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D.C. food and musicHere's a great opportunity...


D.C. food and music

Here's a great opportunity to check out some of Washington's best restaurants. It's the fifth annual "Taste of D.C.," an outdoor food festival for the family, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, on Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th streets.

Fifty restaurants will be serving classic American cuisine along with international dishes representing more than 12 nations. In past years the festival has drawn about 1 million people, and one of the reasons is the free entertainment -- the Temptations, Little Feat, the Ohio Players, Joan Jett and Burning Spear. These performers are among the more than two dozen headline and local entertainers scheduled to appear on three separate stages. Children can enjoy storytellers, mimes, clowns, dancers and magicians at the Family Fun Stop and the Little Monster Parade on Oct. 9.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the D.C. Central Kitchen, the Third & Eats Restaurant Training Program and the Children's Cancer Foundation. Call (202) 724-5430. Each fall thousands of visitors return to the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons for Patuxent River Appreciation Days. This year's celebration on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the 18th annual event, which is held to promote interest in the river and help fund its restoration and maintenance.

For the second year the festival will focus on the river's contribution to World War II. During the war there were three naval bases in the area and one, the Patuxent Naval Air Station, still exists and is a co-sponsor of the festival.

Activities include history and environmental exhibits, music, a craft fair, a parade on Saturday at 2 p.m., free boat rides, model boat races, canoe rides and lessons and food.

There will be free shuttle service. Festival admission is also free. The museum is on Route 2 in Solomons. Call (410) 326-2042.

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