You can tour the mansion, the former home of George Washington's nephew and adopted daughter, Lawrence and Nelly Custis Lewis, or relax on the grounds under the 200-year-old oak trees, where costumed interpreters will tell stories and play folk music. There will be 19th century crafts demonstrations, old-fashioned games for children, strolling musicians and food for sale.
Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for seniors and students. Woodlawn is at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Virginia Route 235 in Mount Vernon. Follow the signs from Interstate 95. Call (703) 780-4000.
The 7th annual USAir Jambalaya Jam will launch the summer season in Philadelphia. Three days of non-stop music will take place Memorial Day weekend at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's waterfront park on the Delaware River.
The festival features the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans. You'll hear jazz, zydeco, Cajun, Dixieland and other musical beats and feast on shrimp creole, chicken sausage jambalaya, blackened chicken po' boy and hush puppies.
Fats Domino headlines a group of musicians that includes the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. John, the Olympia Brass Band, C. J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band and many others.
Children will have their own Junior Jam each day from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. They can attend workshops, jam with some of the musicians, march in the Mardi Gras parade, and make musical instruments, masks and beaded necklaces with staff from the Please Touch Museum for children. There will also be a variety of handmade Louisiana and Philadelphia crafts for sale.
Hours are 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Memorial Day. Admission is $12 for adults; $1 for ages 2 to 12. Additional parking facilities will be available in Camden, N.J. You can park at the New Jersey State Aquarium in Camden and board the Delaware River Ferry to Penn's Landing. A water taxi also makes stops along the Philadelphia waterfront.
For information, call (215) 636-1666.
The 16th annual Vandalia Gathering celebrates West Virginia's mountain culture, arts, music, dance, crafts and food. This family-style folk festival will be held on the grounds of the State Capitol and Cultural Center in Charleston, W.Va., from Friday through next Sunday.
Hours are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call (304) 558-0220.