Virginia Stamp Festival Novice and serious collectors...


March 21, 2002|By Karin Remesch

Virginia Stamp Festival

Novice and serious collectors alike can buy, sell or trade stamps, covers, paper memorabilia and stamp supplies Saturday and Sunday at the 40th Northern Virginia Stamp Festival at Tyson's Westpark Hotel in McLean, Va. Exhibitors from six states will participate. Collectors can also learn about stamp history, view an exhibit of the rare "1901 Inverted Train" stamp, which is valued at $75,000, and have stamps and stamp collection appraised free of charge. And there's a youth area, where free stamps, seminars and literature will be offered and questions about stamp collecting will be answered.

The festival site is at 8401 Westpark Drive. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 703-734-2800.

Indoor Easter display at Longwood Gardens

Fragrant lilies trumpet the arrival of spring and the opening of the annual Easter display Saturday inside the conservatory at Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, Pa. Hundreds of Easter lilies will fill two central greenhouses, and flowers in the beds will look as if they've been tinted with Easter egg colors. Blue, pink and white hydrangeas will border the indoor lawns, while yellow-eyed marguerites will weave their way through spires of blue delphiniums. Pastel snapdragons and multihued columbines are also part of the colorful display.

The gardens, on U.S. 1, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in March and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in April; the conservatory opens at 10 a.m. Admission is $12 ($8 Tuesdays), $6 ages 16-20, $2 ages 6-15, free under age 6. Call 800-737-5500 or 610-388-1000.

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