The 26th annual Chadds Ford Days will be held Saturday and next Sunday in a meadow opposite the John Chads House on Route 100, 1/4 mile north of U.S. 1 in Chadds Ford, Pa.
The Chadds Ford Historical Society, sponsor of the event, will move its headquarters this fall into a barn that has been built to look like an 18th century Pennsylvania stone and frame bank barn. The new headquarters provides the theme, "All About Barns," for this year's event.
To carry out this theme there will be an actual barn-raising both days at 2 p.m. using timber framing techniques and antique tools. Costumed actors will stroll through the fair dressed as farmers of the Colonial period and more than 60 juried craftspeople in Colonial dress will offer their wares for sale.
You'll see a painter who uses barn wood as his canvas and other craftsmen who carve barnyard and primitive animals. The society will also have its own craft demonstrators engaged in weaving, goat milking, blacksmithing and cabinetmaking, as well as the domestic chores of cooking, preserving and making feather pillows. Original works and prints by Delaware Valley artists will be displayed for sale along with lots of farm fare, fresh baked bread, jams, jellies, herbal vinegars, wildflowers and herb baskets.
A variety of old-time musicians will provide continuous music and there will be square dancers and fun for children, including pony, antique car and carriage rides, games, marionette shows and a Colonial magician. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults; 50 cents for children under 12.
For information, call (215) 388-7376.
The Maryland Seafood Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary next weekend at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis with three days of continuous live entertainment, seafood, exhibits, demonstrations and beach activities for the whole family.
The star attraction is of course the mounds of fresh Chesapeake Bay seafood: crabs, oysters, shrimp, and clams, prepared in every imaginable way. Seafood gumbo, stuffed shrimp, crab cakes and crab quiche are some of the tempting dishes.
A continuous round of musical entertainment will take place on the festival stage from Friday to Sunday. Highlights include performances by Roy Battle and the Altones on Friday afternoon; Uptown on Friday evening; the Seldom Scene, John Hartford and Jonathan Edwards on Saturday; and the Coasters on Sunday.
Beach activities are planned for children, including a treasure hunt, sand sculpturing contest and crab races. There will also be rappelling demonstrations from a helicopter, K-9 demonstrations and environmental displays. Chefs from 20 restaurants in the Maryland area will compete in the crab soup contest. This year the public will have an opportunity to sample the soups and cast a vote for their choice.
Hours are noon to 8:30 p.m. each day. Admission is $5 at the gate, free for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult. The park is at the last exit before the Bay Bridge on U.S. 50. For information, call 269-5981 or 268-7682.
The waterlily and fish ponds of the Lilypons Water Gardens near Frederick will be the setting for the 10th annual Koi Festival Saturday and next Sunday. Koi are the colorful Japanese imperial fish known for their longevity, and the gardens have a large selection of them.
Musical entertainment, carriage rides, a display by juried artists and craftspeople and an international array of foods are among the many attractions.
A koi exhibition and judging by the Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, a two-day kite competition and a jousting tournament on Sunday highlight the weekend festivities. There will also be an activities tent for children and lectures on water gardening.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but a parking donation of $4 will benefit the Frederick County Art Association's scholarship fund.
Take Interstate 70 west to Frederick Exit 54. Turn right on Route 85 south for eight miles and left on Lilypons Road for one mile. For information, call (301) 874-5133.
Hampshire County Heritage Days will be held next weekend from Friday to Sunday throughout Romney, W.Va.
Attractions range from winery tours to antique and classic car shows, a parade, food vendors, heritage crafts demonstrations, antiques, historic church tours and live bluegrass, ragtime and dulcimer music. There will be three Civil War re-enactment groups along with a primitive Buckskinners camp and a French and Indian War encampment.
Train rides along the South Branch River through the Trough will be a weekend feature. On Saturday the train will be ambushed by a band of Confederates, who are looking for Union officers carrying important papers. The fifth annual Antique and Collectible Show and Sale at the Hampshire County Library will be open all three days. As part of the show the library will present a demonstration of bookbinding.