There are more than the usual number of events around the region next weekend, so get out your traveling shoes.
Family Day next Sunday is one of the big events of the year at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Del. The setting is the original du Pont mills, estate and gardens. The entire complex will be open to visitors and activities are geared to life in the 19th century. There will be a Civil War encampment by the 61st New York Volunteer Infantry Mifflin Guard, whose members will participate that afternoon in a 19th century baseball game (played by the 1845 rules of the Knickerbocker Baseball Club).
There will be "hands-on" activities such as quilting, punch paper sewing and churning ice cream. Musical entertainment, steam car, carriage and hayrides, old-fashioned games, and food will also be featured.
Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 14, free for those under 6. The museum is on Route 141 in Wilmington. For information, call (302) 658-2400, Ext. 257.
The historic garden at Oatlands Plantation near Leesburg, Va., will be the site for the annual three-day Garden Fair Friday through next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Numerous garden-related activities are planned and more than a dozen garden experts will be on hand to answer questions. The four-acre formal garden at Oatlands with its boxwood alley, teahouse, reflecting pool and antique statuary is considered to be one of the loveliest historic gardens in the country.
An addition to this year's fair is a standard flower show, with flower arranging demonstrations and a competition between local garden clubs. Vendors will offer garden supplies and products for sale and a round-table discussion by garden experts will take place Friday and Saturday. An English croquet tournament and a carriage driving exhibition are part of Saturday's agenda.
Activities on Sunday are geared to families and include living history vignettes in the mansion, spinning demonstrations, a working potter, square dancing instruction and a woodcarving project for children. The recently renovated one-room school, formal garden and mansion will all be open for daily tours.
Admission is $10 (Friday and Saturday), $5, $3 for ages 7 to 12, free for those 6 and under (Sunday). Oatlands is on Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. For information, call (703) 777-3174.
A Colonial Fair will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Pemberton Plantation (now Pemberton Historical Park) in Salisbury.
Here you will find activities of a typical 18th century fair including Colonial theatrical performances, Morris dancers, children's games, jousting, food and Colonial crafts and workshops. Pemberton Hall, the 18th century home of Col. Isaac Handy, will be open for tour as will the Wicomico Heritage Center, a copy of an 18th century barn, with its collection of local artifacts and memorabilia.
Admission is a $3 donation per vehicle. For information, call (301) 548-4900.
National Hunting and Fishing Day, which marks its 20th year, recognizes the contributions hunters and fishermen have made to conserve the nation's wildlife and wild places. Remington Farms, a 3,300-acre wildlife management area near Chestertown, will celebrate the occasion with its annual open house on Saturday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wildlife and outdoor themes will be the focus of activities, demonstrations and exhibits by craftspeople, collectors, artists and conservationists. On the spacious lawns of Broadnox, the farm's Colonial mansion, you'll find wildlife art, antique waterfowl decoys, exhibits of antique guns and earlier hunting weaponry, and members of Ducks Unlimited, the National Turkey Federation, Wye Oak Audubon Society and other wildlife and conservation groups will be on hand to discuss their various activities.
There will be a fishing clinic, demonstrations of safe gun and bow handling, retriever demonstrations, and trained instructors will help visitors try their skill in various shooting events. Food and refreshment will be available.
Admission is free. Remington Farms is southwest of Chestertown. Take Route 20 from Chestertown toward Rock Hall and watch for signs about eight miles from Chestertown. For information, call (301) 778-1565.
Steppingstone Museum near Havre de Grace will host its annual Fall Harvest Festival on museum grounds next weekend.
Two days of fall fun are planned Saturday and next Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., including scarecrow making, apple butter making, pony and hay rides, a petting zoo, apple bobbing, apple cider pressing, an apple pie contest and pumpkin painting contest. There will also be entertainment, crafts demonstrations and refreshments for sale. For information, call (301) 939-2299.
Historic Cold Spring Village near Cape May, N.J., will bring back the Civil War era Saturday and next Sunday. The village is a living history museum dedicated to the daily life of an 1840s south Jersey farm community.