Chestertown tea party Celebrate Colonial resistance to...

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May 24, 2001|By Michael Kalista

Chestertown tea party

Celebrate Colonial resistance to British rule this weekend at the 28th Tea Party Festival in Chestertown. The event marks the 227th anniversary of the day when irate townsfolk (following the lead of Bostonians) dumped the brigantine Geddes' cargo of tea into the Chester River. The focus of the festival will be the re-enactment of the Chestertown tea party Saturday afternoon, but earlier in the day and on Sunday you also can enjoy music, dancing, arts and crafts, a parade, Colonial military drills and demonstrations of Colonial crafts. There will be plenty of offerings for kids, including puppet and mime shows, storytelling and face painting. The celebration kicks off tomorrow evening with a cocktail reception in Wilmer Park.

Festival hours are 6 p.m. tomorrow, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. The festival site is along the Chester River in the town's historic district. Admission is free, except for the reception. Call 410-778-0416 for ticket prices and other information.

Delaware Port Days

The Port of Wilmington is the scene this Memorial Day weekend for Delaware Port Days, a free celebration of the state's maritime heritage. Docked at the port will be several ships open to the public, including the Navy destroyer USS Caron. Visitors can also get a close look at drag boats, heavy-duty cargo equipment and an array of vehicles that are imported and exported through the Port of Wilmington. Local cuisine will be available, and there will be activities for kids, dance performances and musical entertainment.

Hours are 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The port is located off Exit 2 (Terminal Avenue/Port of Wilmington) off Interstate 495 south. Admission is free. Call 302-472-7802 or 302-472-7819.

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