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February 17, 2005

Presidents' Day at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon celebrates the 273rd birthday of our founding father Saturday through Presidents' Day Monday.

Enjoy a Colonial-style breakfast, fife and drum corps music, living-history re-enactments, a participatory parade and battle demonstrations at Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Admission to Mount Vernon is free on Monday. A ceremonial wreath-laying at Washington's tomb is at 10:15 a.m.

Breakfast is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday. Parade is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All-day celebration 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens is at 3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon, Va. Breakfast and parade are included in admission fee: $4.50-$9. Other events and admission Monday are free. Call 703-780-2000.

Presidents' Weekend

Colonial Williamsburg offers a salute to presidents Sunday at Market Square. Presented by Colonial Williamsburg's Founding Fathers, the event features living-history portrayals, music, talks and more on three Virginia-born presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

Event runs from 10 a.m. to around 9 p.m. Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. to around 9 p.m. Sunday at Market Square in the heart of Williamsburg, Va., off Exit 238 of Interstate 64. A $15-$34 Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket gets you into most events. Call 800-HISTORY or visit www.cwf.org.

- Claire Wang

Boat show

The Richmond Boat Show is today through Sunday at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Richmond, Va. More than 40 dealers will display ski boats, bass boats, motor yachts, pontoons, saltwater boats, jet boats, deck boats, runabouts and boating accessories.

The Richmond Boat Show runs 2 p.m.-9 p.m. today and tomorrow, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va. $7; $2 ages 6-16; free for ages 5 and under. Call 804-425-6556 or visit www.royalshows.com.

- Lori Sears

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