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Trips: road trips, regional events

May 13, 2004|By Lori Sears

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

Find original art and fine arts and crafts by 150 artists and craftsmen at this weekend's Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. Taking place in downtown Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle, the festival features paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, furniture, mixed media and more.

Artists from about 20 states, including Maryland artists Karen Clark, Mark Cottman, Amy Lambert, Louis Spear and Jonathan Gledhill, will show and sell their work. The festival will have music from Trio Joyoso, Halley Shoenberg, Keltish, Alexandria Kleztet, Mystic Warriors, David Bach and the James Bazen Project, as well as kids' activities and food from Bethesda-area restaurants.

The festival runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk and Auburn avenues, Bethesda. Free admission. Call 301-215-6660 or visit

Guppy Gala

The Guppy Gala is no ritzy, exclusive event. Tomorrow's gala at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington is very much geared to children and families. The fund-raiser for the zoo's conservation and public-education programs treats visitors to a wild party with games, activities, live entertainment, animal encounters, lots of food and more.

Flumpa the Frog, the Great Zucchini, That Yo-Yo Guy, jugglers, magicians, clowns and strolling musicians entertain. Geared mostly to children ages 2 to 12, the event also offers puppet shows, rock-climbing walls, an obstacle course, moon bounces, gymnastics demonstrations, zoo tours and all-you-can-eat treats.

The Guppy Gala runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington. $28; $20 for members of the National Zoo. Call 202-673-4613.

Brown v. Board of Education exhibit

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. An exhibit celebrating the landmark decision that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal," handed down in the 1954 Supreme Court case, will open at the Library of Congress in Washington. The exhibit "With an Even Hand: Brown v. Board at Fifty" opens today and remains through Nov. 13.

The exhibit includes more than 100 items, all from the Library of Congress' collection, including photos, books, manuscripts, political cartoons, maps, music and films. The exhibit delves into the decision and subsequent related cases, as well as the public response to the decision and its legacy.

"With an Even Hand: Brown v. Board at Fifty" runs today through Nov. 13 at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Free admission. Call 202-707-5000 or visit

`A Day in Old New Castle'

What's old is new again in Delaware this weekend. Spend "A Day in Old New Castle" Saturday in Delaware's oldest city. The 80th annual event includes a house and garden tour, Colonial re-enactments, military maneuvers, period music and dance and storytelling. Paid admission to the event includes access to the Dutch and Amstel houses, New Castle Historical Society museums and the George Read House.

The event runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in Old New Castle, Del. $15; $10 ages 5 and up. Call 877-496-9498 or visit for locations and directions.

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