1880s bicycle tourThe Calvert Marine Museum will present...

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October 21, 1999|By Tom LoBianco

1880s bicycle tour

The Calvert Marine Museum will present the Wheelmen of the Potomac Region for an Official High Wheel Tour Saturday (rain date: Sunday.) See the high-wheeling antics of a re-created 1880s bike tour and riders in period costumes. The Wheelmen are a group dedicated to preserving high wheel and antique bicycles from the 1870s, '80s and '90s. They will re-create the type of touring popular from the golden age of biking, when the Wheelmen were 100,000 in number and the largest athletic group in the nation. Riders in the tour will come with antique bikes and period bicycle costumes and uniforms. Refreshments will be offered at the Anne Marie Gardens.

The bicyclists will depart Saturday, 10: 30 a.m., from the Calvert Marine Museum and tour Solomons Island, arriving at Anne Marie Gardens. Call 301-737-4966.

`Celebrating Japan'

Japanese artisans will demonstrate dwindling art forms at Longwood Gardens' Chrysanthemum Festival, Oct. 23 through Nov. 21. Life-sized dolls will be made from more than 20,000 mums, displaying their importance in Japanese culture. Two artisans and three craftsmen from Hirakata Park, Osaka City, Japan will use frames of bamboo and matted straw to create the life-sized figures. The chrysanthemums will also be grown as colorful arrangements, cascades and giant flower curtains. Doll collections of kokeshi and kyohobina court dolls will be displayed in the Conservatory Music Room. During the week, children's stories, cooking demonstrations and talks on Japanese art will be held. On weekends, artists will perform ethnic dances, strolling puppet theater, martial arts and a tea ceremony.

"Celebrating Japan" will be held Oct. 23-Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Longwood Gardens, U.S. Route 1, Kennett Square, Pa. $12 ($8 on Tuesdays); $6 ages 16-20; $2 ages 6-15; under 6 free. Call 1-800-737-5500.

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