Pennsylvania celebrates Penn's birthday


October 16, 1994|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

Commemorative ceremonies and celebrations will be held in Pennsylvania next weekend in honor of the 350th birthday of William Penn, the state's founder, who was born on Oct. 24, 1644. One of the biggest events will take place in Philadelphia, founded by Penn in 1682 as the capital of his new Colony.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, the public can join a procession through the streets of Historic Philadelphia, from the Arch Street Meeting House at Fourth and Arch streets. The procession passes the Liberty Bell and Welcome Park and winds up at Penn's Landing, where Mayor Edward G. Rendell and others will pay tribute to Penn's contributions to the city.

Re-enactors portraying William and Hannah Penn will arrive at 3 p.m. aboard Philadelphia's tall ship, the Gazela, to share a giant birthday cake with the assembled crowd. Festivities continue throughout the afternoon at Penn's Landing, with music, dancing, puppet shows, theatrical performances, storytelling, poetry readings, art exhibits and interactive games.

Meanwhile back at the Arch Street Meeting House, there will be slide and video presentations, tours of the building and games for the whole family until 5 p.m. Walking and driving tours to Penn-related sites will also be offered throughout the day. For information about this and other anniversary events, call (215) 724-7024.

Birthday celebrations will continue from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at Pennsbury Manor, Penn's country estate in Morrisville, Pa. Activities include a proclamation ceremony, house tours, demonstrations of open-hearth cooking and blacksmithing, theater performances and birthday cake. Admission is free. The manor is on Route 9, 24 miles north of Philadelphia. Call (215) 946-0400.

Jazz at the beach

The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival will bring many people back to the beach for a weekend of concerts, clinics, jams and a New Orleans-style parade Thursday through Oct. 23.

The weekend kicks off with a meet-the-artist-cocktail party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday atop the Henlopen Hotel. Friday morning Denis DiBlasio will lead a community outreach clinic aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Friday evening's concert features the Phil Woods Quartet and jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.

A Dixieland jazz band will lead the parade down Rehoboth Avenue at 11 a.m. Saturday. People are encouraged to come dressed in Mardi Gras costume. A free oceanfront concert is scheduled at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand from noon to 4 p.m. More live music will come from a parade float that will move to different sites during the afternoon. On Sunday there will be jazz brunches and lunches all over town, a jazz jam at Sydney's Sidestreet and an afternoon of music in the streets. The non-profit festival, made possible by the Delaware Division of the Arts, has been chosen as one of the American Bus Association's Top 100 events in North America for 1995. Call (800) 29-MUSIC or (302) 226-3844.

In the pumpkin patch

Pumpkins are ready for picking, and next weekend many people will be looking for the perfect specimen.

Pumpkin Patch Weekend at the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, Pa., Saturday and Oct. 23 is one fun place to find one. Wagons pulled by draft horses or antique tractors will take visitors out to the pumpkin patch. Select your pumpkin (for less than market price), then take it to the decorating barn where volunteers will help carve or paint it. Steve Dahlke, a nationally known pumpkin carver who has carved likenesses of Presidents Clinton and Bush and other political figures, will be there both days to demonstrate his skill. Culinary-arts students will use period recipes to make old-fashioned pumpkin treats and offer tastings. They will also help children decorate their own cookies. Storytellers and folk musicians will provide entertainment both days. There will be scarecrow stuffing and food for sale.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens; $5 for youth. The museum is on Route 272 just north of Lancaster. Call (717) 569-0401.

A waterman's life

Tilghman Island Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. affords visitors an opportunity to experience the life of a Chesapeake Bay waterman. You'll learn about clamming, oystering, fishing, crabbing, crab picking, oyster dredging and oyster shucking. You can also join in the watermen's games or enjoy live music throughout the day at Kronsberg Park, along with arts and crafts and fresh Chesapeake Bay seafood and other food.

Events include a skipjack race and boat-docking contest at noon; work-boat race at 2 p.m.; crab picking and oyster shucking contests at 4 p.m. and an auction at 4:30 p.m. Boat rides will be available on the skipjack H.M. Krantz, and you can board the University of Maryland research vessel to see the latest bay research projects.

A donation of $4 is requested to benefit the Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Company. To reach Tilghman, take U.S. 50 to Easton, Route 322 (Easton Parkway) to Route 33 through St. Michaels to Tilghman. Call (410) 822-4606 or (410) 886-2677.

Topiary in the fall

Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton will hold a Fall Festival today from noon to 5 p.m. amid the estate's beautiful fall foliage and flowers. Boordy Vineyards will bring wines for sampling, VTC local artisans will offer a variety of wares, including birdhouses, topiaries, wreaths, garden ornaments, dried flowers and jewelry, Jody Westerlund's orchestra will play, and food, beer and wine will be available.

Admission is included in the regular garden admission of $5 for adults; $4 for students and seniors and $1 for children. Ladew is at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, five miles north of Jacksonville. Call (410) 557-9570.

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