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December 23, 2004|By Sam Sessa | Sam Sessa,SUN STAFF

Art in miniature

Good things come in small packages. The Mansion at Strathmore, in North Bethesda, presents its International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature through Dec. 30.

The largest of its kind, the exhibition features paintings, calligraphy, drawings, sculpture, graphics and collage at no more than 1/6 the size of the original. This means that no image can be bigger than 25 square inches (5 inches square, for example). Sponsored by the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, the exhibit is in the mansion's Gudelsky Gallery Suite.

Strathmore is in North Bethesda, just outside the Capital Beltway at 10701 Rockville Pike. The Mansion at Strathmore's Gudelsky Gallery Suite hosts the "Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature" through Dec. 30. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Call 301-530-0540.

Gingerbread House

Catch the last day of Dutch Wonderland's Holiday Gingerbread House exhibit today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eight professionally made gingerbread houses were entered in a competition at the Lancaster, Pa., family amusement park, and visitors can see the champion.

Some of the gingerbread houses are a "Candylane Castle," complete with a path of starburst candies that imitates the game board of "Candyland"; a replica of the Dutch Wonderland castle, a house named "Santa's Summer Beach Shack" and a castle featuring SpongeBob SquarePants.

Dutch Wonderland's Gingerbread House exhibit runs today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to the park is $4.95 per person and includes select rides, entertainment and attractions. Parking is free, and the park is at 2249 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster, Pa. Call 866-386-2839.

Carriage ride

Celebrate the holidays in a traditional fashion with a carriage ride through Frederick's historic districts Sunday.

The carriages start the 30-minute rides at Brewer's Alley restaurant and brewery and make their way through the historic district. Each carriage holds about a dozen people. Riders can reserve carriages in advance or pick up tickets at the William Talley Recreation Center, 121 N. Bentz St. in Frederick. Tickets for the holiday carriage rides are $10 for those age 13 and older, $7 for ages 3-12, and kids 3 and younger ride for free. Call 301-694-1492.

Brewer's Alley is at 124 N. Market St. in Frederick.

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