What could be better than a good old-fashioned ice cream festival? That's what you'll find at Rockwood Museum in Wilmington, where the stage is set for a turn-of-the-century fair Saturday and July 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Inside, the mansion will be decorated for a Fourth of July party of the 1890s, while outside the grounds will be filled with Victorian crafts, antiques and hot air balloons. You can hear a 19th century band concert, watch glass blowing or attend an old-fashioned medicine show. Children will enjoy the Brandywine Traveling Zoo, jugglers on Saturday and a marionette show on Sunday. But the star of the festival is the homemade ice cream, which comes in many flavors (even a newly concocted one created just for the festival).
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for ages 5 to 16. Parking will be at Merchants Square on Governor Printz Boulevard (Exit 9 off Interstate 95) with free shuttle service to the festival. Call (302) 761-4340.