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First State Heritage Park Market Fair

First State Heritage Park Market Fair

Entertainments, Diversions and Various Tradespersons at the Market Fair in 2017

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Professor Horn’s Punch and Judy Show

Professor Horn's Punch and Judy Show This fun-filled show truly captures the wonder and pure imagination of childhood. Professor Horn’s celebrated Punch & Judy show is known to incite gales of laughter from audiences of all ages. Children adore the amazing feats, slapstick comedy and variety entertainments. And parents can’t resist the nostalgic excitement this quintessential puppet show conjures from their own childhoods. Professor Horn also brings a hand-cranked music box and giveaways for children.

Peter Gardiner, 18th-Century Conjuror

Peter Gardiner, Conjuror Just arrived from Europe, the celebrated Peter Gardiner presents Artistic Deception, Dexterity of Hand, and Curious Entertainments surpassing anything of the kind that has hitherto been seen or attempted on this side of the Atlantic.  Mr. Gardiner exhibits astonishing performances in the Art of Legerdemain that promise to deceive the eye of the nicest observer, and appear in a manner supernatural. This is conjuring and magic of the 18th century impeccably performed and wonderfully amusing. Huzzah!

Timothy, the Irish Linen Worker

Timothy the Irish Linen Worker at Market Fair Meet Timothy, the Irish linen worker, an indentured servant of The Widow Tobin, 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.
Timothy will be unavailable during the noon repast from 12-12:30 p.m.

Signora Bella

Signora Bella "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.
Performances: 10:00, Noon, 1:45 & 3:15

Dr. Balthazar’s Traveling Medicine Show

Dr. Balthazar's Traveling 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 would supposedly cure.
Performances: 10:45, 1:15 & 2:15

Colonial Beer Brewer

Beer Brewer
Beer brewing has deep roots in Delaware. Join environmental educator and primitive skills specialist Jeff Moore to learn why early colonists brewed beer for everyday consumption, and get hands on experience crafting beer using early primitive techniques.

Doctor Sykes

Dr. Sykes Visit the building that Dr. James Sykes help to design, and listen as Dr. Sykes, portrayed by living history professional Dennis Fisher shares stories about his medical practice in Dover. Kids may be able to earn their medical degree or try making some homemade remedies. 
Dr. Sykes will be unavailable during the noon repast from 12-12:30 p.m.


Printmaker Printmaker Marcus Beauregard explains how a printing plate is etched and demonstrates printing an intaglio plate on an on-site press.  Printing plates are on display and prints are available for sale.  The printmaker’s assistant guides children with a hands on demonstration of how to print using block letters and demonstration of other eighteen century writing implements.

Elizabeth Battell, Tavern Keeper

Elizabeth Battell, Tavern Keeper Return to the 18th century at the site of the Golden Fleece tavern, where you’ll meet Elizabeth, the mistress of the tavern where Delaware became the First State. Through lively conversation with Elizabeth, portrayed by living history professional Rosemary Staniszewski, or one of her hard-working servants, find out what it was like traveling and eating at an 18th-century tavern. 

Habersham Peddler

  Featuring the Josiah Avery Collection of fine furniture, created and handcrafted by Martin Johnson, of Lewes, these pieces are in harmony with many styles, including Williamsburg traditional.

Basket Weaver

Basket Weaver Master Basket weaver Joan Betzold has been professionally weaving for about 10 years. Her goal is to create handmade things that are unusual, reasonably priced, made in America and fun! She manages each aspect from the design to the sale. Her motto is “one of a kind, made one at a time.”

Chocolate Making by the Lewes Historical Society

Chocolate Making Chocolate has played an important role in American history; past, present, and future. Learn about how chocolate found its place in early popular culture; view a demonstration of the 18th century chocolate making process using AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate made by Mars Chocolate North America. (Rain location: Dover Century Club)

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 Visit with demonstrators from Greenbank Mill & Philips Farm. 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. Available for purchase will be yarns that were spun from their heritage flock and dyed with historically-accurate natural dyes. Children will enjoy petting the sheep and learning to card wool.

1st Delaware Regiment

1st Delaware Regiment 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.

Mrs. Voyance, Fortune Teller

Want to know what the future holds? Visit a fortune teller! Using authentic 18th century sources, Mrs. Voyance will read the cards or your palm to determine what's in store for you. Find her in search of those whose destiny awaits.  

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”.

Dover English Country Dancers

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

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 Painters

Plein Air Painter Watch the plein air painters Joyce Lapp and Diane Bauer at work around The Green as they capture the scene.

Life at Sea

Life 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. Check out the block & tackle and fish for bottles! (Rain location: The Old State House)

Market Fair Memories

Market Fair Memories Stop by the free photo booth run by the Campus Community School’s First State Club 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.

Market Fair Minstrel

Enjoy the sounds of traditional tunes on fiddle as musician Rick Hudson roves about the Market Fair.

Slate Button Making

Button Making Back by popular demand! Try your hand at making a slate button of your very own using primitive skills. Start with a simple shard of slate and by grinding and drilling you will shape that piece into something that can be used to hold your clothes shut.

Children's Activities

18th-century games
  • Learn paper quilling
  • See the heritage sheep
  • Play 18th-century games
  • Take part in a military muster

Good Things to Eat

Good Things to Eat MARKET FAIR INN
The Dover Century Club is transformed into the Market Fair Inn from 10:00 – 3:30 to sell hungry visitors pulled pork and smoked chicken sandwiches, beef hot dogs, fall sweet treats, coffee, hot chocolate, cider and water. All sale proceeds benefit the Dover Century Club Scholarship and Building Funds.

Fifers Orchards returns to sell their famous cider donuts and cider.

Located in Lewes, DE, Old World Breads is a wholesale artisan bread bakery baking handmade bread step in old world tradition. They will have breads and sweets for sale.

Knightingales & Gilson Glass Blowers

Knightingale Lisa Lambert and Phil Gilson specialize in creating authentic 18th century items. For sale they will be offering handmade Colonial freeblown and molded glass, hand sewn clothing, leather goods, goatmilk soaps, bone and horn buttons, sewing implements, balms and dipped candles.

Colonial Candle Reflectors

Button Making Historic Preservation Consultant Catherine Adams Masek will lead children through an activity that uses natural objects to help reflect the light from a candle just like they did in the 18th century.