"Military Through the Ages" presents a review of military warfare over the past 2,000 years from Boudicca's rebellion, the Celtic revolt against Roman rule in Britain in 61 A.D., to the Vietnam War. The annual event will be held next weekend at Jamestown Settlement near Williamsburg, Va.
Jamestown Settlement's own re-enactment group, the Company of James Fort, will act as host of the annual event, which will draw more than 30 re-enactment groups from across the country. You can see units representing the Viking era, the First Crusade, the Jacobite rebellion, the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War and both world wars.
There will be tours of authentic military encampments, where visitors can talk with men and women who portray life from various eras. A Celtic chariot, swords, muskets, cannons and machine guns are just some of the weapons of war that will be on display. Groups will engage in demonstrations of firing and non-firing weapons, mock skirmishes, drills and other camp-life activities. On Sunday afternoon there will be a parade at 3 p.m. of all the participating groups.
Admission is $7 for adults, $3.50 for ages 6 to 12. Jamestown Settlement is on state Route 31 at the Colonial Parkway southwest of Williamsburg. For information, call (804) 229-1607.
The eighth edition of Philadelphia's "The Book and the Cook," a five-day food festival, will be held Wednesday through Sunday. This culinary extravaganza was organized in 1985 to call attention to the wide choice of restaurant fare in Philadelphia. Famous cookbook authors and food authorities come to join forces with Philadelphia chefs to create one-of-a-kind meals at restaurants throughout the city.
Food lovers may choose from a total of 66 dining events and appearances by more than 50 cookbook authors and food and wine experts. All meals are served on a fixed-price basis, plus tax and gratuities, and range in price from $15 to $90 per person.
Other scheduled events include:
*The three-day "Heart of the Market" celebration at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market, which is observing its 100th anniversary, making it one of the country's oldest continuously operating food markets. Features of that event -- which will be held Thursday through Saturday -- are appearances by cookbook authors, book signings, cooking demonstrations, a panel discussion and a guided tour of the market that includes samplings from merchants.
* "The Book and the Cook," now in its third year, moves to larger quarters at the Philadelphia Marine Center on Pier 19, Delaware Avenue at Penn's Landing. This fair is scheduled on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features more than 100 exhibitors who will present new food ideas and free samples, kitchen remodeling ideas, home entertainment, cookware and cookbooks and cookbook authors. Admission is $7 per person, $4 for children under 12.
* The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau will sponsor "Wines, Waters and Beers of the World" on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 33rd and Spruce streets. It is part of "Neighbors in the New World," a 1992 Columbus quincentenary celebration. This will be an afternoon of food and beverage sampling, presentations, lectures, workshops and tours of the museum's collection of food- and drink-related artifacts from all over the world. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $30.
* Other festival events include "An Italian Market Tasting Tour" on Saturday; "Paris in Philadelphia -- A Cafe Tour" on Sunday, and "Classes for Connoisseurs" at several area stores.
For a brochure on "The Book and the Cook," which details all the events, call (800) 537-7676 or (215) 636-1666.
St. Patrick's Day brings a number of events this week. The annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Washington takes place today at 1 p.m. For information, call (301) 424-2200.
On St. Patrick's Day, a celebration will be held at Arlington House, located in the middle of Arlington National Cemetery. The program opens on the lawn in front of the house at 1:30 p.m. with Irish bagpipe music and speakers representing the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Embassy of Ireland. Afterward there will be a procession to the George Washington Parke Custis grave, where shamrocks will be planted.
George Washington Parke Custis, who built Arlington House, was the foster son of George Washington. He became an ardent supporter of Irish independence and was overheard to say that he hoped when Ireland was free someone would drop a shamrock on his grave. The National Park Service has been holding this commemorative St. Patrick's Day ceremony since the 1950s.
After the graveside ceremony, there will be an informal program of Irish ballads in the main parlor of Arlington House. Call (703) 557-0613.
Paul VI Institute for the Arts at St. Patrick's Church in Washington sponsors the Festival of St. Patrick, an annual Irish cultural festival, throughout most of March. Events include a lecture series, an art exhibition, a film festival, a stage production, a book fair and arts and crafts. Most activities take place at St. Patrick's Carroll Hall, 924 G St. N.W.
All events are free, with the exception of the theater production. Tickets for the play cost $18 Friday and Saturday evenings, $15 for all other performances. Call (202) 529-2084. For information on other festival activities, call (202) 347-1450.
The Museum of American Frontier Culture in Staunton, Va., celebrates the "wearin' of the green" this weekend with activities planned through Tuesday at the museum's Scotch-Irish farm. For information, call (703) 332-7850.