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Trips: road trips, regional events

May 20, 2004|By Lori Sears

Rhubarb Festival

Rhubarb gets a bad rap. Perhaps because of its tart taste. Or its texture. Or possibly because of its silly name or the perception that it's old-fashioned. Regardless, the vegetable (yes, it's a vegetable, not a fruit) has its fans.

In celebration of rhubarb and the first harvest of the year, Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, Pa., is throwing a Rhubarb Festival tomorrow and Saturday.

Visitors can enjoy a "Best Rhubarb Dessert in Lancaster County" baking contest, take a "Rollicking Rhubarb Stroll," play at the "Rhubarb Arcade of Kids' Games," watch a "Rhubarb Race Car Derby" and more. There will also be an array of rhubarb-inspired foods, including rhubarb jams and various baked goods.

Kitchen Kettle Village, celebrating its 50th year, features nearly 40 arts and crafts shops and food places. Visitors can watch food and craft demonstrations throughout the village, see a classic-car exhibit, watch dance and hula-hoop contests and catch live '50's-style musical entertainment.

The Rhubarb Festival runs 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at Kitchen Kettle Village, off Route 340, Intercourse, Pa. Free. Call 800-732-3538 or visit www. for directions.

`Dogs!" exhibit

Loving, protective and smart, dogs are, of course, more than just man's best friend. They're our closest ally and most loyal partner. The new exhibit Dogs: Wolf, Myth, Hero and Friend, in honor of our furry compadres, kicks off at the National Geographic Museum in Washington today and runs through Sept. 6.

The exhibit, devoted to the relationship between humans and dogs, has multimedia displays, photo murals and dioramas, each delving into how the human/canine relationship began, how dogs have evolved, how they communicate with each other and humans, and what traits they have that are so very useful to humans.

At the exhibit, visitors can try to guess what howling dogs are "saying," or test their human nose against that of a dog's (which has 25 times the smell receptors), or climb into a simulated snow scene and be rescued by a search dog. Visitors can also learn about responsible pet ownership.

An opening event takes place Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., outside the museum. "Dog Day Afternoon at National Geographic" includes demonstrations by bomb-sniffing and rescue dogs, Jack Russell terrier races, agility-course demonstrations, a shelter-dog fashion show, obedience training, dancing-dog demonstrations and more. Dogs (on leashes) are welcome to attend.

The exhibit runs today through Sept. 6 at the National Geographic Museum, Explorers Hall, 17th and M streets Northwest, Washington. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Call 202-857-7588 or visit

Cape May Music Festival

From chamber music to world music, the Cape May Music Festival in New Jersey has it all. The 15th annual festival runs for four weeks and celebrates all things music, from Sunday through June 20 at the Cape May Convention Hall and the Episcopal Church of the Advent.

The festival kicks off with the Celtic sounds of Gaelic Storm Sunday at the Convention Hall. Tuesday, the New York Chamber Ensemble performs "Bohemian Rhapsody: A Tribute to Antonin Dvorak" at the Episcopal Church of the Advent. On May 27, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony performs at the Convention Hall. Other performers include the John Breslin Dixieland Band, Klingon Klez, Flamenco Ole!, New Jersey Symphony Chamber Players, D.C.'s Finest A.K.A. the Doo Wop Cops and others.

The Cape May Music Festival runs Sunday through June 20 at the Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Drive at Stockton Place, and the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets, Cape May, N.J. $5-$22. Call 800-275-4278 or visit

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