Antiques and craft shows, and the Pride

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Trips: road trips, regional events

November 20, 2003|By Julia Furlong

There will be antiques galore at the Historic Alexandria Antiques Show tomorrow through Sunday in Alexandria, Va. The event supports the preservation projects of the Historic Alexandria Foundation. Forty-four dealers hailing from 14 states and England will offer the best in 17th- to 19th-century American, English and Continental furniture, prints, maps, oil paintings, watercolors, Chinese export, English ceramics, jewelry, silver, early glass and brassware, Oriental rugs and textiles, folk art, Shaker goods, ship models, barometers and much more.

The Historic Alexandria Antiques Show will be held at the Holiday Inn and Suites at 625 First St. in Alexandria. The show is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10. Call 703-549-5811 or 410-961-5121, or visit www.armacostantiques shows.com.

Visit Baltimore's `Pride'

After sailing 200,000 miles and visiting more than 200 ports in 40 countries, Pride of Baltimore II is taking a quick pit stop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels on Saturday.

The two-masted sailing ship, a replica of the 1812-era Baltimore clipper that helped America win the War of 1812, will let down its gangplank to sightseers from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the museum's Navy Point campus. Inspection of the boat is included with museum admission.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is on Mill Street in St. Michaels. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors over 62, $4 for children 6-17 and free for children under 6. Call 410-745-2916 or visit online www.cbmm.org.

Decatur by candlelight

The Stephen Decatur House Museum on Lafayette Square in Washington will welcome visitors tonight at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. for candlelight tours. Tonight's tours will focus on the night of March 21, 1820, when naval hero Stephen Decatur and his wife, Susan, were hosts of a party at their grand mansion. During the party, attendees noticed that Commodore Decatur was conspicuously preoccupied. The next morning, he engaged in a duel with Commodore James Barron, which led to Decatur's death. It would be a day of mourning for the entire country.

The Stephen Decatur House Museum is at 748 Jackson Place N.W. in Washington. Admission is $5 for Decatur House members, $7.50 for non-members and $6 for students with valid school ID. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Call 202-842-0920.

Holiday antiques show

It'll be a "Dickens of a Christmas" at the Maryland Antiques Center on Saturday and Sunday in Leonardtown. The open house includes free gifts from Santa's Christmas bag, refreshments and music.

The Maryland Antiques Center is on Route 5 south of the Route 243 intersection in Leonardtown. It runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Tea Room will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Admission is free. Call 410-475-1960.

Washington Craft Show

The 16th Annual Washington Craft Show will present a feast of American creativity tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at the new Washington Convention Center.

More than 185 American artists (out of 1,053 applicants) from 36 states will present jewelry, basketry, furniture, metal, wood, wearable art and more. There will be two lectures tomorrow sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance: independent art consultant Michael Monroe at 11 a.m., and 2001 Masters of the Medium Award in Glass winner Dan Dailey at 2 p.m.

The Washington Craft Show runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow, 10 am.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The Washington Convention Center is at 801 Mount Vernon Place N.W. in Washington. General admission is $12, senior citizen admission is $10 and children under 12 are free. Call 202-249-3000 or visit www.crafts america shows.com.

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