Its a storybook day at Delaware's Hagley Museum


May 01, 1994|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

The Gardens Collaborative, a consortium of 28 gardens, historic houses and arboretums in the Delaware Valley, presents the "World's Largest Garden Party," featuring more than 100 events this spring -- everything from fairs and festivals to scavenger hunts, races, tours and concerts.

One is the Storybook Garden Party today at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington. In the E.I. du Pont French Garden, families can enjoy puppet shows, 19th-century games, theatrical productions, music, a mini-flower show and nature walks from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In one corner of the garden, costumed storybook characters read children's stories, and Mother Goose and other strolling characters make balloon animals. Visitors can make their own books and decorate book marks at an activity table, and other amusements include face-painting, May basket and garden demonstrations, a food court and a shoppers' row selling toys, books, plants and Mother's Day gifts. An admission ticket is $10 for a family; $4 for an adult; $2 for ages 6 to 14; free for under 6. Use the Buck Road East entrance off Route 100. Call (302) 658-2400.

For information on other garden party events, call (215) 247-5777, Ext. 207.

Re-fighting the Civil War

The largest Civil War re-enactment in the country will take place Saturday and next Sunday in Orange County, Va. It is the 130th anniversary of the 1864 Battle of the Wilderness.

The re-enactment will be held on privately owned land located at the foot of Clark Mountain, site of an observation post where General Lee watched Union troop movements. Authentic Civil War camps, where visitors can see camp life, drills, firing demonstrations and battle tactics, will be open both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food will be available.

Battle re-enactments are scheduled for both days. The Battle of Laurel Hill is Saturday at 2 p.m., and the Battle of Trevilian Station is at 4 p.m. Sunday's visitors can watch a cavalry engagement at noon and the Battle of Mule Shoe at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $8; free for children 6 and under; parking costs $4.

Advance reservations are recommended. Call (703) 672-1653 (Orange County Visitors Bureau, which will take credit-card orders) or (717) 337-9483 (Civil War Specialties ticket line).

Touring country gardens

Oatlands Plantation near Leesburg, Va., has its third annual Country Gardens Tour, Saturday and next Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the gardens at Oatlands, the tour features Oak Hill, home of President James Monroe, and gardens in Leesburg's Historic District. Sunday's participants can attend an herb fair at Oatlands. The cost is $15 for the complete tour or $5 for a single garden. Call (703) 777-3174.

Follow the sheep

Maryland's Sheep and Wool Festival Saturday and next Sunday is said to be the largest event of its kind east of the Mississippi. Each year it attracts more than 40,000 visitors to the Howard County Fairground in West Friendship to watch the sheep-to-shawl contest, working sheep dog demonstrations, sheep-shearing competitions, a lamb cook-off and tastings. Breeders from all over the country and Canada enter their animals in the sheep show. There is also a craft show, demonstrations, music and more than 300 vendors selling everything from woolen apparel to jewelry and paintings. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call (410) 531-3647.

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