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March 22, 2001|By Karin Remesch

Happy birthday, Maryland

Celebrate Maryland's 367th birthday Sunday at St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum in Coltons Point. Ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. on the museum grounds overlooking St. Clement's Island - the exact spot where the first English colonists landed March 25, 1634. The historical tribute to the birth of Maryland features guest speakers, local choral groups, an excerpt from the theater production "Tide of Tolerance," the St. Maries Citty Militia, a colorful flag ceremony with fourth-grade students from across Maryland carrying county flags and more. Afterward, visitors can board the museum's water taxi and ride to St. Clement's Island to discover Maryland's beginning.

The celebration is held in partnership with Historic St. Mary's City. The museum is at the end of Route 242 south, off Routes 5 or 234. Admission is free. Call 301-769-2222.

Cherry Blossom Festival opens in Washington

Celebrate the blossoming of more than 3,700 cherry trees in the nation's capital at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, beginning Sunday and continuing through April 8. Opening ceremonies with Japanese and American entertainment start at 1 p.m. Sunday on the Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer of the Kennedy Center, off Virginia and New Hampshire avenues Northwest. Other events throughout the two-week celebration include concerts, cultural fairs, athletic tournaments and children's activities. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. March 31, proceeding along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets Northwest.

And don't miss the 12th Street Sakura Matsuri Festival, one of the largest Japanese-American street festivals in the United States - noon to 5 p.m. March 31 on 12th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues Northwest.

As for the cherry blossoms, they are expected to be at their peak March 31 through April 4.

Most events are free. Parade grandstand tickets are $14. Call 202-432-SEAT. For a schedule of festival activities, call 202-547-1500 or visit the Web site at www.nationalcherry blossomfestival.org.

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