`Slave Life at Mount Vernon' The lives and...

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January 31, 2002|By Karin Remesch

`Slave Life at Mount Vernon'

The lives and contributions of the slaves who built and operated George and Martha Washington's plantation home in Mount Vernon, Va., will be honored during "Slave Life at Mount Vernon," a monthlong Black History Month program. Each day throughout February, historic interpreters will be stationed at Mount Vernon's slave quarters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk to visitors about the lives of slaves who remained on the estate until they were freed Jan. 1, 1801, after Washington provided for their emancipation in his will. A wreath-laying in honor of the slaves takes place at noon daily at the Slave Memorial Site.

In addition to the daily activities, weekend visitors can participate in a program of African-American music, singing and storytelling with slave-life interpreter Larry Earl (pictured).

Hours for the weekend program are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, located at the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily in February - hours change in March. Admission is $4.50-$8.50. Call 703-780-2000.

Hershey Chocolatefest weekend

Sample sweet indulgences Sunday afternoon at Chocolatefest at Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pa. More than 50 bakeries, caterers, candy makers, restaurants and culinary schools will offer a taste of chocolate and nonchocolate creations. You can preview the decadent delights at a champagne reception preceding the Chocolatefest. The annual event, which benefits Keystone Human Services, also includes a silent auction, live entertainment, a cake competition and children's activities.

And, if you prefer to spend the weekend in the Chocolate Capital, you can dance the night away Saturday at the fourth annual black-tie "Chocolate Ball."

Hours for Chocolatefest are 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $17.50 advance, $20 at the door, $5 ages 4-12; the champagne reception, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., is $50, $5 ages 4-12 and includes admission to the Chocolatefest; the Chocolate Ball, 6:30 p.m. to midnight, is $100-$150. Call 717-232-7509.

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