Marine exhibit in Wilmington You can travel through...

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February 14, 2002|By Karin Remesch

Marine exhibit in Wilmington

You can travel through four centuries of French warfare, naval exploration, scientific voyage, sea trade and pleasure sailing when Le Grand Voyage: Treasures From the National Marine Museum in Paris opens Saturday at the First USA Riverfront Arts Center in Wilmington, Del. The exhibit of more than 200 marine treasures from the 16th to 20th centuries includes historic ship models, paintings, navigational and scientific instruments, maps, drawings, photographs, sculpture, engravings and toys. Among the featured items are a pre-1770 model of the Protector, a 64-gun vessel that took part in the Revolutionary War, and a gilded wooden figurehead from Marie Antoinette's pleasure craft.

The exhibit, which is touring the United States for the first time, continues through May 19. The arts center is at 800 S. Madison St. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6-$14. Call 888-862-ARTS.

Scottish and Irish Music Festival and Fair

Celebrate the songs and sounds of Ireland and Scotland Saturday and Sunday at the Scottish and Irish Music Festival and Fair at the Valley Forge Convention Center, Route 363 in King of Prussia, Pa. Entertainment begins each day with the skirl of the bagpipe in the morning and continues with Scottish and Irish singers and dancers through the evening. Performers include Seven Nations, Blackthorn, Celtic Soul, the Wicked Tinkers, Neil Anderson and Friends and Andy Cooney. Visitors can also explore the rich history and heritage of the Celtic lands; find their family tartan; sip "the water of life" at the Whiskey Tasting; trace family roots at the Clan and Family Center; buy clothing and jewelry; feast on fish and chips, meat pies and pastries; and dance a fling or a two-step.

The festival previews with a Celtic concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Festival hours are 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 a day. Call 610-825-7268.

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