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Mt.Vernon Craft Fair: Artisans, Entertainment And Something New

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General Washington takes in the sites at the annual 18th century craft fair on the estate during last year’s celebration.

This year the 18th-Century Craft Fair at Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens will have a different flavor. A colonial chocolate flavor to be exact.

For the first time at this annual event American Heritage Chocolate will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe. But, chocoholics beware -- the calories remain the same, 18th or 21st century.

In addition to the chocolate production, 50 juried artisans from across the nation will demonstrate their trades and sell their wares while two stages of family entertainment will delight audiences with 18th-century amusements. It all takes place on Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Mount Vernon's 18th-century Craft Fair is the most authentic and diverse event of its kind, bringing together distinguished artisans working in colonial attire. They are complemented by a dozen entertainers who re-create the amusements loved by colonial Americans.

Visitors not only have the opportunity to purchase individualized works of art but also learn the history and methodologies of the various crafts and artisans. Many of the items are similar to those purchased by the Washingtons.

George and Martha Washington will preside over the fair and its entertainment that includes Mr. Bayly's Conjuring and Entertainments; Signora Bella, Equilibrist; Otto the Sword Swallower; and others. Free guided walking tours and Potomac River sightseeing cruises will be available while supplies last.

Helping visitors maintain their stamina, there will be Fair fare ranging from turkey legs to ice cream provided by the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant and various vendor concession stands. The event is included with regular admission: Adults $13; Children, six to 11 $6; Children five and under free.

For additional information call 703-780-2000; TDD call 703-799-8697; or visit the web site at <a href=http://www.mountvernon.org.> www.mountvernon.org</a>