- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Looking for toy troop deployments? Resources in this area are plentiful. Here is a select list.

Upcoming shows

Heart of the South Toy Soldier Show, Volunteer Fire Department Community Center Fairfax County, 7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7.

Annapolis Toy Soldier Show, Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West St., Annapolis. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12.

Historical Miniatures Gaming Society Eastern Chapter convention, “The High Renaissance & the Rise of the Ottoman Empire, 1400-1566 A.D.” Lancaster Host Resort Hotel, Lancaster, Pa. July 24-27. For war gamers. See chapter Web site at www.Hmgs.org. See convention Web site at www.historicon.org.

National Capital Model Soldier Society annual show, Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Sept. 5, 6. 703/448-1234.

Local retailers

Counterpane Gallery, 442 South Washington St., (Route 29) Falls Church. Bill Graver, owner and dealer, sells antique and some contemporary toy soldiers. Located within Old Market Antiques retail showroom. Counterpane takes its name from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Land of Counterpane,” about a boy who imagines the bedcovers to be waves and hills for marching toy soldiers. Open daily. 703/536-3064

Granddad’s Hobby Shop, 5260-A Port Royal Road, Springfield. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays. www.granddadshobbyshop.com or 703/426-0700.

The Toy Soldier Shop of Washington, D.C., 503 11th St. SE. Owner Neil Rhodes carries Hocker, old British, Mignot soldiers, as well as his own conversions. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday; 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and “any time by appointment or chance.” 202/546-2201. https://www.toysoldiershop.com

Clubs

National Capital Model Soldier Society. Meets fourth Tuesday of every month at Immanuel United Methodist Church, 7901 Heritage Drive, Annandale. Focus on building and painting figures. Vice President Charles Honour says attendees are everyone from model painters to collectors to people who just want to look at the miniature soldiers. Recent creations or acquisitions displayed at parade table. Annual dues $20. All welcome. See ncmss.tripod.com.

The Northern Virginia Gamers (NOVAG) Dedicated to supporting wargamers in the Washington area. www.novag.org

Elizabeth Festa

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