"Fireworks and Fountains" is one of the many programs included in the summer celebration, "Festival of Fountains," at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., through Sept. 30. The first of four evenings of fireworks will take place Friday (other dates are Aug. 20 and Sept. 3 and 10). The displays take place in the Main Fountain Garden at 9:15 p.m. and are part of a 30-minute program including the music of Leonard Bernstein and an illuminated fountain display. Tickets are by advance reservation and cost $15 for adults; $3 for children ages 6 to 15; free for those under 6.
This week will be a busy one at Longwood, with a children's presentation by Landis & Company Theatre of Magic Tuesday, a performance by children's recording artist Kevin Roth (who will sing "Songs for Grown-ups") Thursday and a concert by the Wind Symphony of Southern New Jersey Saturday, featuring music from the United States and the British Isles.
Other festival highlights are the Brandywiner's production of "Camelot," July 29-31 and Aug. 5-7; the Missoula Children's Theatre, Aug. 12; the Kennett Symphony Orchestra, Aug. 14; the Asian Festival (music and dance of Asia), Aug. 21; and the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, Aug. 28. Most performing arts events are free with garden admission of $10 for adults ($6 on Tuesdays); $6 for ages 16 to 20; $2 for ages 6 to 15; free for children under 6. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, when hours are extended until 10:30 p.m. The gardens are on U.S. Route 1, three miles northeast of Kennett Square. Call (215) 388-6741.
Summer market fair
The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run in McLean, Va., will hold its 18th Century Summer Market Fair Saturday and next Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The event is a re-creation of fairs held in Colonial times, when everyone came to town to shop and socialize. A variety of trades and crafts people will be present, including a tailor, milliner, sawyer (carpenter), chandler (candle maker) and various hawkers. A large militia force will demonstrate musket firing and invite guests to join them in their drills.
A Colonial orchestra will play dancing music on reproduction period instruments, and a dancing master will offer instruction in century dances. Visitors can also learn to use a spinning wheel, write with a quill pen, make a sachet, or shop for pottery, colognes and potpourri made from 18th-century herbs. The Colonial Company Puppet Theatre will present "Rumpelstiltskin"
for the children, and adults can stop by the tavern for 18th-century-style fare as well as fish-house punch, beer and ales.
Admission is $3 for adults; $1.50 for senior citizens and children ages 3 to 12. The farm is located at 6310 Georgetown Pike in McLean. Call (703) 442-7557.
The town of North East in Cecil County will have an influx of visitors next weekend during the annual Water Festival. Past events have attracted crowds of more than 20,000, and this year the festival has been expanded into a three-day event from Friday to Sunday.
Festivities get under way with a 10K run Friday at 6 p.m., followed by the Barney Show at the North East Town Park. Join the crowd for a post-race party with food, drink and entertainment at the Riverwatch Restaurant. The party starts at 9 p.m. and admission is free.
Saturday's agenda begins with a fishing tournament at 6 a.m. Concessions open at 11 a.m., and events continue with tennis and volleyball tournaments, a car show, an auction, square dancing, helicopter rides, musical entertainment and sky divers. Town merchants and restaurants will set up booths in the park. There will be a children's area offering pony rides, face painting, the Ronald McDonald Show, games and contests. Barney will also be there. Much of the action will take place along the waterfront -- sail boat rides, a ski show, paddle boat races, water craft demonstrations and a water dog demonstration. The day concludes with a lighted boat parade at 9 p.m., followed by fireworks.
Sunday's events begin with a boat parade at 1 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m., when a hot-air balloon display concludes the festival. Admission is free. Call (410) 287-6166.
Let the games begin
An Old-Fashioned Games Day will be presented at Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace today from noon until 5 p.m.
Here's an opportunity to play the games your parents and grandparents played, such as roll-the-hoop, tip the cat, marbles and jacks. There will also be a turtle race and frog jumping contest (for those who bring their own pets), along with storytelling, kite-making, hay rides, pony rides and a petting zoo. You can also enter a sundae-eating contest. Other food will also be available.
Admission, which includes a tour of the museum, is $4 for adults; free for children under 12. The museum is located at 461 Quaker Bottom Road. Call (410) 939-2299.
Ellicott City's Millfest
Ellicott City's 6th annual Millfest offers a festive weekend from Friday to Sunday in the town's historic district.
The festival begins Friday evening with entertainment and dancing at the B&O Plaza. Activities planned Saturday and Sunday include living history presentations, roving entertainers, children's games, a Civil War exhibit, food concessions and historic bus tours of the town. One of Sunday's highlights is a race for area waiters and waitresses at 2:30 p.m. Participants will race through town carrying cartons of mill products and glasses of water.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is also free. Shuttle service is available. Call (410) 465-7355.