'History Meets the Arts'

It seems the logical place for such an event. Gettysburg is the site of this weekend's "History Meets the Arts" festival, an event that features displays of original history-themed paintings, sculptures and printed works by more than 70 artists, craftsmen and authors.

Visitors can meet artists at 15 Gettysburg galleries, including Lord Nelson's Gallery, Gettysburg Gift Center and American Historical Art. Artists will display and sell their works, discuss their methods and inspiration, and sign their works. Artists include Dale Gallon, Fred Lang, Randy Groves, Wendy Allen, Wayne Hyde and Daniel Dos Santos.

The festival also features live period music, artillery and musketry demonstrations, receptions, painting demonstrations and battlefield tours.

"History Meets the Arts" takes place tomorrow through Sunday in Gettysburg. Most events are free. For locations and more information, visit or call 717-334-8151.

'Antiques at the Center'

Antiques fans, this one is worth the trip. "Antiques at the Center," formerly dubbed "Philadelphia's Navy Pier Antiques Show," and running tomorrow-Saturday in the heart of Philly, offers a huge array of antiques from some 140 dealers, all presented in room settings.

Antiques include fine paintings and prints, estate jewelry, American folk art, stoneware pottery, mantle clocks, iron and brass lighting, weathervanes, weavings and pottery, bird carvings and decoys, oriental and hooked rugs, quilts and needlework, tea caddies and more.

Visitors are invited to bring their own antiques, attic finds and inherited heirlooms to a free appraisal clinic from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There is a limit of three items per person, and items may not include coins, stamps or rugs.

"Antiques at the Center" will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 11th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. $10-$15. Call 845-876-0616 or 215-418-5500 or visit

Alexandria home and garden tour

Step inside the boyhood home of Robert E. Lee, as well as four other historic homes, at the 71st annual "Historic Garden Week in Virginia Tour" on Saturday in Old Town Alexandria.

The tour includes 607 Oronoco St., built in 1795, and home to Lee from age 4 to 9 and 13 to 18. The house at 609 Oronoco St. is also on the tour. It served as a school that Lee attended. Currently, it is called home by the director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Other stops on the tour are the home at 312 Queen St., which was built on a lot surveyed by George Washington; the home at 213 N. Fairfax St., which has had few owners, thereby preserving many of its original moldings, trims and pocket-door. The small house at 225 N. Pitt St. is the final tour stop. It was built in 1850 and is presently home to a husband-and-wife team of architect and landscape architect.

The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Alexandria. A $30 ticket includes tours of all homes and gardens and refreshments at the Carlyle House. Individual house and garden tickets cost $10, per dwelling. For more information, call 703-838-4200 or visit

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