Family Fun Day: Saturday 12 noon – 4:00 pm

Stories, hands-on vintage crafts, outdoor field day activities, butter churning and a horse-drawn wagon ride – Fun for the whole family!

Saturday, September 16, 12:00 – 4:00 pm: Family Fun Day

12:00 – 4:00:  Barbeque Bill will be serving some of his favorite smoked foods. Come and find out which foods that we eat today were also served 200 years ago.  Available for purchase throughout the afternoon.

12:15 – 1:00: (Main tent):  Debra Mims will enthrall children with her highly engaging and interactive stories and folklore. Grandma Mims, a free African-American woman, used to take care of children in various households in the towns of Bladensburg and Riversdale a very, very long time ago. Back in 1817, our nation was concerned with expanding its boundaries, immigration and slavery. Slavery was the norm in the state of Maryland as well as the rest of the country.  During these times, enslaved and indentured people as well as free persons often worked on farms together. Life was very different then for children: they were taught to be moral, studious and quiet through strict education —  using stories, fables, rhymes and religious teaching. Grandma Mims will delight us with some of her favorite stories from the Aesop, Grimm’s Fairy tales, Creole folklore and nursery rhymes of this time.

1:00 – 3:00: (OPH great room): Vintage Craft Activities for Children (led by Aaron Springer). Crafts to include:
Paper Bag Puppets on C.B.’s Farm
Paper Flowers from Miss Rosalie’s Garden
Fun with Fabrics
Make an Old-fashioned Toy: a Thaumatrope

1:00 – 3:00:  (Main tent): Timeless Children’s Activities:
Dominoes
Coloring station

1:00 – 3:00: (OPH Parlor): Sharing Games with Friends 1817-style:
Pick up sticks
Jacks
String games
Tinkertoys

1:00 – 3:00: (OPH great room): Dress-up “take-your-own” photo booth

1:00 – 3:00: (OPH kitchen tent):  Mrs. Calvert’s Butter and Ice Cream.  Mrs. Calvert was famous far and wide for her delicious butter.  Come to the Kitchen Tent and help churn some butter and make some ice cream the old fashioned way.  Join Kitty Marks from the Riversdale Kitchen Guild to learn how.

1:00 – 1:45:  Join an historic walking tour of Old Town College Park led by local resident Kathy Bryant. (Geared for adults and older kids. For families, see 3:40 time slot). Ms. Bryant’s great-grandfather laid out the very streets we walk today — way back in 1890.

1:00 – 4:00: Horse-drawn wagon ride through the neighborhood (Timed free ticket distribution to begin at 12 noon at the table in the Welcome Tent. )  The wagon will depart approximately every 20 minutes.
1:30 – 3:00: (Main tent): Read aloud story time.   A new story approximately every 30 minutes.

1:00 – 2:00: (OPH back yard): Outdoor Activities Just For Fun:
Scavenger Hunt
Hoops and sticks
Jump rope
Yarn ball toss
Bean bag toss

2:00 – 2:45: (On grass surrounding OPH): Field Day Fun to include these events in two age categories: 6 and under; and 7 and older:
Sack race
Potato relay
Jump Rope and Hula Hooping

3:00 – 3:30: (Main tent): Charles Benedict Calvert loved gardening so much that he was inspired to start the Maryland Agricultural College — which later became the University of Maryland here in College Park. Join local children’s entertainer Charley Montroll as he takes us through a garden and farm inspired magical, musical, story-time performance where he does extraordinary things with ordinary objects.

3:40 – 4:15:   Join an historic walking tour of Old Town College Park led by local resident Kathy Bryant. (This tour is geared for families.) Ms. Bryant’s great-grandfather laid out the very streets we walk today — way back in 1890.