Scottish and Irish Music Festival and FairBring the family...

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February 11, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Scottish and Irish Music Festival and Fair

Bring the family to the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, Pa., this weekend to celebrate the songs and sounds of Ireland and Scotland. The entertainment includes Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, Misty Isle, Seamus Kennedy, the Delmar and District Pipe Band, dance groups of Scottish Highlands and Irish step dancers. Each day starts with the skirl of bagpipes. Also, explore the history and heritage of the Celtic lands, find your tartan, sip "the water of life" at the whiskey tasting, trace your family roots at the Clan and Family Center, and feast on fish and chips, meat pies and pastries.

Festivities begin with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, and continue from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The convention center is at 1200 First Ave. Admission is $12 a day, under 12 free. Call 610-825-7268.

George Washington bicentennial

This year, Mount Vernon marks the bicentennial of the death of George Washington with a nationwide commemoration of his life and legacy. "George Washington Bicentennial 1999," an array of celebrations, exhibitions and programs held on the Mount Vernon estate throughout the year, starts Monday with George Washington's 267th birthday celebration and the opening of the exhibition "Mount Vernon As It Was: Over One Hundred Objects From the World and Times of George Washington." The birthday celebration includes a wreath-laying ceremony and a ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling a newly furnished mansion. The exhibition, which runs through Feb. 21, 2000, features Washington-owned and original Mount Vernon furnishings as well as 18th-century artifacts and works of art.

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens is on George Washington Memorial Parkway south of Alexandria, Va. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through February, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March, September, October, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through August. Admission on Monday, President's Day, is free; general admission is $4-$14. Call 800-296-1000.

Pub Date: 02/11/99

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