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  • Janet Nickerson
    Arthur & I will be there. Janet ... November First Saturday Brings 18th Century Market Fair to The Dover Green November 6 for Free Family Fun! In the
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2010
      Arthur & I will be there.


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      November First Saturday Brings 18th Century Market Fair to The Dover Green November 6 for Free Family Fun!


      In the mid-1700s, Dover was the scene of market fairs each autumn. Travelling merchants and local tradespeople exchanged goods, while entertainments of all sorts brought excitement to The Green.

      On November First Saturday (November 6) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the First State Heritage Park recreates some of the sights and sounds of an 18th century market fair. The event, which features living history, art and craft demonstrators, children’s activities and the sale of traditional products will take place inside The Old State House and outdoors on The Green. In case of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside The Old State House. Admission is free.

      History takes a humorous turn in a visit from Monsieur LeFarceur de Villeverte who portrays a lace merchant forced to flee the 1789 French Revolution. This “Arrogant Frenchman” will treat the audience like citizens of the new American nation who he wants to recruit as lacemakers to help support his extravagant lifestyle!

      Visitors will also enjoy songs, anecdotes, and Revolutionary tea lore with historical balladeer and tea interpreter Stacy Flora Roth who portrays a wandering peddler with a sack full of ballads, some contraband or second hand tea, and other surprises.

      You can also try your hand at knot tying and scrubbing the deck with merchant seamen or sing along with the sailors’ shanty music, as you learn how goods came up the St. Jones River to Dover . Find out about 18th century tanneries or talk with Revolutionary War hero Allen McLane. Watch 18th century dancing in The Old State House and learn a few steps yourself.

      Demonstrations and Traditional Art and Craft for Sale :

      ·         Blacksmith Jay Hoffman demonstrates the forge and anvil and sells his hand-forged products, including cabinet door pulls, hooks, screwdrivers and other metalwork.

      ·         Traditional painted floor cloths will be demonstrated and sold by Maria Bessette, who will also sell her handmade, all-natural soaps.

      ·         Woodworker Rick Schuman uses his spring-pole lathe and vintage hand tools to create spoons, spatulas, kitchen utensils, rolling pins, stools and an unusual Scandinavian bowl with handle called a “kuksa”.

      ·         Silhouette artist Brian Miller portrays an itinerant artist who uses a “camera obscura” to create profiles as they were done during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

      ·         Plein air painting with landscape artist Richard Bazelow.

      ·         Weaver Gladys Shaw will sell place mats, runners, wall hangings, shawls and skirts as Thistledown Fiber Guild members and John Dickinson Plantation interpreters demonstrate spinning, weaving, knitting, tape making and quilting.


      Food Demonstrations and Sales:

      ·         Lavender Fields Farm, Delaware ’s only lavender farm, will demonstrate early herb drying techniques and how to use lavender in teas and as bug repellants.

      ·         Deborah Peterson’s Pantry offers sweetmeats and spices, sugars and teas, and chocolate!

      ·         Food historian Clarissa Dillon shows how to put a garden to bed and preserve your harvest for the winter.


      Children’s Activities:

      ·         Pick a trade and make your own Merchant’s Trade Sign.

      ·         Try your hand at wool carding and drop spindles.

      ·         Be an archaeologist at the John Bell House and look for artifacts.

      ·         Explore a touch-it table of 18th Century merchant goods.

      ·         Be a sailor and scrub the deck or learn to tie knots.

      ·         Play hoop and stick or trap ball like an 18th century child.

      NEW WALKING TOUR DEBUTS AT 2 p.m.:  Spirits and Spices and Silks to Buy! relates the stories of 18th and 19th century Dover merchants and tradesmen like Vincent Loockerman and John Banning and the goods available to Dover residents of the day. This free tour leaves at 2 p.m. from the newly restored John Bell House on The Green.






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