Riversdale holds an open house

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December 18, 2003|By Meredith James

Federal-era Riversdale House Museum opens its festively decorated doors Sunday for its Holiday Open House. Costumed interpreters will greet guests as they enter the mansion, which offers a punch bowl, open-hearth cooking, refreshments and activities for children. Visitors can tour the mansion, a National Historic Landmark, which will be decked out in 19th-century finery. The museum shop, featuring books, toys and other gifts, will also be open.

Riversdale is at 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, near the intersection of Kenilworth Avenue and East West Highway in Prince George's County. The event is Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, and children ages 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 301-864-0420.

Brickman in concert

Jim Brickman is performing a holiday concert Saturday in Frederick. He is showing off a collection of holiday songs from his new album, Peace. The pianist/composer will play original pieces as well as traditional holiday favorites.

Brickman plays Saturday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Tickets are $32-$42 and are available by calling 301-228-2828 or by visiting www.weinbergcenter.org.

Holiday Celtic music

On Saturday and Sunday, Maggie Sansone will bring her version of Celtic music to the BlackRock Center for the Arts' stage in Germantown. A hammered dulcimer player, Sansone is known internationally for her art. She presents her distinctive style with traditional Christmas carols, songs and Irish music and dance.

Sansone's performances are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at BlackRock Center, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children. For more information, call 301-528-2260 or visit www.blackrockcenter.org.

Women in portraits

Portraits of Women by Women: Photographs From the Permanent Collection, a new exhibit from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, showcases photographs of females who have made a contribution to American or European culture. The collection includes artists, actresses, writers, fashion designers and editors, among them Ingrid Bergman, Margaret Bourke-White, Mae West, Janet Flanner, Coco Chanel and Diana Vreeland. Most of the photographs were taken by Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Berenice Abbott.

The exhibit opens Monday and runs through May 16. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is at 1250 New York Ave. N.W., Washington, two blocks north of Metro Center. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and those ages 60 and older and free for NMWA members and youth ages 18 and under. For more information, call 202-783-5000 or visit www.nmwa.org.

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