"Festival of Fountains 1991" brings 11 weeks of beautiful gardens, illuminated fountains and 38 performances to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. The celebration opened yesterday and continues through Aug. 31.
Among the performances scheduled are Broadway shows, Gilbert and Sullivan operas, symphony orchestra concerts, ethnic dance programs, barbershop quartets and bands with music ranging from classical to jazz to folk. Also planned are four children's ice cream concerts featuring clowns, puppets and teddy bears, and a mini-version of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."
Illuminated fountain displays with rainbow-hued jets of water synchronized to music can be seen Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:15 p.m. On most of these evenings al fresco concerts will be held in the adjoining gardens at 7.
One of the highlights of the summer season at Longwood is the four evenings of fireworks, fountain displays and patriotic music. The dates are July 12, Aug. 9 and 23 and Sept. 7. The gardens will be cleared of visitors at 6 p.m. and fireworks ticket holders will be admitted at 7 p.m. These tickets also include admission to the gardens.
Garden admission is $8 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 14, free for children under 6. Certain events and all fireworks displays require separate tickets and must be purchased in advance. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on the evenings of fountain displays when the gardens remain open until 10:30 p.m.
Longwood Gardens is on U.S. 1, three miles northeast of Kennett Square. For a complete schedule of events, call (215) 388-6741.
The second annual Virginia Indian Heritage Festival is scheduled Saturday at Jamestown Settlement near Williamsburg, Va.
The formal program begins at noon with a grand entry of tribal flag bearers and dancers, led by the Indian Color Guard of Washington. Leaders of the eight recognized Virginia Indian tribes -- Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Mattaponi, Monacan, Nansemond, Pamunkey, Rappahannock and Upper Mattaponi -- will be introduced, and members of some of the tribes will perform a welcoming dance.
Throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be traditional crafts, dancing and storytelling. Children can have their faces painted, play American Indian games and participate in craft activities. You will see demonstrations of leatherwork, pottery, jewelry and basket-making and many of the items will be for sale.
In the afternoon intertribal and specialty dancing are scheduled. The program will be highlighted by the Maka Chante, a nationally known group that performs traditional songs and dances of the Lakota Sioux, Seneca and other tribes.
Admission is $7 for adults, $3.50 for ages 6 to 12. Jamestown Settlement is on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. For information, call (804) 229-1607.
The annual Arts and Crafts Festival scheduled Saturday and next Sunday is one of the biggest events offered by Old Bedford Village in Bedford, Pa.
Held for the 12th consecutive year, the festival attracts about 60 artists and craftspeople from eight states to demonstrate and sell their creations. Pottery, leatherwork, basketry, woodwork and tinsmithing are some of the crafts you will find on display under tents. One unusual craftsman creates animals out of logs using a chain saw. Other attractions are live musical entertainment, two magic shows and a craft hut, where children aged 12 and under can participate in craft projects.
The village, a re-created pioneer settlement with over 40 log cabins, schools and shops, has its own craftspeople and costumed pioneers. It also has three eateries: the Colonial Cafe, which serves a Sunday buffet and also has a daily menu; the Pendergrass Tavern for soups and sandwiches; and the Colonial Creamery for hand-dipped ice cream. A pig roast and other festival fare will also be available.
This week on Friday and Saturday nights the Opera House Dinner Theatre presents the play, "Cheaper by the Dozen," preceded by a buffet dinner at 6 p.m.
Old Bedford Village is on Business U.S. 220, one mile north of Bedford. For information, call (800) 622-8005, or for the dinner theater, (814) 623-3335.
Historic Annapolis Foundation will sponsor a decorative arts tour the William Paca House on Wednesday. Tours from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. will be followed by a strawberry tea on the terrace that overlooks the two-acre Colonial garden.
Admission is $12. Reservations are recommended because space is limited to 50 people. For information and reservations, call 267-8149.
The summer concert series at Ladew Topiary Gardens opens this evening with a performance by the Dunloggin Pipe Band at 6. The series continues with the bluegrass band Foggy Bottom, June 30; Zim Zemarel's big band music, July 14; the Maryland Pacesetters, July 28; Bob Barrett's big band, Aug. 11; and the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, Aug. 25.