Out & About
Butters, Pat, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
HERE COMES THE FLAME -
Olympic fever - catch it! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.) Come take part in the 1996 Summer Olympics when the Olympic torch is carried through the District. At 5 p.m., the torch is expected to hit a massive party honoring the Olympics. The party will be located at Pennsylvania Avenue between 10th and 13th streets. It will run from noon until 9 p.m. and include entertainment and skill tests in competitions that'll be part of the real thing in Atlanta!
* While you're at it, take a trip to the Finnish Embassy to learn about the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki and the fabulous "Flying Finn" Paavo Nurmi, who won nine gold medals and three silver medals between 1920 and 1928, making him perhaps the greatest of all runners. (Finn even caused an emotional stir in the 1952 Olympiad when he carried the torch into the stadium.) The incredible story can be found in the exhibit Finland's Olympic Spirit, which runs through July 22. The embassy, located at 3301 Massachusetts Ave. NW, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For information, call 202/298-5800.
MORE TORCH STUFF -
Mount Vernon kicks off its three-day Dairy Day Celebration with the arrival of the Olympic torch at 9:15 a.m. tomorrow at George Washington's mansion, which is located at the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, 16 miles south of the District. The program will include the traditional fife and drum corps, a Colonial military gun salute and an appearance by Gen. Washington himself, who bears an amazing resemblance to actor William Sommerfield. Dairy Days will transform the grounds into an old-fashioned county fair, with prize-winning cows and calves, relay races, butter churns, cheese-making and bottle-feeding of calves. For information, call 703/780-2000.
CHEERS TO VIRGINIA -
Noted Virginian Thomas Jefferson once said, "Wine from long habit has become an indispensable for my health." The book "Jefferson and Wine" will be among items for sale, as will gourmet foods and drink, at the Eastern Wine Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Morven Park in the western end of Leesburg. The festival will include tastings of 200 wines from 20 vineyards, classes on how to taste and judge wines, a grape-stomping contest, a waiters race and a seminar on how to grow your own Burgundy. For information, call 410/730-8841 or 703/754-8564. …