Frederick is celebrating its 250th anniversary, and visitors are invited to join the celebration during the 250th Keynote Anniversary Weekend Sept. 8-10.
The weekend kicks off Friday with the Sabers and Roses Ball at the Francis Scott Key Holiday Inn from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The original ball was held on this date 133 years ago at another site in Frederick County. The host was Civil War Gen. J. E. B. Stuart. Musicians playing period instruments will accompany those dancing quadrilles. There will also be two other orchestras for modern dancers. Dress will be black tie or period dress. Tickets cost $25, and advance reservations are necessary. Call (301) 662-0229.
Saturday's events begin at 10 a.m. with a huge anniversary parade consisting of some 160 units -- festive floats, antique cars and trucks, and military bands marching down Market Street to Baker Park. The parade also features a re-enactment of Barbara Fritchie's confrontation with Gen. Stonewall Jackson. Birthday festivities continue at the park, where you'll see such historic figures as Francis Scott Key, Gen. Jubal Early and others who played important roles in Frederick's past. The Postal Service will cancel stamps with the official 250th logo design, and there will be old-fashioned children's crafts and games, a softball game between city and county officials with former Baltimore Oriole Boog Powell as one of the players, music, food and birthday cake.
More re-enactors will be at City Hall, where there will be a rare viewing of the original ransom notes presented to the city by Jubal Early (the Confederate general threatened to burn the city unless $200,000 was paid) on Saturday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The day will conclude with a concert by the Navy Commodores at 7 p.m. and a laser show at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
On Sunday there will be a rededication of the renovated 49-bell carillon in Baker Park at 2 p.m., a carillon concert and an ecumenical service, after which bells will ring throughout Frederick City. For information, call (800) 999-3613 or (301) 663-8687.
Battle of Monocacy
While in the area, you can attend the Battle of Monocacy
re-enactment Sept. 10 at 5741 Elmer Derr Road. Gates open at 10 a.m., and living-history activities will continue throughout the day with the main battle scheduled at 1 p.m.
Camps will be set up Sept. 9 and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Sutlers will be at the site to sell Civil War items, and at 5:30 p.m. a Civil War wedding will take place.
Admission is free, but there is a $3 parking charge or a donation of three cans of food collected for the Salvation Army. Take U.S. Route 340 west to U.S. Route 15 south for approximately four miles to Mount Zion Road and follow signs. Call (800) USA-FLAG, Monday to Friday, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Chadds Ford Days
Chadds Ford Days marks its 30th year Sept. 9-10 in a meadow opposite the John Chads House on Route 100 in Chadds Ford, Pa. This Colonial-style fair allows visitors to experience life of the 1700s and features continuous live music and storytelling, crafts, children's activities and food.
This year's focus will be on the Leni-Lenape Indians who inhabited the area when the first Colonists arrived. Several Lenape descendants in authentic dress will interpret the lifestyle of their ancestors through crafts, storytelling and music. There will also be a display of Lenape artifacts, demonstrations of open-fire cooking and lectures on the Lenape.
Eighteenth-century artisans, including a woodworker, a bookbinder and a redware potter, as well as an authority on Colonial clothing, are among the 80 crafts people in period dress who will be demonstrating and selling their wares along with more than 35 Brandywine artists. A Kids Korner will offer fun for children, such as carriage and pony rides, meadow games, marionettes and Lenape storytelling. A full schedule of entertainment is planned, and the 1725 John Chads House will be open for tour both days.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; 50 cents for children under 12. Call (610) 388-7376 Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Here's an opportunity to discover historic Buckeystown, a small Frederick County village founded in 1775 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sponsored by the Carroll Manor Lions Club and the Buckeystown Preservation Society, the Buckeystown Festival is scheduled Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Numerous houses and churches will be open for tour, including a Queen Anne-style house built in 1896 and the honeymoon cottage of the Inn at Buckeystown. The inn will have luncheon items available. The sites will be open noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tour tickets cost $12. Crafts and antiques, music, children's activities, pony rides and country food are other festival attractions.
Parking is restricted in the village, but you can park at the Buckeystown United Methodist Church and Mayne's Tree Farm. Buckeystown is three miles south of Frederick on state Route 85. Call (301) 662-0777.
Sully Quilt Show
The Sully Quilt Show at Historic Sully Plantation in Chantilly, Va., offers a full day of quilting activities on Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's the largest outdoor quilt show on the East Coast.
There are six mini-workshops on the latest quilting techniques, an exhibit of contemporary and antique quilts, quilt appraisals ($5 charge), a quilt activity for children, quilt vendors and a quilt door prize. Woodwind and string ensembles are scheduled at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., and food will be available on the grounds.
Admission, which includes a tour of the house and grounds, is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $2 for children. Sully is on Route 28 in Chantilly, three-quarters of a mile north of its junction with U.S. 50. Call (703) 437-1794.
Washington's Embassy Row, home to diplomats, statesmen, writers, artists and former presidents, will be the site of the 11th annual Kalorama House and Embassy Tour from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 10, rain or shine
Highlights of the tour will be the residence of the ambassador of Columbia, the residence of the ambassador of Thailand (the historic Codman House), the Embassy of Indonesia (the Walsh McLean Mansion) and the Woodrow Wilson House, where refreshments will be served in the garden from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The tour also features three private homes.
Tickets cost $15 and can be bought at the Wilson House, 2340 S St. N.W. Call (202) 387-4062.