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April 22, 2004|By Jennifer Lehman

Celtic festival

Bagpipe players, fiddlers and Celtic connoisseurs, don't miss Southern Maryland's 26th annual Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering Saturday in St. Leonard, Calvert County. The gathering, put on by the Celtic Society of Southern Maryland, will feature a caber-tossing competition, cultural cuisine and sheep-shearing demonstrations. Strap on a kilt for the kilted mile run or watch the parades of bagpipe bands with the anticipated 12,000 attendees. The oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland will take place rain or shine, with music performances all day on three covered stages, as well as Irish, English, Scottish and Welsh dances.

The Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard. $5-$15. Call 443-404-7319 or visit www.cssm.org.

Folk art show

Salute American style by joining 110 exhibitors at the York Folk Art and Craft Show this weekend. The show celebrates its 10th anniversary and will feature unique handcrafted furniture and designs. Vendors include Farm Furniture by Robert Burmeister, Country Products by Ennis Antiques, Hidden Treasures by Kathy Graybill and Windsor Chair Shop of Lancaster County.

The York Folk Art and Craft Show will be held 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at York Expo Center, Memorial Hall East, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, Pa. Admission is $7 Friday and $6 Saturday and Sunday. Call 717-796-2380.

Philadelphia Children's Festival

Colorful costumes, intricate acrobatic performances and upbeat music will be found during the Philadelphia International Children's Festival's 20th birthday celebration week. The annual festival provides entertainment geared toward children and their families. The Stars of the Peking Acrobats integrate gymnastic displays and balancing acts, while BAM - The Blue Barrel Show - delivers comical scenarios. Other shows include Gansango Music and Dance, the Jabali Acrobats and A Fool Named `O.'

The Philadelphia International Children's Festival will take place Sunday through Saturday, May 1, in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets $12 for first show, $6 for additional shows. Call 215-898-6789.

Bethesda Literary Festival

Readers of all ages are invited to a three-day festival in Bethesda that will include an adult and youth poetry slam, a children's book party and tales from the White House. Noted authors include Alice McDermott, who wrote Child of My Heart, and Sidney Blumenthal, author of The Clinton Wars. A "Tales of the Tastee Diner" essay contest will award $500 to the person who writes the best memorable moment about the Bethesda restaurant.

The Literary Festival will be held Friday through Sunday in downtown Bethesda. Admission is free. For a complete schedule and directions to the various venues, visit www. bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.

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