Arundel fair to give view of Colonial times

Artisans, musicians, actors will re-create 18th-century Annapolis

June 08, 2000|By Claire Adams | Claire Adams,SUN STAFF

The 18th century will come alive in Annapolis this weekend as artisans, musicians and actors take up the garb and activities of Colonial days for the eighth annual Founding Fathers' Trades Fair at historic Charles Carroll House.

The fair, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, will include an indenture/apprenticeship program for children 8 and older, a guided tour of the house and gardens, and a taste of the food of the era.

Admission to the fair is $6; $4 for children through 12th grade.

Carroll House, home of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, is a restoration-in-progress and the only historic home on the Annapolis waterfront.

Sandria B. Ross, executive director of Charles Carroll House of Annapolis Inc., said the trades fair was begun to celebrate the reopening of the house. It has become an annual event to help fund the house's educational programs.

"This event recreates a period of time in Charles Carroll's life that hopefully brings history alive and makes history fun," said Ross, who expects 750 to 1,000 visitors.

Beginning at noon Saturday, apprentices (children 8 and older) will sign indenture papers and provide escorts to the tradespeople for 45-minute apprenticeships - which cost $5 each or three trades for $12.

Trades fair Chairman Stephanie R. Zebrowski said she hopes that visitors will gain an understanding of the types of trades that were employed during the 18th century and how they were a crucial part of a developing Annapolis.

The NewArkFife and Drum Corps will announce the fair's opening at 10 a.m. Saturday. It will march from the Annapolis City Dock, up Main Street, and back to the waterfront and Carroll House on 107 Duke of Gloucester St.

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