Chantilly lace? No, it's quilts, at Chantilly manor house


September 04, 1994|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

Historic Sully in Chantilly, Va., will be the site of a quilt show and sale next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Quilts will be hung from trees, displayed over old post-rail fences, draped over benches and exhibited throughout the mansion.

The show is one of the oldest and largest in the region. Here you can shop for old or new quilts, attend demonstrations and enjoy musical entertainment and food. There will be some 42 vendors selling everything from quilts to quilting supplies to quilt-related jewelry and other items. Children can make their own "ladybug" quilts to take home.

Throughout the day, in a tent set up on the grounds, Quilters Unlimited will offer demonstrations of quilting techniques. Oral appraisals of quilts will be given for $5, and everyone will have an opportunity to win a door-prize sampler quilt.

The "Threads of Friendship" exhibit will remain in the mansion through Sept. 26. It represents more than 150 years of quilting history with quilts dating from the 1840s to the present.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $2 for children. The fee includes a tour of the mansion, which celebrates its 200th birthday this year. Sully is located on Route 28, three-quarters of a mile north of U.S. Route 50 and four miles south of the Dulles Access Road. For information, call (703) 437-1794.

Skipjack races

If you're still looking for a holiday outing, check out the Labor Day Skipjack Races, a 35-year tradition in Maryland. The races take place off Deal Island and are the highlight of two days of festivities, beginning at noon today with the Fireman's Canoe Races and canoe jousting. Around Deal Island Harbor you'll also find arts and crafts, children's activities, musical entertainment, a variety show and an assortment of Eastern Shore food.

Be on the island early tomorrow to see the skipjacks under sail. The eight-mile race takes place at 9:30 a.m. and is preceded by a Blessing of the Fleet and a pleasure-boat sailing race at 9 a.m. After the boat races, festivities continue with swim races, demonstrations by local artists and crafts people, country line dancers, docking contests for small and large boats, and music.

Two cruises of Tangier Sound are scheduled tomorrow aboard the Capt. Tyler I. The first leaves Deal Island Harbor at 8:45 a.m. and offers a ringside seat for the races. Tickets cost $15 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. The second cruise is at 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults; $5 for children.

Today's festivities are free, but there is a $2 charge for adults on Monday. Children under 12 are free. Deal Island is 30 miles south of Salisbury on state Route 363. Call (410) 651-2968 or (800) 521-9189.

Discovering Buckeystown

The Discover Historic Buckeystown Festival Saturday and next Sunday is an opportunity to see some of the homes, gardens, inns and churches in this Frederick County village, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Among the sites open for tour is the home of Buckeystown's founder, George Buckey. The house is now a bed and breakfast and antiques center. Also on the tour are the historic stone

Methodist Church, built during the Civil War, the famous Inn at Buckeystown and two homes built just after the turn of the century and made from bricks of Buckeystown clay. The sites will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $12.

There will also be crafts and antiques, live music, children's activities, a petting zoo, a hayride and farm tour, a variety of concessions and country food. Sponsored by the Carroll Manor Lions Club and the Buckeystown Preservation Society, the festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. A buffet brunch will be available both days at the Catoctin Inn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking is restricted in the village, so visitors should park at the Buckeystown United Methodist Church, Mayne's Tree Farm or other marked locations. Call (301) 874-5555 or (301) 662-0777.

Boonesborough Days

Another reason to head west next weekend is the 23rd annual Boonesborough Days, taking place Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Shafer Park in Boonsboro.

The event gives visitors a glimpse of life in rural America of the 1800s. You can see demonstrations of wool processing (from sheep shearing to the finished product), weaving, spinning, pottery making, blacksmithing and apple-butter making, and watch as peanuts and pistachios roast in an antique roaster. More than 175 crafts people, artists and antiques dealers will display their wares, and you will see demonstrations of traditional crafts such as stenciling, paper cutting, pottery, basketry, quilting, tinsmithing and wooden folk art.

On Sunday, vintage cars from the Blue and Grey Chapter of the Model T Ford Club and the Mason-Dixon Antique Car Club will be on display. There will also be pony rides for children and country-style food.

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