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First State Heritage Park Market Fair


Entertainments, Diversions and Various Tradespersons to Appear at the Market Fair

Timothy, the Irish Linen WorkeR

Timothy the Irish Linen Worker at Market Fair Meet Timothy, the Irish linen worker, as he weaves a tale of everyday life in the 1700s, when folks of all classes wore clothing made of linen--and Irish linen had the best reputation for quality!  Listen to Timothy’s patter as you watch him turn ordinary-looking flax straw into linen fabric using authentic tools of the period.

Dr. Balthasar’s Travelling Medicine Show

Dr. Balthasar’s Travelling Medicine Show During this comical interactive performance, Dr. Balthasar offers audiences a "magical miracle medicine that cures everything from a common cold to death of two weeks' standing."  Ailments and afflictions such as consumption, baldness, the "summer complaint," dropsy, drunkenness and extreme nervousness were just a few of the maladies that magical potions hawked by travelling medicine men of the 1700s and 1800s would supposedly cure.

Signora Bella

Greenbank Mill & Philips Farm "Signora Bella, the Great Italian Equilibrist," delights audiences of all ages balancing and juggling on the rola bola, the slackrope, and the large sphere. She juggles knives and flaming torches. With much zest, Signora Bella brings to life the tradition of the travelling performer of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Her performances encourage audience interaction, creating a unique performance every time - truly a celebration of the ephemeral delight of live performance.

CONSTANCE GREENE, TAVERNKEEPER

Greenbank Mill & Philips Farm Return to the 18th century at the site of Battell’s Golden Fleece tavern, where you’ll meet Constance Greene, an 18th-century tavern cook and keeper, portrayed by living history professional Kimberly Costa. Do you know the difference between a good tavern meal and a common one? Through lively conversation and stories find out exactly what it was like traveling and eating at an 18th-century tavern. 

DEPARTMENT OF THE
GEOGRAPHER TO THE ARMY

Geographer of the Army photo Meet members of the Department of the Geographer, Army of the United States, 1777-1783. This premier living history group recreates the unit established by the Continental Congress in 1777 at the request of George Washington. They will share their knowledge of the science of surveying and cartography in the 18th century and of the War for American Independence.

COLONIAL BEER BREWER

Colonial Beer Brewer photo Beer brewing has deep roots in Delaware. Join primitive skills expert Jeff Moore to learn why early colonists brewed beer for everyday consumption, and get hands-on experience crafting beer using early primitive techniques. This demonstration ends at 2:30 p.m.

Ed Long - Horner

Ed Long, Horner Ed Long, journeyman and past Guildmaster of the Honourable Company of Horners, demonstrates how to make a powder horn, including the intricate stage of carving. Beautifully finished horns will be offered for sale and have won numerous blue ribbons.

FABRICS AND FINERY

Fabrics and Finery Nancy Gardner and Amanda Goebel, seamstresses, will offer a variety of fabrics for purchase at excellent prices. Betsy Martino of Common Goodes and Embellishments will have fine offerings for sale to the ladies.

LADY AIMEE’S FINE SEWING & SUTLERY
AUGUSTIJN HERMAN, LORD OF BOHEMIA MANOR

Lady And  Augustijn Herman, Lord of Bohemia Manor Lady Aimee is a sutler, a travelling merchant offering goods for 17th or 18th century re-enactors. Augustijn Herman, a merchant & cartographer, displays his map for ship captains & merchants.

Greenbank Mill & Philips Farm

Greenbank Mill & Philips Farm Come visit with demonstrators from Greenbank Mill & Philips Farm (an  historic site in New Castle County that focuses on life during the Early Republic). They will bring to market fair several of the two breeds of heritage sheep (Leicester Longwools and Delaine Merinos) raised at their site and will demonstrate historic spinning and weaving techniques and discuss textile production in early America.  Available for purchase will be yarns that were spun from their heritage flock and dyed with historically-accurate natural dyes.

1st Delaware Regiment

Ageless Artifice This American Revolution living history organization will be encamped on The Green to portray the 1st Delaware Regiment, Delaware Militia, and civilian supporters of the Cause of Liberty. Kids and adults alike can join in military drills they will conduct throughout the day.

Taylor Woodworks and Theorem Painting

Taylor Woodworks and Theorem Painting Fine handcrafted furniture in the 18th-century tradition is displayed along with theorem paintings by Delawareans Noreen, Jeff and Ronnie Taylor.

Katie Cannon’s Craft

Ageless Artifice Then as now, perfumes, cosmetics, and soaps made life a little more pleasant. Katie Cannon will provide hands-on demonstrations of how to make some of these items, and will  also offer 18th-century makeovers throughout the day.

 

Mike Radebach – Blacksmith

Blacksmith

Blacksmith Mike Radebach of Frederica has demonstrated the art of blacksmithing in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania since 1988. He has conducted living history programs and school tours at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and various other venues.

Silhouette Artist Brian Miller

Silhouette Artist Brian Miller Market Fair visitors can have their likenesses preserved as hollow-cut silhouettes. 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.

Woodworker Rick Schuman

Woodworker Rick Schuman Rick Schuman demonstrates traditional woodworking methods including the use of a spring-pole lathe, a shave horse, and vintage hand tools. Rick will be selling his craftwork, including spoons, spatulas, kitchen utensils, rolling pins, stools and an unusual Scandinavian bowl with handle called a“kuksa”.

English Country Dancers

Enjoy one of Delaware’s premier groups of 18th-century dancers and musicians as they perform in The Old State House.

Traditional Soap Making
and Painted Floor Cloths

Traditional Soap Making and Painted Floor Cloths Artist Maria Bessette will sell her painted floorcloths, which are a traditional American floor covering dating back to the 18th century. Maria will also demonstrate and sell her handcrafted plant-based soaps made from natural botanicals.

Thistledown Fiber Guild

Fiber Arts Weaver Gladys Shaw demonstrates on her loom and offers wall and table mats and runners, shawls and skirts for sale. Alice Guerrant shows how socks and caps were knit by hand, and Helen Gieske displays quilting techniques.

PLEIN AIR PAINTER

Plein Air Painter Watch plein air painter Rich Bazelow at work around The Green as he captures the scene.

Rudy Tucker, Potter

Men at Sea Rudy Tucker’s pottery, offered for sale at Market Fair, is representative of wares which were in use in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The pieces are all fired in a wood-fueled kiln and salt-glazed. Rudy will also be demonstrating pottery making using a foot-powered wheel. Rudy is a well-known Virginia artisan who has demonstrated at Mt. Vernon’s Colonial Market and many other events.

Men At Sea

Men at Sea What would it have been like to sail on the ships that brought goods up the river to Dover in the 18th century? Learn about the living conditions, food consumption and sailors’ duties. Try your hand at knot tying, rope hauling and scrubbing the deck. Sing along with the sailors’ shanty music.

MARKET FAIR MEMORIES

  Stop by the free photo booth and get your picture taken with fun props from the 1700s to capture a memory that will last a lifetime. All photos will be made available online.

Children's Activities

18th-century games
  • Face painting
  • Learn paper quilling
  • See the heritage sheep
  • Pick a trade and make your own merchant’s trade sign at the Biggs Museum
  • Try wool carding and drop spindles
  • Play 18th-century games
  • Be a sailor and learn to tie knots
  • Take part in a military muster

Good Things to Eat

  The Dover Century Club is transformed into the Market Fair Inn to sell hungry visitors pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, baked goods, coffee, and cider. Plus Fifer Orchards returns with their famous cider donuts and cold cider.