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March 08, 2001|By Karin Remesch

`Sherlock Holmes Weekend' in Cape May

Cape May's grand Victorian homes and gas-lighted streets provide the backdrop for three days of intrigue, suspense, clue searches and live performances in honor of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes.

"Sherlock Holmes Weekend" begins at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow with a welcoming reception at the Savannah Key Restaurant in the Marquis de Lafayette Hotel. There you'll meet Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson and the cast of players in a theatrical performance. Check out the crime scenes, interview suspicious characters and gather theories to solve the mystery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during the "Search for Clues" tour through Victorian homes. And at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, after a hearty brunch, join Holmes, Dr. Watson and the cast to crack the case.

The event is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. The cost for the mystery weekend is $80 a person, $150 a couple (overnight accommodations not included). Admission to the "Search for Clues" tour only is $15. Call 800-275-4278.

Environmental Film Festival

Films from around the world will put the spotlight on environmental issues during the ninth annual Environmental Film Festival in Washington. Starting with pre-festival events Monday and Tuesday and continuing March 15-25, the festival features more than 100 documentary, feature, animated, archival and children's films. Most screenings include discussions with prize-winning filmmakers or environmental experts. Major themes of the festival include exploration in extreme environments; the struggles of indigenous people around the world to preserve their cultures; advances in organic farming; and water quality, from Sydney Harbour to the Chesapeake Bay.

The films will be shown at some 45 venues, including museums, embassies, libraries, universities and international institutions. Almost all screenings are free. For a film brochure, call 202-342-2564 or visit the Web site at www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

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