Some of the world's best horses and riders will be in Maryland this week for the 34th annual Washington International Horse Show, which opens today at the Capital Centre in Landover and runs through next Sunday.
Grand prix show jumping teams from Canada, Germany, Mexico and the United States will be competing in events like the U.S. Tobacco "Puissance" Great Wall jump and the prestigious Nations' Cup competition.
Hunt teams from around the country will appear in today's opening event, "Hunt Night," which begins with the matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. and includes classes in field hunters, ,, ladies' hunter hacks and gentlemen's hunter hacks. This evening's performance at 7 features a masters' class and a hunt teams competition. The winners will be the two teams that received the most points during the day's hunt classes. Huntsmen with horns, whips and a mix of American and English foxhounds will demonstrate the tradition of fox hunting. Jack Russell terrier races and an amateur-owner jumper class are also on this evening's agenda.
Other highlights this week include ladies' sidesaddle championships and cutting horse finals as well as exhibitions featuring draft horses, antique coaches and carriages, Olympic-level dressage, and actress Bo Derek riding an Andalusian.
Evening performances begin at 7:30 during the week and at 7 on weekends, and next weekend's matinee performances are at 2 p.m. General admission and reserved seating tickets range in price from $6 to $21, and proceeds will benefit local and national children's organizations. For information, call (301) 840-0281 or (202) 432-SEAT.
Berkeley Plantation in Charles City County, Va., will be the site for the 34th annual Thanksgiving Festival next Sunday. The event commemorates America's first Thanksgiving held at the Berkeley site on Dec. 4, 1619, two years before the Pilgrim celebration in Massachusetts.
Gates open at 9 a.m. for an entire day of festivities, including an arts and crafts fair, 17th-century English music and entertainment, military encampments, dancers and magicians.
A 17th-century living history group will allow visitors to join soldiers in militia drills and games, watch as food is prepared over the open fire, and enjoy performances by American-Indian dancers, an Elizabethan magician and 17th-century puppet show. Highlight of the event will be the re-enactments of the original Thanksgiving, presented at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Visitors may tour the first floor of the mansion, and costume guides will be in each room to answer questions. Tours of the house and grounds are included in the admission fee of $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $3 for ages 5 to 12; free for under 5. Berkeley Plantation is on state Route 5 in Charles City County between Richmond and Williamsburg, Va. For information, call (804) 272-3226.
'Annapolis by Candlelight'
You can tour "Annapolis by Candlelight" on Nov. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and see three centuries of Annapolis architecture. The event is sponsored by Maryland National Bank for the benefit of preservation and education projects of Historic Annapolis Foundation. The tour begins at the Old Treasury on State Circle, where participants will be given a map of 20 18th-, 19th- and
20th-century houses in the area around King George and Prince George streets. A cocktail reception will be held at the James Brice House at the conclusion of the tour.
Tickets cost $25. There will be a 10-percent discount for &L; reservations received by Oct. 30. For information, call (410) 269-0432.
Kenmore Needlework Exhibit
The 10th annual Kenmore Needlework Exhibit opens next Sunday and runs through Nov. 7 at Kenmore Plantation in Fredericksburg, Va. Kenmore is the 18th-century plantation home of Fielding Lewis and his wife, Betty Washington Lewis, George Washington's only sister.
In addition to the display of outstanding needlework, professionals will offer daily demonstrations of various types of the work.
Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The admission fee of $6 for adults and $2.50 for ages 6 to 18 includes a guided tour of Kenmore and tea and gingerbread served in the kitchen.
For information, call (703) 373-3381.
Mystery bike tour
Travel south to Fenwick Island, where the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its first annual Halloween Mystery Bike Tour on Saturday. The tour routes of 25 miles, 50 miles or 100 miles follow back country roads (all flat terrain). Registration will take place at the chamber-information center on U.S. Route 1 north of Fenwick Island between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Entry fee is $17 for individuals and $27 for couples. Rest and refreshment stops and support vehicles will be available.
Participants are invited to a costume party that night at a local restaurant from 6 to 8. For information, call (800) 962-7873.
Furnace Town ghosts
Ghosts and ghouls will be roaming the swamps and forests around Furnace Town near Snow Hill on Saturday evening. Children may enjoy hayrides, swamp walks, apple bobbing, fortune telling and other activities from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children. Furnace Town is on state Route 12, south of Salisbury. For information, call (410) 632-2032.