- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Cabernet to chardonnay

Wine lovers are setting aside this weekend for two of the area’s biggest wine festivals. Popping the cork first is the Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival, which offers wine, live jazz and tours of the first president’s mansion tomorrow through Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday, Maryland gets into the action with “Wine in the Woods” at Symphony Woods, next to Merriweather Post Pavilion. Mount Vernon event tickets are $25, while Wine in the Woods tickets range from $18 to $20. Times vary for both events. For Mount Vernon tickets call 703/780-2000 and for “Wine in the Woods” call 410/313-7275.

Going solo

As a member of the successful acoustic group Eddie From Ohio, Robbie Schaefer has attracted fans all along the East Coast and Midwest. Now, the McLean native has some music of his own that he wants the world to hear. His “In The Flesh” receives two CD release shows, tomorrow and Saturday, at Jammin’ Java. The songs begin at 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $10. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

History revealed

Brown v. Board of Education was one of the most important Supreme Court rulings in civil rights history, and this year marks its 50th anniversary. “With an Even Hand: Brown v. Board at Fifty,” at the Library of Congress, features more than 100 items examining its impact: books, photographs, political cartoons, films and more. The exhibit opens today in the South Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building and continues until Nov. 13. First Street and Independence Avenue SE. 202/707-4604.

Gardener’s delight

Looking for garden inspiration? Head to Georgetown on Saturday for the 2004 Georgetown Garden Tour and you’ll see eight of the area’s best gardens, from traditional to elaborate. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $30. The tour begins at Keith Hall in Christ Church, 31st and O streets NW. 202/965-1950.

A rare look inside

Armed Forces Day is Saturday, and Andrews Air Force Base, home of Air Force One, will open its gates Saturday and Sunday to give the public a rare look at the base. Visitors can talk with airmen and see aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Golden Knights and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. The open house runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Security concerns prohibit auto travel onto the base, but guests can take free shuttle buses from FedEx Field, where they can park free, or from the Branch Avenue Metro stop on the Green Line. For a list of prohibited items or for more information call 301/981-4600.

Keeping a promise

David Bowie canceled much of his spring tour due to illness, but he’s sticking to his promise to reschedule. He plays the Patriot Center on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $43 to $58.50. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/432-SEAT.

An artful weekend

Bethesda is the place for art fans this weekend: The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Nearly 14 galleries in the downtown area will stay open late and offer free refreshments. The festival runs to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday , and will continue for select weekends throughout the summer. 301/215-6660.

Thomas Walter

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