Working with Christo takes planning


March 19, 1995|By New York Times News Service

Q: I would like to spend a week of my vacation this year volunteering to help Christo wrap the Reichstag Building in Berlin. Who can I contact to arrange this?

A: The word from Christo's office manager, Calixte Stamp, is that the artist and his wife, Jeanne-Claude, never use volunteers on their projects. Everybody who helps, she says, is paid the minimum wage or above.

NTC But don't make your reservations just yet. To join the Berlin project, which will start June 17 and probably be completed around June 23, you will need to meet the following requirements:

* You must have a German passport or one from another European Union country, allowing you to work in Germany.

* You must have a bank account in Germany, or know someone who has who will agree to let you use it.

* You must have somewhere to stay in Berlin.

If all of those conditions can be met, you should write the project's Berlin office at Verhullter Reichstag, 27 Ebertstrasse, D-10117 Berlin, Germany; fax (49 30) 202 95-170.

Q: I am a doll collector and a crafter and I will be in London from May to the middle of June. Will there be any doll shows or craft fairs there then?

A: The London Dolls House Festival will be held May 13 and 14 at Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street. More than 150 exhibitors will represent just about all the crafts connected with dolls' house building. Also exhibiting will be silversmiths, glassblowers, fine furniture makers and painters of tiny reproduction Old Masters. The festival will be open May 13 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6.50, $3.25 for children under 14, calculated at $1.64 to the pound.

The London International Antique Dolls, Toys, Miniatures and Teddy Bear Fair will be held June 4, also at Kensington Town Hall, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be about 150 stalls with exhibitors from the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Israel. Advance tickets are $5, $2.50 for children, which can be obtained by sending a sterling banker's draft to cover the tickets and postage. Tickets at the door are $8.25, $2.50 for children. Information: Granny's Goodies, Post Office Box 734, Forest Hill, London SE23 2RQ.

Antennae -- the Interior Crafts Fair will be held at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, Chelsea, from May 12 to 14. Seventy-five exhibitors will be selling new handcrafted furniture, textiles and accessories for the home. It is open May 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., May 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5.75. Information: (44 181) 224 2345.

The Contemporary Craft Fair, sponsored by the Craft Movement and set up to help artists and craft workers sell their work directly to the public, will be held at Queen Charlotte Hall, Parkshot, Richmond, west of London, from May 27 to 29. A wide range of crafts will include jewelry, ceramics, furniture, glass, knitwear, papier-mache, textiles and wood. Admission is $5. Information: (44 1373) 453153.

The Country Craft Fayre, with 150 exhibitors, entertainment and demonstrations, will be held June 16 to 18 at Marble Hill House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, west of London. It is open each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5, $1.60 for children 5 to 16. Information: (44 1344) 874787.

Q: I am thinking of traveling to the Canadian Rockies and British Columbia in July for about 12 days. What sort of weather can I expect?

A: The western region of Canada, including the Rockies, is perhaps the country's most climatically favorable: the coastal region escapes harsh Canadian winters, and summers are warm and rarely too hot.

July is on average the hottest month, but in Vancouver, on the coast, you can expect a pleasant high of 74 degrees and a low of 54. Precipitation is at its lowest of the year, at 1.2 inches.

Much farther inland, at Prince George, maximum highs in July are 75 degrees and lows 44, with precipitation at 1.6 inches.

The region is less sunny than much of central Canada, but in summer you can expect eight to nine hours a day.

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