Mid-Summer Faire Mixes History, Family Fun

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Mid-Summer Faire Mixes History, Family Fun


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By Carrie Griffin Munn

Visitors made their way to Historic St. Mary's City for the first Mid-Summer Faire Sunday, June 20. The fun family event offered activities and entertainment inspired by colonial life.

Seventeenth Century re-enactors drew guests into history as they toured the Spray Tobacco Plantation, boarded the Maryland Dove, and wandered among the gorgeous grounds. Site Supervisor Roberta Smith, as Mistress Spray, welcomed folks to her 1661 colonial home and John Harvey, as indentured servant John Prentice, displayed the firepower of the musket.
Colonial dancing, gunnery demos and an interactive sea shanty workshop invited participants to learn about colonial life. A pig race, log sawing contest, and jesters also brought delight.
Games of old, like quoits, trap ball and graces were available for play and the Chesapeake Spinners and Weavers, along with their sheep, exhibited their craft. Delicious eats from Bear Creek BBQ and cool treats from Bruster's Ice Cream were enjoyed by many, in and out of costume.
Kids had a blast trying out stilt-walking, getting their faces elaborately painted and getting creative with crafts. Many excitedly made, then raced model sailboats and proudly displayed their temporary tattoos.
Guests came from far and near to spend their warm, sunny Sunday at the Mid-Summer Faire. Staff and volunteers told TheBAYNET.com they'd entertained visitors from Germany and Australia, while others said people had trekked from other counties and states.
History buffs, outdoor enthusiasts and families can find fun at Historic St. Mary's City throughout the summer. For additional information on events, exhibits and hours, visit http://www.stmaryscity.org/ today.

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