Salon founder Elizabeth Arden. Aircraft manufacturer Olive Ann Beech. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Women have made an irrefutable mark on American business in a variety of disciplines, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts' Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business is designed to showcase this. The exhibition, opening tomorrow, celebrates the many feats of female entrepreneurs. It follows the rise of women-owned businesses in the applied arts, fashion, design, culinary arts and traditional business fields. The exhibition spans from the Colonial era to the end of the 20th century.
"Enterprising Women" runs tomorrow through Feb. 29 at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., Washington. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors and free for NMWA members and children under 18. Nov. 1-Dec. 31, adult admission rises to $8, and student/senior admission rises to $6. Free Community Days are the first Sunday and Wednesday of each month. Call 202-783-5000 or visit www.nmwa.org.
Mandala Sand Painting
The Chrysanthemum Festival begins with a rare opportunity to witness the sacred, ancient Tibetan art form of Mandala Sand Painting at Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, Pa., tomorrow through Sunday.
The Buddhist monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will start creating a sand painting during their opening ceremony at 9 a.m. tomorrow, which will include chants, music and recitations to prepare the space. The monks will lay out millions of grains of colored sand on a flat platform, a process that will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow and continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Following completion, the monks will dismantle the Mandala painting in a ceremony symbolizing the impermanence of life. The sands, thought to carry healing properties, will be distributed among the audience at the closing ceremony before the remainder is dispersed in a nearby body of water, with the intention of spreading healing throughout the world.
Other events during the festival's opening weekend include folk and traditional Chinese dance courtesy of the Hua Sha Dance Ensemble, Japanese-inspired dances by Saeko Inchinohe & Company and Asian puppetry. Admission to these events and more is included in the regular gardens admission of $14 for adults, $6 for ages 16-20, $2 for ages 6-15 and free for children under 6.
Longwood Gardens is on U.S. 1, three miles northeast of Kennett Square. Call 610-388-1000 or visit www.longwoodgardens.com.
Looking for a one-of-a-kind work to give your home a signature look? The 23rd Virginia Fine Craft, Folk and Art Festival Saturday and Sunday at Northern Virginia Community College in Avondale, Va., has it. The festival also features a small, select group of jewelry and clothing designers. One hundred artists and craftsmen will be present. Scour through object assemblages, contemporary jewelry, eclectic paintings, hooked and woven rugs, pottery, painted and reproduction furniture, primitive folk carvings and more.
The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Community Cultural Center of Northern Virginia Community College at 8333 Little River Turnpike. The $7 admission is good for both days. Call 717-337-3060.
Fine (pumpkin) art
There are few media that induce as much creativity as the standard pumpkin. Just imagine what happens when real artists are given 400-pound specimens. The Great Pumpkin Carve will be held today through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Chadds Ford Historical Society in Chadds Ford, Pa.
More than 70 artists will meet tonight to carve, chisel, saw, sculpt and whittle giant pumpkins into masterpieces. Competitive pieces must be creative, and the audience can expect virtually any theme to emerge from a pumpkin, from Halloween to patriotism, from current events to historical events. As dusk sets in tonight, pumpkins are lit, and prizes are awarded - including Best Overall, Best Carving, Best Use of Pumpkin, Most Original, Most Halloween-ish and the coveted People's Choice. The lighted pumpkins are displayed tomorrow and Saturday, with live music, hay rides and hot food on all three evenings.
The Great Pumpkin Carve will be held at Chadds Ford Historical Society on Route 100 North, a quarter-mile north of U.S. 1 in Chadds Ford, about three miles south of Route 202. Admission is $2 and free for children 6 and under. Bringing a flashlight is suggested. The carve is sponsored by the Chadds Ford Historical Society (CFHS) and Concordville-Chadds Ford Rotary, and proceeds benefit CFHS educational programs and Rotary scholarships and donations. For information, call 610-388-73763 or visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org.
Don't trail behind the group tomorrow night during the Downtown York Ghost Tour in York, Pa. The spooky walk will be led by author and historian George Sheets and Martin Library's Fran Keller. Learn some ghostly history and celebrate the revelry of the Halloween season. The tour will leave at 6:30 p.m. from the Main Street York office at 14 W. Market St. It will last approximately two hours, and comfortable shoes are recommended. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10.
Call 717-849-2331 for tickets or more information. Tickets can be picked up at 14 W. Market St.