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October 07, 2004|By Ashley Burrell

Seaport party

Twenty families will build their own wooden rowboats on Saturday at the annual Alexandria Seaport Day presented by the Alexandria Seaport Foundation. Visitors to the event can watch the building and take part in waterfront activities.

Wooden boats will be on display, and children will have the opportunity to build replica model boats to sail on a pond. The foundation's 42-foot dory boat will take visitors on a ride on the Potomac. Food will be available from Hard Times Cafe, and educational demonstrations will take place in a "magic circle" where children will learn the fundamentals of geometry.

Seaport Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and will take place at the Waterfront Park, between King and Prince streets in Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-549-7078 or visit www.

Book celebration

Joyce Carol Oates, R.L. Stine, Sandra Brown, Anna Quindlen and Marc Brown, as well as more than 70 other award-winning authors, illustrators and poets, will be available for book signing at this year's National Book Festival on Saturday. Laura Bush will be host at this year's festival on the National Mall.

Players from the National Basketball Association's "Read to Achieve" program will be among the presenters in the Children's Pavilion. Kids also can meet some of their favorite storybook and television characters, such as Arthur and Clifford the Big Red Dog. The Library of Congress Pavilion will feature two oral history projects: Voices of Civil Rights and the Veterans History Project.

The National Book Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the National Mall, between Seventh and 14th streets Southwest in Washington. The festival is free and open to the public. Call 888-714-4696. Visit

Step back in time

Victorian culture and heritage will be celebrated during Cape May's 32nd annual Victorian Week, which runs tomorrow to Oct. 17.

Ten days of activities include historic tours, Victorian fashion shows, vintage-dance weekend, murder-mystery dinners, brass-band concerts, lectures and workshops.

New events include a tea luncheon and "Fashion Articles and Artifacts" lecture, a Halloween plants workshop with Lorraine Keifer, an exhibit of Victorian ladies clothing and the Chocolate Fantasy Buffet.

The Victorian Murder Mystery Dinners will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday at the Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St. in Cape May, N.J. Enjoy Southern-style dining while taking part in a dinner-theater performance. Tickets are $40.

For more information about Cape May's 32nd annual Victorian Week, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

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