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July 22, 2004|By Jeffrey Dieter

Scottish gathering

Celebrate like a Scot even if you aren't Scottish at the 31st Annual Virginia Scottish Games and the Gathering of the Clans in Alexandria, Va. The three days of fun will include bagpipe bands, dancing competitions, a British antique car show, clan tents, pub tent activities, crafts, food and more. You can even bring your Scottish terrier. Only well-mannered, leashed dogs, please.

The Scottish Games run tomorrow through Sunday at Episcopal High School, 3901 W. Braddock Road in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $15 for one day and $20 for two days. Children 5-12 years old admitted for $5. Call 703-912-1943 or visit www.vascottishgames .org.

Longwood evenings

Fire up three summer evenings with a visit to the 1,050-acre horticultural landmark aptly named Longwood Gardens. Fireworks and illuminated fountains will bloom harmoniously with classics by Puccini and Respighi during the July and August events. American patriotic accompaniments are scheduled for the final show in September.

Event dates are tomorrow, Aug. 20 and Sept. 11. Tickets are $22 for adults when purchased in advance and $10 for 15 and under. All other tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for 15 and under. Parking is an additional $5 per car. For more information or to purchase tickets call 610-388-1000 or visit www.longwood Longwood Gardens is on U.S. 1 in Kennett Square, Pa.

Ice Cream Festival

Chill out and have some ice cream at New Jersey's second annual Ice Cream Festival. There will be demonstrations of making ice cream the old-fashioned way, as well as games, rides, food and entertainment. You'll also get the inside scoop on which ice cream is voted "New Jersey's Best." Or, try all the flavors and find your own favorite.

Festival runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, on Washington Street in Toms River, N.J. For adults and children, admission is $4, which includes a voting packet and a 2-ounce sample cup of ice cream from each contestant. Call 732-341-8738 or visit

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