Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens
Garden fairies, bromeliad-studded snails, winged lizards and flying fish revel amid 20,000 colorful chrysanthemums Saturday through Nov. 18 at "A Garden Fantasy," the annual chrysanthemum festival at Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, Pa. The whimsical sculptures are fashioned from stoneware and other materials, and many have horticultural ornamentation. The festival's weekday schedule includes talks on chrysanthemums, tours and history walks through the gardens, children's story times and cooking demonstrations. Weekend entertainment includes puppet shows, dance performances and concerts by area high-school bands. But the big features each day are chrysanthemums - colorful cascades, huge hanging baskets, towering single-stemmed blooms and flower curtains.
Longwood's outdoor gardens open daily at 9 a.m., the conservatory at 10 a.m. Both close at 6 p.m. in October, 5 p.m. thereafter. The gardens are on U.S. 1. Admission is $2-$12. Call 610-388-1000 or 800-737-5500.
An all-star lineup in 'United We Stand'
Many of the nation's top performers are teaming up Sunday for the "United We Stand" concert at RFK Stadium in Washington. The eight-hour music spectacular will benefit the recovery efforts of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on America. Money raised will go the American Red Cross Relief Fund, the Pentagon Relief Fund and the Salvation Army Relief Fund.
Performers include Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, 'NSync, Backstreet Boys, James Brown, Aaron Carter, Al Green, Ricky Martin and Kiss.
RFK Stadium is at 2400 E. Capitol St. S.E. Gates open at 11 a.m.; the show starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25-$75. Call 410-481-SEAT.