The eighth annual Quilters Heritage Celebration in Lancaster, Pa., is not only a place to see beautiful quilts, but a place to learn the techniques of quilting. It will be held at Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center from Thursday to April 9.
The celebration offers participants a full agenda of quilting events. You can attend a fashion show, tour Amish-owned quilt shops, attend lectures and hands-on classes, watch demonstrations by top quilters and see juried exhibits of historical and contemporary quilts. Theme of this year's festival, "Patchwork Pride," focuses on prize-winning quilts from contests, country fairs and expositions.
A highlight of the celebration is the annual fashion show and luncheon at noon Friday. There you can see the latest in wearable, quilted art by artists from around the world. Tickets cost $19. Reservations are required.
All lectures and classes also require reservations. Call Rita Barber at (217) 854-9323. Reservations are not required for the exhibits, which cost $6 per day or $10 for a multiday pass.
The Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center is on Route 30 East in Lancaster, Pa. For reservations, call (717) 299-5500.
Gathering for gourmets
Another weekend event in Lancaster County is the second annual Gourmet Fest Saturday and April 9 at the Artworks at Doneckers in Ephrata, Pa.
Cooking experts Nathalie Dupree and Martin Yan, whose shows appear regularly on Public Television, are the featured guests. .. They will present cooking demonstrations, sharing favorite recipes and cooking techniques. Chefs from some of the area's finest restaurants will also be there to demonstrate their specialties. More than 40 vendors will be selling cookware, gourmet food items, kitchen gadgets and cookbooks. Gourmet food items will be available for sampling.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission s $5. Doneckers is at 100 N. State St. in Ephrata. Call (717) 738-9503.
Several programs are planned in early April at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park in Appomattox, Va., to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee Federal forces on April 9, 1865.
The 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops will be at the park Saturday and April 9 to conduct programs and engage in infantry and artillery drills. A local collector will display Confederate military artifacts.
A free speaker's symposium is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Appomattox County High School on State Route 727, south of town. Activities at the park, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, include a walk on the battlefield, a ceremony at the Confederate Cemetery and a talk on the surrender proceedings at McLean House.
A final program will be held April 12. The David Wolper film "Surrender at Appomattox" will be shown at the park visitor center at 11 a.m., and there will be a talk on Brig. Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain and the Confederate stacking of arms ceremony at 2:15 p.m.
The park entrance fee is $2 for ages 17 and older. The fee will be waived April 9. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is two miles from the town of Appomattox on Virginia Route 24 East. Park hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 8-9; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12. Call (804) 352-8987.
Daffodils in bloom
The London Town Publik House and Gardens in Edgewater will be the setting for the 15th annual Daffodil Show Friday through April 9.
The show, presented by District II of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, will feature more than 300 varieties of daffodils, including some unusual double daffodils with ruffly centers, tazetta daffodils with small, full clusters of highly fragrant blooms and triandus daffodils with dainty and sweetly-scented blossoms. The horticultural section of the show will be held in the Visitor Center, and floral designs will be on view in the Publik House, a restored 18th-century ferry tavern that once served travelers using the ferry from London Town to Annapolis. Built in 1760, it is now a National Historic Landmark.
Hours are 1 p.m to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors; $2.50 for ages 6 to 18. Proceeds will benefit historical and horticultural resources of the London Town House and Gardens. Call (410) 222-1919.
Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster will present "A Sampler of Pennsylvania German Women's History" from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 9 in the museum's Visitor Center.
The first segment of the program will focus on diaries of Amish women of the late 1800s, hired women of the same period and women gardeners in the 1700s to 1800s. The program includes readings, a slide lecture and a first-person presentation.
The second half of the program features a tour of museum grounds, where participants can see demonstrations of historical gardening and child-rearing activities, sit in on an 1890s school lesson and take a cemetery tour. Admission is free, but seating is limited.
Landis Valley is is located 2.5 miles north of Lancaster on Route 272, a marked exit off both U.S. 30 and U.S. 222. Call (717) 569-0401.
Bush at Yorktown
Former President George Bush is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the grand opening of the new exhibition galleries at Yorktown Victory Center in Yorktown, Va., April 11.
The new galleries are a culmination of a $3.86 million, two-year renovation. They tell the story of America's struggle for independence and its beginning as a new nation from the perspectives of ordinary people. Ten life-size figures represent "witnesses," including an African-American slave from Rhode Island who joined the Continental Army, another slave who supported the British, a Mohawk chief who advised his people to remain neutral, a New Hampshire farmer whose sons joined the Continental Army and a woman who was captured and adopted by the Seneca tribe prior to the Revolution. The project completes the second phase of a master plan begun in 1980 to expand the time period covered by the museum. Exhibits now cover events leading up to the American Revolution and beyond, to the formation of the new national government.
Admission is free on opening day. Beginning April 12 admission is $6.75 for adults; $3.25 for ages 6 to 12. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the center is on Old Route 238 in Yorktown. Call (804) 887-1776.
Roger Swain, co-host of public television's "Victory Garden," will be the keynote speaker at the 49th annual Williamsburg Garden Symposium April 9-12 in Colonial Williamsburg, Va. Gardening experts join Colonial Williamsburg's staff to explore "Gardening Traditions," the history of horticultural customs that led to modern gardening.
The registration fee of $280 includes lectures, clinics, tours, receptions, a dinner and access to Colonial Williamsburg's exhibition buildings, museums and gardens. The fee for the master cooking class is $65; all other master classes are $50. Registration is limited. Call (800) HISTORY or (804) 220-7255.