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Trips: Road Trips, Regional Events

August 12, 2004

Antiques show

Purchase antiques while experiencing life as it was when the items were modern. Browse furniture, quilts and more along the shell-paved lanes of Historic Cold Spring Village, N.J., on Saturday and Sunday while the daily life of an 1800s community is re-created around you. Afterward, attend the free Festive Brass concert at the Village Gazebo on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

The village is on Route 9 between Rio Grande and Cape May. It is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Tuesday through Friday, free horse-drawn wagon rides and educational activities for children are offered. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children under 3. Call 609-898-2300 or visit www.hcsv.org .

Prepare for battle

Go back to 1814 from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and watch British and American troops from the War of 1812, portrayed by actors, prepare for the Battle of Bladensburg at the Riversdale House Museum. Learn history while watching cannon firing and gunnery drills or listen to music and discuss Anthony Pitch's new book, The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814, with him.

Riversdale is at 4811 Riverdale Road in Riverdale Park. Events on the grounds are free. House tours are $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, $1 for students and free for children under 5. Call 301-864-0420 or visit www.pgparks.com.

Pen show

See pens from around the world at the 12th annual Pen SuperShow Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Vienna, Va. Find pens from as far back as the 1880s, and get your pens evaluated for free. On-site repairmen will be available, and handwriting tips will also be provided.

The show will be held at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike. Admission is $6. For more information, call 703-448-1234 or visit www.pencentral.com/penshow.

- Vera Eidelman

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