Alexandria festival pays homage to maritime heritage

DAYTRIPPING

June 06, 1993|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria's waterfront park, will be the setting for one of Virginia's most popular summer festivals. The Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival will be held next weekend from Friday to Sunday as a tribute to the city's maritime heritage. In 12 years the festival has grown to become Alexandria's single largest public event, and this year it appears on the list of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 events.

The harbor will be filled with nautical craft: sailing ships, power boats, canoes and perhaps even a tall ship or two. Many of the visiting ships will offer tours. There will be nautical exhibits, river charters and canoes for rent. The three-day festival offers attractions for the whole family -- a large arts and crafts show by more than 80 juried craftspeople, continuous musical entertainment, food booths and children's activities, including games, rides, puppet shows, clowns and jugglers. Fireworks are scheduled Friday and Saturday nights along the waterfront.

The festival is also held to promote the activities of the American Red Cross. The Alexandria Chapter will be on hand to offer

safety demonstrations, first aid assistance, information on disaster relief, and health checks.

Festival hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Adult tickets cost $5 during the day; $7 after 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings; $1 for ages 6 to 12; free for under 6. For information, call (703) 549-8300.

June Jubilee in Richmond

Richmond will also be lively next weekend, as its June Jubilee returns. Presented by the Arts Council of Richmond, this 18th annual street arts festival will be held Friday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday from noon until 1 a.m. in an eight-block area between 8th and 13th streets and Cary and Canal streets.

Works of art will be displayed all over the area as local artists compete to produce unusual creations. Streets will be filled with clowns, mimes, jugglers, magicians and strolling musicians, and you can listen to jazz, blues, gospel, country and rock groups from four separate stages. A large juried craft exhibition will be set up at Kanawha Plaza, and stalls of produce and food vendors will be at several locations. Children will have their own activity area at Brown's Island, where they can participate in art projects and games and have their own stage performances.

Admission is $5 for adults; free for children 12 and under. Call (804) 643-ARTS.

Re-creating 'Publick Times'

Charter Days on Saturday and next Sunday celebrate the granting of the Maryland Charter with a re-creation of "Publick Times" at historic St. Mary's City, the state's outdoor living history museum and site of Maryland's first capital.

The St. Maries Citty Militia, the state's official 17th-century color guard, will hold its annual muster on Governor's Field. Visiting children can dress up in period costumes and join a drill with muskets and pikes.

There will also be living history presentations at the Old State House, based on actual court cases of the period. At Farthing's Ordinary, a re-creation of a 17th-century inn, a printer will use an old printing press to produce copies of the Maryland Charter, and visitors will be given hands-on archaeology tours.

In addition, a working Chesapeake Bay skipjack will offer one-hour cruises on the St. Mary's River at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. The fee is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors, students and children.

Charter Day activities are included in the museum admission of $5 for adults; $3 for seniors; $2 for ages 6 to 12. Historic St. Mary's City is on state Route 5 in Southern Maryland about six miles south of Lexington Park. Call (301) 862-0990 or (800) SMC-1634.

Cumberland's Heritage Days

The Heritage Days Festival in Cumberland celebrates its 25th anniversary Saturday and next Sunday on the streets and sidewalks of the Washington Street Historic District and on the adjoining Cumberland Mall.

Sidewalks will be packed with arts and crafts booths, ethnic food vendors, and strolling jugglers, magicians and storytellers. Bands will play jazz, Dixieland, country-western and other music.

During Heritage Days the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will offer three-hour round trip train excursions to Frostburg at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Across from the Old Depot in Frostburg you can visit the Thrasher Carriage Museum, which features every type of horse-drawn conveyance. For reservations, call (800) TRAIN-50.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call (301) 777-5905 or (800) 872-4650.

Deer Creek Convention

The Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster is the place to be next Sunday for lovers of bluegrass and old-time music. The Deer Creek Fiddler's Convention attracts musicians from several states for a full day of competition from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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