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June 23, 2005|By Kate Campbell

Civil War Days

Visitors to Gettysburg, Pa., Saturday through July 3 can participate in so many Civil War activities they'll believe the 1863 battle is still on.

The annual Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days has made the American Bus Association's Top 100 events list 10 times in the past 20 years, and this 23rd edition will feature bands, lectures, tours and re-enactments. "Confederates Take the Schriver House," a living history performance, reproduces the seizure of George Schriver's home on Baltimore Street, complete with soldiers crouched in the sharpshooters' nest in the building's garret.

Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days runs from Saturday to July 3. For a full schedule of events and addresses, call 800-337-5015 or visit www .gettysburgfun.com. Admission to most events is $3-$5.

Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival runs today through Monday and June 30 through July 4. The festival of food, music and cultural programs is stationed between Seventh and 14th streets on the National Mall in Washington.

"Food Culture USA" explores how food has united diverse American cultures. Chef Alice Waters will re-create an "edible schoolyard," which teaches youngsters to grow and care for their own produce. Emeril Lagasse and Sheila Lukins will demonstrate traditional recipes.

"Forest Service, Culture and Community" features wildlife biologists, botanists, bird-banders, smoke jumpers and camp cooks in celebration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service's 100th anniversary.

"Oman: Desert, Oasis and Sea" features representatives of the culture of Oman and is the first Folklife Festival to feature an Arab culture. Visitors can check out the products of jewelers, calligraphers and basket-weavers.

"Nuestra Musica: Music in Latino Culture" includes an evening concert series of performers from Mexico, El Salvador, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival runs today through Monday and June 30 through July 4. Most events are 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on the National Mall between Seventh and 14th streets, Washington. Call 202-633-9884 for a description of festival events and 202-633-1000 for general Smithsonian Institution information or visit www.folklife.si.edu. Admission is free.

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