President Monroe's home hosting summer festival

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Boxwood Gardens at Ash Lawn-Highland in Charlottesville, Va., is the setting of the 14th annual Summer Festival of the Arts, running through August.

"Plantation Days At Highland" depicts an early American celebration Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Crafters in period costume will demonstrate 18th century crafts and have items for sale. An 18th century troubadour and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will entertain. Songs, stories, period games for children and early American fare round out the weekend festivities. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $3 for children under 12, and include a tour of the house.

Major productions scheduled this summer are Rossini's opera, "The Barber of Seville," with performances this weekend, Saturday, next Sunday, July 19 and Aug. 2, 11, 14 and 18; the musical, "South Pacific," July 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 31 and Aug. 3, 9, 13 and 17; and Humperdinck's opera "Hansel and Gretel," July 27 and 28, Aug. 4, 7, 10 and 16. All performances begin at 7 p.m. and in most cases are preceded by a lecture on the work at 6:15 p.m. Picnic suppers are available by reservation during the 45-minute intermission. For ticket information, call (804) 293-8000.

Other festival offerings are the Music at Twilight series, featuring folk, jazz, Dixieland and other musical styles on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in July and July 4; and Summer Saturdays, family entertainment geared to children, July 13, 20 and 27 and Aug. 3 at 11 a.m.

Ash Lawn-Highland was the home of President James Monroe from 1799 to 1823. It is open to the public for daily guided tours year-round. The mansion is near Interstate 64 and U.S. 250, 2 1/2 miles from Jefferson's Monticello on county Route 795. For information, call (804) 293-9539.

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On June 30, 1831, Robert E. Lee married Mary Anna Randolph Custis. To celebrate their 160th wedding anniversary Arlington House in Arlington, Va., will hold an open house today from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lee lived at Arlington House with his family prior to the Civil War. The parlor of the mansion will be decorated with floral arrangements as it might have been on Lee's wedding day. A vocal quartet will sing early 19th century love songs and some of Lee's favorite songs. Mrs. Lee's wedding ring will be on display and period food, including pound cake, a favorite of the general's, will be served on the lawn. Hostesses in period costume will be in the mansion to answer questions.

Admission is free. Arlington House is located in Arlington National Cemetery with parking available at the cemetery's Visitors Center. For information, call (703) 557-0614.

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A holiday celebration will be hosted this evening by Historic Houses of Odessa in Delaware.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with family picnicking on the lawn of the Corbit-Sharp House. The Mountain Laurel Bluegrass Band and magician John Maloney will provide entertainment and ice cream will be available. The celebration will conclude with fireworks.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, free for children under 12. Rain date is July 7. Properties of Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Historic Houses of Odessa, are located just off U.S. 13 midway between Wilmington and Dover. For information, call (302) 378-4069.

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An old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration is planned at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster on July 4. Families can enjoy a full day of picnicking, musical entertainment, games and fireworks from 9 a.m. until dusk.

Among the performers are the Monumental Brass Quintet, Beaver Creek, Whirligig and the Dunloggin Pipes and Drums, a Scottish bagpipe band. Uncle Sam will be strolling the grounds and children can enjoy a variety of old-fashioned games and contests. Families may bring their own picnic or buy food on the grounds. Another feature is the annual picnic basket auction, which will be held in the early afternoon.

Costumed guides will conduct tours of the farmhouse and museum craftspeople will be demonstrating traditional skills in the Living History Center and farm outbuildings. Fireworks will conclude the celebration at dusk.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6 to 18 and those over 60, free for children under 6, accompanied by a paying adult, plus a $3 donation for parking on museum grounds. For information, call 876-2667.

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Antietam National Battlefield at Sharpsburg will be the site of a free holiday concert on Saturday by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Barry Tuckwell will conduct a program of patriotic music and light classics beginning at 7:30 p.m. During the concert you'll hear cannon fire by the 110th Maryland National Guard Field Artillery, and as a grand finale there will be fireworks by Zambelli Internationale about 10 p.m.

For information, call (301) 797-4000.

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The city of Philadelphia will celebrate Independence Day with the four-day Freedom Festival. Events including a parade, concerts, fireworks and theme parties will be held from July 4 through next Sunday.

The Fourth of July will be filled with activities: a patriotic ceremony at Independence National Historical Park with music, flags and the awarding of the Philadelphia Liberty Medal to Oscar Arias Sanchez, former president of Costa Rica and to the organization Medicine Without Walls; a birthday party with ice cream and the cutting of the "World's Largest Birthday Cake"; a two-hour parade saluting American veterans along Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 6 p.m.; a gala celebrity concert; and fireworks.

Penn's Landing will be the site of Music and Entertainment Day on Friday and "Oldies Day," with live entertainment and music of the '50s, '60s and '70s, on Saturday. Also on Saturday will be the Great American Balloon Race and a laser light show and fireworks over the Delaware River, which can be viewed from Philadelphia or from the opposite shore at Camden, N.J.

The festival concludes next Sunday with Kid's Day at Penn's Landing, hands-on activities for children up to age 13, and games, mimes, puppets, magic shows and other entertainment for children, including a performance by "Up With People."

Throughout the four days a restaurant festival will be held at Penn's Landing. Area restaurants will set up booths offering a variety of ethnic foods and taste treats.

For information, call (215) 686-2891.

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The Fourth of July will be celebrated in Colonial Williamsburg, Va., with the usual pomp and pageantry. The program begins with militia maneuvers on Market Square. The artillery will salute the 13 states with musket volleys, and a Senior Fife and Drum Corp and Revolutionary War flag bearers will parade around the square.

Activities continue at noon as the Junior Fife and Drum Corps march through the streets of the capital playing music of the 18th century.

The evening will be highlighted by a candlelight ball at the Governor's Palace at 7 p.m. populated with Virginia gentry of the Colonial period. Fireworks over the capital will conclude the day's events.

For information, call (800) HISTORY.

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The ninth annual American Indian Pow Wow is scheduled from Friday to next Sunday at the Garrett County Fairgrounds on U.S. 219 in McHenry.

Representatives of more than 25 tribes from all over the country are expected to attend the gathering, which is sponsored by the American Indian Inter-Tribal Cultural Organization. Traditional American Indian singing and dancing will be featured and there will be craft demonstrations, food and a large selection of arts and crafts for sale.

Admission is $4 for adults, free for children under 12. For information, call (301) 334-1948.

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