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9:00 am - 4:00 pm Educational exhibits, crafters and demonstrators 12 noon - 6:00 pm Live Musical Entertainment 9:00 until dark Food Vendors

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Welcome to the ‘New’ 2014 Seaford Towne & Country Fair! Welcome to the “new” Seaford Towne & Country Fair! In 1994, a newly minted Executive Director of the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce (GSCC), George Beauchamp, proposed a festival that would showcase our community and stimulate interest in growing the economy of the day as it reminded our neighbors of our rich history. It was held as a fall festival and was very successful for nearly a decade, even though after some bad weather years, it was moved to the spring. In 2014, after being gone for nearly a decade, the Towne & Country Fair returns as a partnership between the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce and its new Executive Director, Lynn Brocatto and the Seaford Historical Society (SHS).

The festival has a new look and additional attractions, most notable is our partnership with Seaford’s Parks & Recreation Department and its superintendent Natalie Wilson. In the past the fair ended in the afternoon. This year, the “2014 Movie Nights at the Mansion” series will begin after the fair with a showing of Disney’s Frozen on the front lawn of the Gov. Ross Mansion at 8:30 p.m. This first showing is sponsored by the Seaford UPS Store and The Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce. The SHS, GSCC, the Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware, our sponsors and everyone involved with the production of this festival wish you a warm welcome to the 2014 Towne & Country Fair. May you have a memorable day and a wonderful summer.

Schedule of Events 7 a.m. Set-up begins for Fair participants

Noon-6 p.m. Live entertainment in Event Tent:

8-11:30 a.m. Registration for 32nd Annual “First State Meet” Car Show

Noon-4 p.m. Good News Tour (Craig Banks, Fran Vojacek and Earl Hooper) Rodger Hamrick and friends Jerry Speace Talon Deneau

9 a.m. Opening ceremony - Towne and Country Fair National Anthem sung by Greg Fuller “First State Meet” Car Show begins 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Gluten-free cooking demonstration by Chef Eanes, Nanticoke Health Services

4-6 p.m. Eager Beavers (Dan Parsons, Brian Tonley) 2-4 p.m. Tours of the Governor Ross Mansion and outbuildings (Age 13 & up, $5)

10 a.m.-Noon Victorian games for children in front of the Granary

4 p.m. Take-down begins for Fair participants Food vendors remain for Movie Screening

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tours of the Governor Ross Mansion and outbuildings (Age 13 & up, $5)

6 p.m. Live entertainment ends Movie goers may begin arriving Food and snacks available for purchase

Noon-2 p.m. Victorian games for children in front of the Granary

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Seaford Historical Society The Seaford Historical Society is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to “preserve, protect and present Seaford area history.” The organization carries out its mission by maintaining two facilities - the Governor Ross Plantation (23669 Ross Station Road) and the Seaford Museum (203 High Street). Membership is open to all. Individual memberships are $25. Family memberships are $40 (which include children up to age 18). Nonprofit memberships are $150. Business memberships are $200. The Seaford Museum is open to the public for tours Thursday through Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The Governor Ross Mansion is open to the public for tours Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Private and group tours may be scheduled by calling the Society Office at 6289828 or by emailing seafordsociety@verizon. net.

Admission to both facilities is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Members are admitted free. The Seaford Historical Society’s office is located in the Seaford Museum. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Note that the above listed days, hours for the Office and public tours may be changing. Contact the Office at 628-9828 or email to confirm times and days. Volunteer opportunities are available for all ages, skills and talents. To join the historical society or learn more, contact the office at 628-9828 or email Visit the society’s website at and visit its Facebook page at Seaford Historical Society.

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The Seaford Museum The Seaford Museum, housed in the former 1930’s Post Office building on 203 High Street, is a hidden jewel. Visitors are often astounded at the professional displays and lighting that showcase a timeline of United States history as it pertains to the Seaford area. Dedicated volunteers are responsible for saving and converting the town’s old post office into a fine museum. Everything from the concept and design, the construction of walls and cases, the written signage and the gift shop are all the work of locals. It is truly the definition of community. Opened in 2003, the museum has thousands of local artifacts. The timeline of exhibits begins with the area’s natural resources, the Nanticoke Indians and winds its way through history to the 21st century with the world’s first synthetic fiber, a nylon spinning machine. Other exhibits focus on early agriculture, ship-

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building, canning, the poultry industry, railroads, Black River Pilots and the Nanticoke River’s connection with the Chesapeake Bay. The membership is excited about the upcoming completion and opening of a maritime gallery this coming summer. The maritime gallery will take visitors back in time to an April evening in the late 1800s as they stroll along the dock in Seaford. Another permanent exhibit showcasing Harriet Tubman and the “Tilly Escape” will also be installed and will open some time this year.

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The Governor Ross Plantation The Governor Ross Plantation is the only site in Delaware that describes plantation life around the Civil War period. Learn about the life of a governor, slavery in Sussex County and enjoy expansive grounds with auxiliary buildings that were necessary for the operation of a large plantation. The beautiful Victorian Italianate style Ross Mansion is located on the 20 acre property along with the only documented log slave quarters in the state of Delaware. Other historic outbuildings include the Honeymoon Cottage, the Granary, a smoke house, corn cribs and a ham house. The Seaford Historical Society has fully restored this rare brick home. The Italian Villa style mansion features a three story tower, original, engraved ceiling moldings and medal-

lions, beautiful Victorian Period furnishings and even a hidden safe. Once the home of Governor Ross and his family, the mansion is a testament to Southern living. William Henry Harrison Ross was the Democratic governor of Delaware from 1851 to 1855. Extremely popular with the people, he was instrumental in bringing the railroad into Southern Delaware. Trains running daily to Philadelphia vitalized the economy as farmers switched crops from wheat and corn to higher priced tomatoes, strawberries, peaches and other perishables. Ross became a local hero. Visit the plantation and learn more of the history of Governor Ross who remains to this day the youngest governor ever elected to office in the state of Delaware and also the only one from Seaford.


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Craftspeople will demonstrate skills from the past

By Don Allen Have you ever wondered what it was like in a blacksmith’s shop or what tools and equipment your great-grandparents may have used in the house, on the farm or on the water? How about how the seat in a cane bottom chair was made before furniture factories or how wood was worked into beautiful turnings before steam or electric power? You can see all this and more as you stroll the grounds of the Gov. Ross Mansion during the Fair. “Smithy” Mark Williams will demonstrate the ferrier’s art in front of the mansion slave quarters. He will entertain with his banter and intriguing handmade puzzles as he bends the iron to his will. Woodturnings and crafts will be on display in Rick Schuman’s booth. They are all made by him, using only manpower. Rick will demonstrate his spring pole lathe that replicates the way wood was worked in the Colonial Era. Woven cane bottom chairs and furniture decorated with woven cane were common in post Colonial and early Victorian era homes. Until the advent of factory-made, prewoven panels that could be pressed into furniture, the intricate weaving was done by hand. Marie Passwaters is an expert at this nearly lost art. She will demonstrate her skills in her booth throughout the day. There will also be exhibits of fishing, farming and poultry farming artifacts compliments of Jack Knowles, Clark White and Jim Carter.

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Local talent will shine at the Seaford Towne & Country Fair By Don Allen It is amazing how many talented folks are in our midst. Even though there are fewer venues today to display musical talent, there are still talented people that find a way to bring live music for our community to enjoy. If you don’t believe that, then visit the Towne & Country Fair Entertainment Tent throughout the afternoon on May 24. Five major acts from throughout our region are donating their time to perform for us at the Fair. Some acts you will recognize while others will surprise you but all of them are truly wonderful performers that will leave you with some wonderful memories. Jerry Speace You will probably recognize this local troubadour from

last year’s festival or from his regular appearances at Bella Capri Restaurant, 16 Mile Brew Pub and many other area clubs. Jerry will be doing double duty today since he is also the president of the HVCCD and will be officiating their awards show. Jerry’s most recent appearance in Seaford was a well-received performance at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club. The Good News Tour Craig Banks, Fran Vojacek and Earl Hoopes make up the “Good News Tour,” one of the finest modern gospel groups in the region. Their close harmonies have been the centerpiece of many festivals and revivals throughout the area for over a decade. They were also part of the star-studded cast of “The Country Christmas Music Show” held at Seaford Senior High School this past December. Rodger Hamrick & Friends This group will bring the sweet sound of Bluegrass to the stage. By day Rodger is a mild mannered office machine expert but when work isn’t calling he is an accomplished guitarist. He has enlisted some of his friends for some “pickin’ & grinnin’.”

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first place in the 13 to 16-yearold division. Her rendition of country mega-hit “Breakdown Here” was a show stopper and you will, no doubt, be impressed as well. Tallon hales from nearby Federalsburg, Md. and has another connection to our area which you will find out when you attend the fair. Dan Parsons & Brian Tonley Dan Parsons may be the best kept secret in Delaware, or, at least in the Sussex County Engineering Department. Dan is the Historic Preservation planner/records manager in Sussex County. He is also a very fine guitarist and, with his partner, Brian Tonley, makes up the duo “The Eager Beavers.” They have performed in clubs throughout the state and may be remembered as one of the featured entertainers at the Western Sussex Farmers Market in recent years.

Dan Parsons and Brian Tonley

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Last year’s Best of Show – Antique - a white over salmon 1957 Dodge Custom Royal owned by Kathleen Webb.

Historical Vintage Car Club presenting its 32nd show By Don Allen

For 31 years the Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware (HVCCD) has hosted a showcase of some of the most beautiful automobiles - pieces of art - at their “Annual First State Meet.” The 32nd edition will open the Towne & Country Fair. The competition is open to antique, classic and custom autos and has averaged nearly 200 entrants annually. Registration, which is from 8 to 11 a.m., is $15 per car. For two or more cars, the fee is $8 each. Any pre-1929 vehicles may be registered for free. Judging will be held in five divisions with trophies awarded for HVCCD-ACCA Senior


Antique, Best Preservation (unrestored pre1976), Top-10 Special Interest Vehicles (1990 & newer), Top-15 Modified, Top-15 Antique (1989 & older), Best of Show – Modified and Best of Show – Antique. Dash plaques commemorating the event will be awarded to the first 125 registered vehicles. Last year’s Best of Show – Antique was a beautiful white over salmon 1957 Dodge Custom Royal owned by Kathleen Webb. The HVCCD is one of the oldest car clubs in Delaware. For more information about this competition and other events on their 2014 schedule, visit their website at

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