Really? You Don't Look a Day Over 299 . . .

By Elissa Leibowitz Poma
Special to The Washington Post
Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Where's the party in 2008?

Everywhere. Plans are underway across the region to honor city charters, jazz musicians, bridge jumping and even your mama throughout the year.

Let's start in New York. To mark a century's worth of ball drops in Times Square, the city is unveiling a blinged-out, multi-colored, energy-efficient, crystal-drenched ball that will descend in time-honored fashion just before midnight on New Year's Eve. You can celebrate the milestone with millions of your friends; check for details.

Already have plans? Good for you. Might as well consider joining in on the fun, then, at these 10 celebrations, and get some use out of that calendar you probably just opened for Christmas.

300th anniversary of Annapolis.

Back when Great Britain ruled the Colonies, few places were allowed to elect their own officials; most were appointed by British governors. In 1708, Queen Anne signed a royal charter allowing Annapolis to hold elections and establish itself as a city.

Commemorative events, scheduled throughout the year, began with a fancy-schmancy ball this fall. In the coming months, there'll be Colonial food tastings, a lecture series, the premiere of symphonies honoring the city and a dog show featuring breeds around in the 1700s (King Charles spaniels and mastiffs among them). The biggest events will be Maryland Day on March 30 and CharterFest May 1-4.

More info: 410-280-0445,

250th anniversary of Pittsburgh.

The region named "Pittsborough" after a British secretary of state was merely an outpost at an important confluence of rivers that was key to trading during Colonial times. This celebration honors the naming of the region in 1758.

Activities will go on all year. Cycling enthusiasts can watch elite competitors race along the historic Forbes Road between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in June. The renovated Point State Park will be highlighted in October during a festival of lights. The city will host an art show as well as exhibits on the city's history. Check the city's tourism Web site for more goings-on.

More info: 800-359-0758,

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