Devon Horse Show Cheer on top American riders at the...

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May 25, 2000

Devon Horse Show

Cheer on top American riders at the 104th Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, today through June 3 in Devon, Pa. All four members of the 1996 Olympic silver-medal-winning team -- Leslie Howard, Anne Kursinski, Peter Leone and Michael Matz -- will be among the competitors in the Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show Grounds. In addition to hunters and jumpers, the show also features five-gaited saddle horses, hackney and fine harness horses and ponies, breeding classes and coaching competitions. And, you can enjoy Country Fair boutique shopping, midway rides and games, food, music and exhibitions by the Budweiser Clydesdales.

The show grounds are on Route 30. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, except Sunday, when gates are open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. General admission is $6, $4 seniors, $3 children under 12. Reserved seating also available. Call 610-688-2554.

Chestertown Tea Party

Celebrate the 226th anniversary of an act of Colonial resistance to British rule this weekend with the 27th annual Tea Party Festival in Chestertown. Like their Boston counterparts, the citizens of Chestertown were incensed about the high tax England imposed on tea in the late 18th century. When the brigantine Geddes dropped anchor in the Port of Chester in May 1774, irate townsfolk dumped its cargo of tea and its crew members into the Chester River. The tea party will be re-enacted Saturday and accompanied by a variety of events, including a Colonial parade, historical vignettes, skipjack tours, guided walking tours through the historic town, 18th-century music, craft exhibits and storytelling for children. The celebration continues Sunday with more craft exhibits, puppet and mime shows, bluegrass music and other family activities.

Activities start at 8 a.m. and run into the evening Saturday; hours for Sunday are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival takes place in the historic district of Chestertown, which is on Route 213 in Kent County. Admission is free. Call 410-778-0416. -- Karin Remesch

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