This weekend brings an annual event that I look forward to every First Saturday in September, the Arden Fair. Arden was founded early in the 20th century as a free tax community on the principles of Henry George. George was the most influential proponent of the land value tax, also known as the "single tax" on land. He inspired the economic philosophy known as Georgism, whose main tenet is that people should own what they create, but that everything found in nature, most importantly the value of land, belongs equally to all humanity. Accordingly, homes in this community are on leased land, but the land and forests are open to all residents. And although the land leases run for 99 years, I have known people who have divorced, remarried, changed names, and have gotten new 99 year leases each time.
Activities for this September 1 happening include:
- Over 120 Vendors of Hand-Made Crafts and Jewelry
- Antiques Market: over 50 vendors with a small admission fee
- In the Shady Grove:
◦ Free live music by a variety of talented musicians
◦ Drink: Beer and Wine by the glass, soft drinks and bottled water are for sale.
◦ Food: Swim Gild Meatball Sandwiches, Dinner Gild Grilled Corn on the Cob, and other delicious items are for sale.
- Peddlers, Potions and Practitioners: Exhibitors who aspire to improve our health, wellness, and quality of life. In the Buzz Ware Village Center.
- Shakespeare Gild children’s games, rides, including pony rides (11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) and Far Flung Bungy ride. Tickets can be purchased for all games and rides. All offer prizes.
- Upper Food Court (across from Gild Hall) with hamburgers, veggie-burgers, hot dogs, sodas, iced tea, Hawaiian shaved ice, french fries, pizza, funnel cakes and more!
- Library Gild Book Sale with thousands of books (inside Gild Hall)
- Gardeners’ Gild Plant Sale
- FOLK Dancing demo with audience participation on Gild Hall stage.
- Baked Goods, Kettle Corn, Balloons, T-shirts and more!