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Festival of Fountains begins summer at Longwood

The Festival of Fountains opened yesterday at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., to the strains of bluegrass music. Visitors could attend the 33rd annual Del-Chester Rose Society Show, hear an afternoon bluegrass concert in the Rose Arbor and stay for two more bluegrass concerts in the evening. The festival, which continues through Sept. 5, offers 12 weeks of summer fare -- music, theater, fireworks and fountain displays among the changing summer blooms.

Half-hour illuminated fountain displays set to music are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 9:15. The displays are usually preceded by outdoor entertainment in an adjoining garden at 7 p.m. Spectacular fireworks are planned on four Friday evenings: July l0, Aug. 7 and 21 and Sept. 12. Tickets for the fireworks show must be purchased by mail.

Forty-one performing arts events are scheduled throughout the summer. Open-air concerts offer a range of musical entertainment that should satisfy every taste. The schedule includes everything from bluegrass and folk to ragtime, jazz, classical, big band, and barbershop. Shakespeare is on the bill June 25 and 27 with an eclectic mix of sonnets, songs and scenes from his plays, and "Oklahoma," a production by the Brandywiners Ltd., will be presented July 23-25 and July 30 through Aug. 1. Children can enjoy Ice Cream Concerts in June, July and August with entertainment by John Kelleher in "The Johnny the K Show" on June 23; the Brementown Musicians and Hudson Vagabond Puppets on July 7; and the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Alice in Wonderland" on Aug. 13. Staff gardeners at Longwood will share their techniques and offer practical advice in a series of gardening demonstrations on July 8 and 15 and Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Garden admission is $10 for adults; $2 for children ages 6 to 14; free for those under 6. Many of the concerts and special events are included in admission to the gardens, but some do require separate tickets. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, when hours are extended to 10:30 p.m.

Longwood is on U.S. Route 1, three miles northeast of Kennett Square. For a complete schedule of events, call (215) 388-6741. The third annual Virginia Indian Heritage Festival will be held Saturday at Jamestown Settlement near Williamsburg, Va.

The formal program begins at noon with a grand entry of tribal flag bearers and dancers, led by the Indian Color Guard of Washington. Members of eight recognized tribes -- Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Mattaponi, Monacan, Nansemond, Pamunkey, Rappahannock and Upper Mattaponi -- will participate in presentations of traditional dance, music, storytelling and crafts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Traditional and fancy dance competitions will take place in the afternoon, and cash prizes will be awarded in men, women and youth categories. A children's activities area features American Indian games, storytelling, craft-making and face painting.

Admission is $7 for adults; $3.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Jamestown Settlement is on state Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. For information, call (804) 229-1607.

Arts and Crafts Festival

The biggest event of the season at Old Bedford Village in Bedford, Pa., is the Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday and next Sunday. The village, which is on Business Route 220 one mile north of Bedford, is a re-created settlement with more than 40 log homes that represent lifestyles of the area during the mid-1790s.

The festival brings about 60 artists and craftspeople from seven states to demonstrate and sell their works. Country musicians will perform throughout both days, and children can enjoy monkey shows and craft-making projects. Food, including a pig roast, will be for sale.

The village opera house will present "Alone Together" Friday and Saturday nights at 8. Reservations are suggested.

Festival admission is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-12. Half-price admission is available with coupon. For information, call (800) 622-8005.

Cypress Festival

On the Eastern Shore, Pocomoke City is gearing up for the 17th annual Cypress Festival, scheduled next weekend in Cypress Park.

Highlight of the three-day event will be the Pocomoke River Canoe Challenge, a 12-mile race from Sturgis Park in Snow Hill to Cypress Park in Pocomoke City on Saturday. Last year's race attracted participants from all over the region and from as far away as California. An awards ceremony will be held at the park during the festival. There will be arts and crafts, musical entertainment, dance performances by Nanticoke Indians, games, demonstrations, contests, rides, food, a soccer tournament and tours of a Coast Guard vessel.

The festival opens Thursday evening with Family Night, when all carnival rides are included in one admission price. Concerts are scheduled all three evenings. Admission is $1 for adults after 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

5) For information, call (410) 957-1333.

Beef Festival

The Maryland Beef Festival is scheduled at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster next Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In honor of Father's Day, the first 500 fathers will receive a free beef hot dog, and all fathers can enter the ugly tie contest. A continuous round of musical entertainment from jazz to country to Dixieland as well as square dancing will take place on the museum stage. There will be crafts, craft demonstrations and tours of the farmhouse. But the main focus is beef, and visitors will see different breeds of cattle on display, demonstrations, beef dishes to whet the appetite, and a barbecue cook-off.

Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for ages 6 to 18 and over 60; free for those under 6. Call (800) 654-4645.

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