was two words and the game was played with rudimentary rules of the mid-1800s. Pitching was underhanded, fielders didn’t use gloves and base ball was played in open fields without fences. You might see a “muckle” (power hitter) crush a “four baser” (home run) as players will also recreate the look and lingo from the era, complete with vintage reproduction uniforms.
Vintage Weekend at West Baden
Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16
Spend the weekend connecting with the past as West Baden Springs Hotel has a host of throwback experiences lined up for Vintage Weekend. The centerpiece of the weekend is the Vintage Base Ball exhibition on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, featuring teams playing the sport with the look, lingo and rules from the 1800s. With 1920s cars on display, special historical tours and even a mixology class focusing on vintage cocktails, all of West Baden Springs Hotel will be abuzz with the vintage spirit.
Vintage Base Ball
Saturday & Sunday • West Baden Springs Hotel Lawn
Experience a rewind through sports history as Vintage Base Ball portrays America’s pastime as it was played in the earliest days of the sport. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and watch a weekend exhibition from the period when “base ball” was two words and the game was played with rudimentary rules of the mid-1800s. Pitching was underhanded, fielders didn’t use gloves and base ball was played in open fields without fences. Players will also recreate the look and lingo from the era, complete with vintage reproduction uniforms.
Vintage Base Ball Exhibition Schedule
Saturday, September 15
11am — Batesville Lumbermen vs. Indianapolis Blues
Noon — White River Base Ball Club vs. Cincinnati Red Stockings
1pm — Belleville Stags vs. Vermillion Voles
2pm — White River Base Ball Club vs. Indianapolis Blues
3pm — Batesville Lumbermen vs. Belleville Stags
4pm — Vermillion Voles vs. Cincinnati Red Stockings
Sunday, September 16
10am — Belleville Stags vs. White River Base Ball Club
11am — Vermillion Voles vs. Batesville Lumbermen
Noon — Indianapolis Blues vs. Cincinnati Red Stockings
1pm — White River Base Ball Club vs. Batesville Lumbermen
2pm — Cincinnati Red Stockings vs. Belleville Stags
3pm — Vermillion Voles vs. Indianapolis Blues
Saturday, September 15 • Noon - 5pm
Sunday, September 16 • 11am - 3pm
West Baden Springs Hotel • Lawn
The Dixieland Band features a mix of ragtime, gospel and military tunes with some bluesy inflection mixed in. The Dixieland Band will impress with old favorites and surprising improvisations. Pull up a rocker, settle in with a scoop (or two) of ice cream and enjoy a Hoosier night delight with the rhythmic sounds of Dixieland jazz.
Saturday & Sunday • Adjacent to West Baden Springs Hotel Lawn
As you watch baseball played the old-fashioned way, enjoy some baseball concessions with a modern twist. Featured food trucks open during Vintage Base Ball games will be Toby’s Dog House, Inga’s Popcorn and Kona Ice to cool you off with sno-cones.
Friday – Sunday • Downtown French Lick
Get up close to see “cutting edge art” at its finest. Watch some of the top chainsaw carvers in the nation during the annual bash on the town green. Live chainsaw carving, carving auction, artisan marketplace, live entertainment, wine and beer gardens, and a car show are all part of the Block Bash agenda.
Vintage Car Display
Friday – Sunday • West Baden Springs Hotel Atrium
Stop by the atrium to see our 1926 Model T and 1929 Model A, as well as a 1929 Rolls Royce originally owned by Thomas D. Taggart, former owner of French Lick Springs Hotel. This car provided transportation for many politicians, celebrities and VIPs staying at the hotel back in the day.
Wine and Dessert Soirée
Friday • 8pm • West Baden Springs Hotel Atrium
$44 • Reservations required. (812) 936-5579
Enjoy the ultimate expression of West Baden Springs Hotel — the luxury of Europe with the warmth of home. Enjoy three dessert courses made in-house, each paired with 2-ounce tasting portions of dessert wines.
Special Indiana Landmarks Tours
Saturday & Sunday • Landmarks Emporium
Tours at 10am, 2pm and 4pm daily
$12 for adults • $6 for children age 6-14 • Free for children under 6
Reservations encouraged. (812) 936-5570 • Groups of 15 or more please call in advance
Tour guides will be accompanied by a costumed interpreter portraying a famous figure from the hotel’s heyday as they share the fascinating tales from the hotel’s fabled past.
Classic Movie Night
Saturday • 8pm • EB Rhodes Room
$5 for adults • $2.50 for children 12 and younger
Join us for a showing of “Field of Dreams” in the old-school setting of the EB Rhodes Room, which used to be a garage in the early days of the hotel. Popcorn and movie concessions will be available for purchase, as will beer and wine for guests 21 and over.
Sunday • 5pm • West Baden Springs Hotel
$45 per person • Reservations required. (812) 936-5579
Shake things up and get a spirited education about classic cocktails while our West Baden mixologist provides demos and samples of signature drinks. Must be 21 to participate.
Saturday • 2pm – 4pm • West Baden Springs Hotel Atrium
$28 per person • $15 for children 12 and younger • Reservations required. (812) 936-5579
Savor an elegant experience by sitting down to a proper afternoon tea. Enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and petit fours, and choose from a selection of gourmet teas. With the soft soundtrack of live classical music accompanying tea, this is the ideal way to relax and savor the ambiance of West Baden Springs Hotel.
Saturday & Sunday • 8:30am
Meet at the West Baden concierge desk to join a 3-mile walk throughout the resort guided by a concierge staff member. A great way to learn a little history while you get your steps in for the day.
West Baden Springs Hotel