Book festival hits National Mall


Trips: road trips, regional events

October 02, 2003|By SUN STAFF

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the National Mall will be overrun by avid readers and more than 80 award-winning authors, illustrators and storytellers. The free National Book Festival is sponsored by the Library of Congress. First lady Laura Bush is the host. It features pavilions for many interests: Home and Family, Poetry, Teens and Children, Fiction and Imagination, Mysteries and Thrillers, History and Biography, Storytelling, Let's Read America and Pavilion of the States.

Festival-goers can buy books or bring their own for authors to sign. Some of the authors scheduled to make appearances this year are Julie Andrews, James Patterson, Avi, R.L. Stine, Walter Dean Myers and Julia Glass. In addition, several celebrities, such as chef Jacques Pepin and Paige Davis of Trading Spaces, will be on hand to celebrate reading.

The festival is free and will take place between 7th and 14th streets in Washington. For more information and a complete list of scheduled events and authors, visit www.loc .gov/bookfest or call 888-714-4696.

Cathedral singalong

Tune your vocal cords for Cathedral Sings! a community event at the National Cathedral in which anyone can participate. Music director J. Reilly Lewis of the Cathedral Choral Society will direct Faure's Requiem Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Join professionals and both local and foreign visitors in this popular singalong. No auditions are held.

The Washington National Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues Northwest, Washington. The cost is $7 for singers, $5 for listeners. Reservations are not required but are recommended. They can be made by calling 202-537-5527. Musical scores can be brought or rented for $1. Visit www for more information.

-- Meredith James

Taste of Bethesda

Bring an appetite to Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle Saturday for the 14th Annual Taste of Bethesda Food and Music Festival. Past events have attracted more than 40,000 people. This year, more than 50 restaurants will be on hand along Fairmont, Norfolk, St. Elmo, Del Ray and Cordell avenues. Four stages of entertainment will feature musical and cultural performances. Don't forget to stop by the children's area with the kids for additional fun. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is a component of "Best of Bethesda Day," which includes Come Back to Bethesda, a car show and family-day fund-raiser that will benefit the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Admission is free. Tickets will be sold on site to taste different foods (a serving costs one to three tickets). Free parking is available in downtown Bethesda's public garages. The event is also accessible from the Bethesda or NIH Metro stations. For information, call 301-215-6660 or visit

Joy of small boats

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Navy Point campus will be besieged by kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, rowing shells, sailing skiffs, prams and more as the 21st Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival is held Saturday in St. Michaels. The popular gathering of small and unique boats will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will offer boat-building demonstrations, sailing, paddling and rowing competitions, and the opportunity to chat with amateur and professional boaters. Attendees may also participate in the museum's Apprentice for a Day program to help build rowing and sailing skiffs. Pre-registration for the program is encouraged but not required.

Admission to the Small Craft Festival is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $4 for individuals 6 to 17, and free for children 5 and under and for museum members. The Apprentice for a Day program is $15 for members; $25 for non-members. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is on Mill Street in St. Michaels. Call 410-745-2916 or visit

-- Julia Furlong

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