Saturday, May 5 is First Saturday in the First State in Dover, Delaware. The schedule starts with a program at 9 a.m. on how Caesar Rodney made his historic ride presented at the Bell House, 43 The Green . Also at the Biggs Museum of American Art, self-guided tours and Biggs Kids: Ladybug Mask making. Also, guided tours of Legislative Hall and the Old State House (picture), tours of the Governor's house from 10-1 p.m. The Archives are offering a behind the scenes tour at 1:30 (I did this in the past and it IS impressive).
The Delaware History Museum in Wilmington will present "Untapped History: WWI Tour & Tasting" on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 6-9 p. m. Curator of Objects Jennifer Potts and Frank’s Wines Certified Sommelier Derrick Kelley team up for a special tour and tasting.
Enjoy highlights from the Delaware Historical Society’s WWI collections, original WWI uniforms provided by the Delaware Military Museum, and tastings of carefully selected wines & spirits with histories dating back to the WWI era. $7.00 members; $10.00 non-members. A 21 and over event. Reservations required; please click here to reserve.
The Hale-Byrnes House in Stanton, Delaware will be the location of a program on Saturday, May 19, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. presented by the
American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware. The Public is Cordially Invited to Attend. Local Rev War authority, Walt Chiquoine will speak on "The British in White Clay Creek" . Well-behaved children always welcomed. $5 at the door includes coffee & dessert
Also on May 19 is the Bellefonte Arts Festival in Bellefonte, Delaware. This annual event celebrates 10 years of local visual, performance, and culinary arts. Visit over 50 artists' booths, vendors, food trucks, live music, the Shops of Bellefonte, the Kids' Korner, face painting, all free events from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 19th, 10-4 - 94th Annual Day In Old New Castle. Experience the history and magic of Old New Castle. Tour the homes and gardens, lovingly maintained and tended. NEW: Tour the Kalmar Nyckel (included in your ticket price) , watch Pirate reenactments on Battery Park from 1-4, grab some great food and wine on the wharf and stroll from entertainment to entertainment. So much to do and see. Get your tickets early. (Tickets at Will Call at the Court House Museum). Admission: $25, child 6-15 $5. Schedule on website.
If you have time on the 19th, travel south a bit to visit the Port Penn Historical Society's second Wetland Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grass Dale Center, 108 N. Reedy Point Road, Delaware City. Celebrate the local traditions of boats, hunting, fishing, and trapping at this free festival. Crafters, artists, "Voices of Tradition" will teach about shad and sturgeon fishing, crabbing, eeling, wooden boats, trapping, progging and hunting. Children's activities include Jungle John's live animals, with music by "Crabmeat" Thompson and chances to win bed and breakfast getaways, and duck hunts. There will be food trucks, beer and wine sales.
Sunday, May 20 is the Cecil County House & Garden Tour. Proceeds will benefit the Saint Augustine Episcopal Church and Mount Harmon Plantation at World's End.
Included in the tour are: Saint Augustine Episcopal Church, Woodstock Farm and Kelso Memorial, Bohemia Manor, Chateaux Bu-De Vineyard and Winery, Worsell Manor, The Rounds, The Anchorage, Brick House Farm, and Mount Harmon. Tickets available.
May 11 and 12 a conference celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia will be presented by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At the Athenaeum at 219 S. 6th Street, Paul Goldberger will give the keynote address: "What Does the City Beautiful Mean for the 21st Century City?" The conference continues Saturday at the Art Museum at 9 a.m. Registration information and brochure on Athenaeum website.
The Chester County Historical Society will present "Coming to America: German Immigrants, Pennsylvania Germans, and their Records" on Saturday, May 12 from 9-11:45 a.m. They will discuss the differences in geography, economic class, religion, and aspirations of – as well as sources about – the two great waves of German immigrants. They will also review the "basics" of German genealogy and demonstrate the peculiarities of searching for records relating to America’s first large ethnic minority population. The cost is $20.00 for CCHS members and $30.00 for non-members. A similar program will be presented May 19, entitled "Coming to America:Irish Records and Research Strategies. All workshops will be at the Historical Society, 225 N. High St., West Chester.
The 40th Annual Society Hill Open House & Garden Tour in Philadelphia will be May 20th, from 1 to 5 pm. This self-guided walking tour includes private homes and gardens in one of our nation’s most historic neighborhoods and is sponsored by the Society Hill Civic Association. Tickets are available online, by phone or email: call 215-629-1288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be available the day of the tour. Tour starts at Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, on the day of the tour to receive your program with map. Photographs of interiors are not permitted.
Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia should prove to be exciting for the Parade of Sail, concerts, food, and other free happenings starting with tall ships due to arrive along the Delaware river from 3-5 p.m. on May 24. Saturday night at 7:30 is the U.S. Air Force Band concert at Penn's Landing followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. You can also buy ship tour tickets including for Delaware's Kalmar Nyckel.