Next weekend the battles of Bristoe Station, Cavalry Station and Greenwich will be re-enacted during the 12th annual Civil War Encampment at James S. Long Park in Haymarket, Va.
Sponsored by the Prince William County Park Authority and the Manassas Museum, the event features two days of activities at Virginia's largest Civil War encampment, complete with battles and skirmishes. Start the weekend with a visit on Saturday morning to the Manassas Museum in Old Town Manassas. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. you can interact with Civil War characters as they interpret a soldier's life, African-American culture, civilian life and ladies' mourning customs.
That afternoon, camps will open at the park for guided tours of Union and Confederate camps at 3 p.m. There will also be artillery demonstrations, live period music and sutlers selling period goods. The Battle of Auburn Mill will be re-enacted Saturday evening at 6:30. Admission to the Saturday events is $10 per carload.
Gates open Sunday at 7:30 a.m. The first scheduled event is a Civil War-era church service. A full agenda follows with a cavalry skirmish re-creating the Battle of Greenwich at 10 a.m., period music, a 19th-century dance workshop, a surgeon's demonstration, signal corps and artillery demonstrations and a Civil War fashion show. The re-enactment of the Battle of Bristoe Station is scheduled at 2 p.m. Admission to Sunday's events is $15 per carload. Walk-in admission is $5. Food can be bought on the grounds.
James S. Long Park is near Route 66 off Route 15 (the James Madison Highway) in Haymarket. Call (703) 792-PARK, Ext. 340.
The Lucketts Fair near Leesburg, Va., is not only popular with area residents, it also attracts visitors from all over the region who enjoy an old-fashioned country fair. It will be held Saturday and next Sunday at the Lucketts Community Center, a restored early 1900s schoolhouse on U.S. Route 15, eight miles north of Leesburg.
The fair is truly an event for all ages, offering fine crafts, an antiques market, musical entertainment, children's activities, old-fashioned games, down-home food and a back-roads tour. One hundred of the region's finest crafts people will be there to display and demonstrate their wares, and antiques buffs will find a whole field full of furniture and curios.
Entertainment will take place on two stages. One offers a variety of music, from barbershop to bluegrass to gospel. The other provides children's entertainment including a magician, puppets, musicians and the Alberti Flea Circus. Children can also participate in cakewalks, games, a scarecrow stuffing or enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, and hayrides.
The fair will be held, rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $3; free for children under 6. Call (703) 777-8881.
The state's oldest continuing jousting tournament, the Calvert County Jousting Tournament, will take place Saturday on the grounds of Christ Episcopal Church, 3100 Broomes Island Road in Port Republic.
Jousting begins at noon. The tournament is preceded by a parade of knights and ladies and a medieval joust. The church bazaar opens at 11 a.m., offering activities for children, and organ concerts are scheduled throughout the afternoon. A country supper will be available in the parish house beginning at 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 10 and under.
Admission to the tournament is $1. Parking is free. Call (410) 586-0565.
C&O Canal Days pay tribute to Williamsport's canal heritage with several events scheduled this week including a church service, band concert, family picnic, ox roast and street dance.
For visitors, though, the two big days are Saturday and next Sunday. Much of the action takes place at Byron Memorial Park, where you'll find an arts and crafts market, food vendors and a full schedule of entertainment at the park band shell.
Visit the Park Service Contact Station in the Cushwa Building to find out about the canal's history, or take a walk with a park ranger along the canal towpath Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. A model of a canal boat will be on display at the C&O Canal Museum next to the Cushwa Basin. Here you can also enjoy bluegrass music by Cedar Ridge. On Saturday evening join the fun at a pool party in the park. Most activities are free.
Take U.S. Route 11 south from Hagerstown to Williamsport. Call (301) 223-8800.
Arts in York
Riverwalk Arts Festival and Exhibition 1993 will attract a number of visitors to York, Pa., Saturday and next Sunday.