Indian culture blossoms at Longwood Gardens"Native...


November 01, 1992|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Staff Writer

Indian culture blossoms at Longwood Gardens

"Native Americans -- Plants and People" is the theme of the 1992 Chrysanthemum Festival, which opened yesterday at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., and continues through Nov. 29.

Chrysanthemums -- 15,000 of them in a wide range of color -- will be showcased in a variety of forms throughout Longwood's 4-acre indoor gardens. They provide a backdrop for the American animal topiary created in the forms of a great horned sheep, American bison, red wolf and bald eagle. Outdoors, with the help of a guided map, visitors may search the nature trail for native ornamental plants.

Carl Wyandaga, Supreme Chief of the Eastern Delaware Confederacy of Twelve Nations, will open today's program with a traditional convocation at 10:45 a.m. Throughout the four-week festival a variety of weekend entertainment is planned, including dance performances, puppet shows, family theatrical and musical events, storytelling and demonstrations by working artisans. This weekend leads off with traditional American-Indian dancing and an American-Indian puppet show, presented by the larger-than-life-sized Hudson Vagabond Puppets of New York. Each weekend between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. storytellers will share American-Indian tales that have been passed down through the generations. Working artisans will be there on weekends to demonstrate Navajo weaving, beading, feather work, silver crafting, pottery making and many other crafts.

There will also be changing displays from the new SmithsoniaNational Museum of the American Indian collection; the Museum of Indian Culture, Lenni Lenape Historical Society; Nanticoke Indian Association; and Churchville Nature Center. One exhibit focuses on family life in a Lenape village. This week, visitors can sample foods made from American-Indian plants.

All events are included in the regular garden admission of $10 for adults; $2 for ages 6 to 14; free for under 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Longwood Gardens is on U.S. Route 1 near Kennett Square. For information, call (215) 388-6741. "Railfest '92" marks the 150th anniversary of the B&O's arrival in Cumberland with a week of events today through next Sunday in the Cumberland area. Activities include train excursions, a re-enactment, a parade, art exhibits, railroad displays, a seafood festival, entertainment, an open house at the Western Maryland Station and a round-table forum with railroad authors and historians.

The highlight of the event -- on Tuesday -- is the re-enactment of the first train ride from Baltimore to Cumberland. Crowds will be on hand to cheer the train's arrival at the Baltimore Street crossing in Cumberland at 2 p.m. The train will be pulled by a replica of the 1837 steam locomotive "Lafayette," on loan from the B&O Railroad Museum. The locomotive will be on display throughout the festival at the Cumberland CSX Yards along with the "Tom Thumb" replica, an executive rail car used by Harry Truman in his 1948 presidential campaign, and other antique and modern train equipment.

Two round-trip excursions by train are scheduled: one Saturday between Cumberland and Connellsville, Pa., and the other Sunday from Cumberland to Grafton, W.Va.

Another event is the four-day seafood festival from Thursday to Sunday. Food will be served each day by Phillip's Seafood Restaurant in a heated big-top tent behind Cumberland's Western Maryland Station from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be continuous entertainment. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. There is a $10 minimum admission charge.

2For information on Railfest, call (301) 759-4400.

Oysters in Urbanna

Oyster fans will come from far and wide to the small riverside town of Urbanna, Va., where, on the first weekend in November, Virginia's official oyster festival is held each year.

The town celebrates with parades, live bands, a street carnival, food and other attractions. Tall ships come every year to anchor in Urbanna's harbor, and visitors are welcomed aboard. The streets are lined with arts and crafts booths, and, oysters are, of course, plentiful.

Live bands will perform Friday evening after the Fireman's Parade at 7 p.m. Saturday's events are the Virginia Oyster Shucking Championship at 11 a.m. and the festival parade at 1 p.m.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For information, call (804) 758-5540.

Montpelier Hunt Races

Montpelier, home of President James Madison in Montpelier Station, Va., is the site for the 58th running of the Montpelier Hunt Races Saturday. With purses of $100,000, the races attract some of the best horses and riders. Gates open at 10 a.m., and the first of seven races begins at 12:30 p.m.

General admission is $5 per person; free for children under 12. Parking outside the race course is $5. Montpelier is on state Route 20, four miles south of Orange, Va. For information, call (703) 672-2728.

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