It's a big birthday weekend in Virginia. Celebrations of the 272nd birthday of the father of our country, George Washington, are taking place Saturday through Monday throughout Virginia.
The "George Washington Classic 10K Race" will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday, beginning at Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria. The race travels through Eisenhower Valley (New Town Alexandria). Registration $22. Call 703-991-4474.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Washington's beloved Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon, visitors, joined by a Washington re-enactor, can enjoy a breakfast of "hoecakes swimming in butter and honey," the president's favorite morning meal. Visitors can then watch a Colonial parade. Fee is $5-$11; free for children under 5. Also at Mount Vernon, folks can watch a birthday celebration with musical performances, a wreath-laying ceremony and more, and enjoy free admission, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Call 703-780-2000 for information on Mount Vernon events.
There will be a Revolutionary War encampment with living-history presentations and skirmish re-enactments from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Free. Call 703-838-4848.
At 11:30 a.m. Monday, the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, will present the program "George Washington: Music for the First President" featuring many works composed in Washington's honor. Free. Call 703-838-4994.
Also on Monday, the "George Washington Birthday Parade," with marching bands, military and re-enactment units, equestrian units, antique cars and more, will travel the streets of Alexandria, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The parade starts at South Saint Asaph and Wilkes streets and ends at Fairfax and Gibbon streets. There will be a reviewing stand at Royal and Cameron streets. Free. Call 703-991-4474.
Washington's birthday events are Saturday through Monday throughout Virginia. For more information and other events taking place Feb. 22, the president's actual birthday, visit www.washing tonbirthday.net or call 703-991-4474.- Lori Sears
'Manet and the Sea'
Forget about winter and travel north for seascapes and summer breezes. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is showing Manet and the Sea, a marine-inspired exhibit, which opens Sunday and runs through May 31. Featured are pieces from artists such as Edouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet.
About 100 seaside paintings, drawings and watercolors will be on display, showcasing the similarities and differences among the artists' marine creations. Works include The Beach at Boulogne (1868) by Manet and The Wave (1871) by Gustave Courbet.
The museum is on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street in Philadelphia. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Tickets are $20; $17 seniors, students and ages 13-18; $10 ages 5-12; free for ages 4 and under. Visit www.philamu seum.org or call 215-763-8100.
Washington Boat Show
Looking for something that floats your boat? The 43rd annual Washington Boat Show will be at the new Washington Convention Center Wednesday through Feb. 22. The show will display more than 500 boats, including performance boats, motor yachts and sailboats spread over a quarter of a million square feet. More than 200 display booths will be present, showcasing marine products and accessories. Buyers also will be privy to exclusive show prices and are given the opportunity to hear from the experts on waterfront real estate, equipment and boat care.
The boat show is Wednesday-Feb. 22 at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place N.W., Washington. Hours are noon-9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $9; $4 for ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and under. Call 703-823-7960 or visit www.washingtonboatshow .com.
Go all the way back to the 1800s this Valentine's Day. It's not that far away. Hagley Museum presents its Victorine's Valentine's Day in Wilmington, Del.
Victorine du Pont, eldest daughter of the DuPont Company's founder, will come to life and tell love stories from the 19th century. Visitors then will have the opportunity to bake gingerbread hearts on a wood stove.
Victorine's Valentine's Day takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hagley Museum, on Route 141 in Wilmington, Del. Admission $11; $9 seniors and students; $4 ages 6-14; free for ages 5 and under. Call 302-658-2400 or visit www.hagley.org.
The Lancaster Barnstormers are saying "Baseball Is Back," with a free Fan Fest Saturday at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Sports fans can enjoy games, skill challenges, youth clinics and ballpark eats.
Well-known minor league baseball performers and mascots (including the Baltimore Orioles Bird) are scheduled to appear, along with clowns, face painters and a caricaturist. Baseball greats Brooks Robinson and Bud Harrelson are also on the day's lineup for autographs.
The Barnstormers Fan Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at F&M; College Alumni Sports and Fitness Center, Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, Pa. Admission is free. More information and directions can be found at www.lancaster barnstormers.com/fanfest.cfm. Or call 717-509-HITS.