If you're looking for things to do over the holiday weekend, events around the region offer a wide choice. One popular event is the annual Art and Craft Festival at Long's Park in Lancaster, Pa. This three-day event is recognized as one of the top arts and crafts shows in the nation and is one of three shows that consistently received top ratings from the national trade rating organization.
The juried show will bring 185 artists and craftspeople from more than 30 states. You'll find many unusual items as well as furniture, rugs, jewelry, apparel, artworks, ceramics, glass and leather goods. Two stages for entertainment will be set up in the park, where you'll hear jazz, folk, Dixieland, children's music, bluegrass and other styles. Music can be heard all three days, but Sunday is the special "Day of Music" with continuous entertainment all day and an additional evening performance by Mary Wilson, a former member of the Supremes.
In addition to the crafts and music a restaurant fair features specialties of local restaurants throughout the weekend.
The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Free parking is available at the park. Long's Park is just off U.S. 30 on Lancaster's northwest edge at the Harrisburg Pike Exit. For information, call (717) 295-7001.
The state's oldest continuing jousting tournament, the Calvert County Jousting Tournament, celebrates its 125th year Saturday pTC on the grounds of Christ Church in Port Republic.
The tournament begins at 1 p.m. with a parade of knights and ladies followed by a medieval joust. To mark this anniversary year a special exhibition, "Rings of Fire" is scheduled before the main competition. There are no seats, and spectators are advised to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
In addition to the tournament the church will hold its annual bazaar from noon to 5 p.m. and children can enjoy pony rides, games and stories. A country (crab, chicken, ham) dinner will be available in the parish house between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $9 for adults, $4.50 for ages 10 and under.
Admission to the tournament is $1. The church is at 3100 Broomes Island Road (Route 264) in Port Republic. For information, call (301) 586-0565.
Horse and Mule Day on Saturday at Oatlands Plantation in
Leesburg, Va., is Oatlands' biggest family event. It is dedicated to the workhorse, mainstay of the American farm during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Teams of Clydesdale, Suffolk and Belgian workhorses will compete in obstacle races, plowing and carriage demonstrations. One featured attraction is the horse pulling contest, in which the giant horses attempt to pull logs weighing as much as four tons. For fun there's the coon mule jump, an effort to coax the reluctant mule over a fence.
There will be entertainment by the New Liberty Band, demonstrations by about 30 craftspeople who will also be selling their wares, a working blacksmith and lots of food. Children can enjoy wagon rides, pony rides and face painting.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 1. Admission, which includes a tour of the 1803 mansion and its four-acre formal garden, is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 7 to 12, free for age 6 and under.
Oatlands is on U.S. 15, six miles south of Leesburg. For information, call (703) 777-3174.
Every Labor Day weekend the Eastern Shore town of Crisfield swells with visitors who come for the annual National Hard Crab Derby, three days of festivities from Friday to Sunday.
Highlight of the event is the 44th National Hard Crab Derby on Saturday afternoon. It is preceded by the Governor's Cup Race, in which governors of other states are invited to sponsor their own crab. This is a traditional race, established by the late Governor J. Millard Tawes in 1960.
The grounds are open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children 12 and under. For information, call (301) 968-2682.
Surf and sun will not be the only attraction at Maryland's seaside resort this holiday weekend. Ocean City will host the first Labor ,, Day Weekend Aerobatic Stunt Show Saturday and next Sunday.
The free show begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday with jumps by the Army's Golden Knights Parachute Team onto the beach near Caroline Street. It continues with more aerial maneuvers by the Army team, aerobatics by two stunt pilots and precision flying by the Six of Diamonds Flight Team. The air show will take place over the ocean between the Wicomico Street Pier and North Second Street with an announcer's stage set up at Caroline Street. The show concludes with a free concert by the Navy's Sea Chanters on Sunday at 5:45 p.m.
5) For information, call (800) 626-2326.