Here's bluegrass on parade

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April 24, 2003|By SUN STAFF

If you love music and parades, then the bluegrass concert at American Celebration on Parade in Shenandoah Caverns, Va., is the perfect event to enjoy this Saturday. Listen to performances by Bob Paisley and the Southern Grass and Foxes on the Run.

During intermission, some of the country's most famous floats will be on display. Twenty-eight parade floats will be there, including the eagle float from President George W. Bush's inaugural parade and floats from past Miss America pageants. The backdrop for the concert will be a huge American flag that was used during Ronald Reagan's first inauguration celebration.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Children under 6 are free. For tickets, call 888-4Cavern or visit www .jambasetickets.com.

-- Miesha Lowery

A Highland fling

Think of it as a vacation to the Scottish Highlands that doesn't require a plane ride.

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Celtic Society of Southern Maryland is sponsoring the 25th annual Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard (10515 Mackall Road). Get in touch with your heritage or explore a new culture as you see grazing sheep, watch hammer-throwing competitions and listen to traditional Celtic music.

The festival is also home to the Eastern United States Highland dancing championships, in which more than 100 dancers compete for the title. Afterward, try to emulate those moves yourself as the celebration continues with a ceilidh (which in Scotland and Ireland means a gathering of people) dance party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids under 5. For more information, visit www.cssm.org or call 410-267-9394.

-- Jessica Myers

`Phases of Conception'

Science meets art in the work of Alice Oh, whose exhibit Phases of Conception contains work inspired by her fascination with biology and microorganisms. Subjects range from microscopic views of plants to views of blood at the cellular level, and mediums used include paintings and installations.

Phases of Conception is on display through May 4 at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. Tickets are $5. Call 215-545-4302 or visit www.philart alliance.org for information.

-- Sun staff

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