Celebrating Memorial Day
* Actor and World War II veteran Ossie Davis hosts the free National Memorial Day Concert Sunday at 8 on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol (Metro: Capitol South). The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel will perform with bluegrass stars Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, country singer Brad Paisley, Broadway vocalist Brian Stokes Mitchell, violinist Joshua Bell, actors Joe Mantegna and Jason Ritter, and other guest artists. Tom Hanks will introduce a tribute to veterans, and actor Charles Durning, who landed at Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion and earned three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star, will talk about his experiences. No tickets are required. Spectators are also welcome at the dress rehearsal Saturday at 7:30. Call 202-619-7222.
* At Arlington National Cemetery, a presidential wreath-laying ceremony Monday begins at 11 at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The nearest Metro stop is Arlington Cemetery. Call 703-607-8000.
* At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, on the Mall near 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge will be the keynote speaker at a ceremony Monday at 1. Call 202-393-0090.
* At the U.S. Navy Memorial Monday, a wreath-laying ceremony by Naval District Washington begins at 1 and a free concert by the U.S. Navy Band begins at 8. The memorial is at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial). Call 202-737-2300, Ext. 768.
* At the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, women who served during World War II will speak at a ceremony Monday at 4. The memorial is on Memorial Drive next to Arlington National Cemetery (Metro: Arlington Cemetery). Call 703-533-1155 or 703-892-2606.
Festivals in the Streets
* Free concerts by LIVE and the Gin Blossoms headline Hometown Holidays, an outdoor festival Saturday from 10 to 10 and Sunday from 10 to 5 at Rockville Town Center, around Maryland Avenue, Montgomery Avenue and Middle Lane (Metro: Rockville). The Gin Blossoms take the main stage Saturday at 6:30, followed by LIVE at 8:30 and a fireworks show at 10. Other bands will perform both days on three stages, and two dozen restaurants will offer their specialties at a Taste of Rockville. More than 150 artists and artisans will display their creations Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 in the Rockville Art Festival nearby at Courthouse Square. Activities for children include a moon bounce, a bungee trampoline and a comedy show by Michael Rosman. Admission is free; tickets for rides and refreshments will be sold. Call 240-314-5022.
* The Maryland Science Center, Baltimore's science and technology museum in the Inner Harbor at 601 Light St., celebrates a $35 million renovation and expansion with an outdoor festival Saturday starting at 10 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 6. Highlights include a free concert by They Might Be Giants Saturday at 6:15, followed at 8 by a laser light show over the harbor; a family concert Sunday at 2 by Dan Zanes & Friends; and a precision sky diving demonstration by the Red Bull Air Force. There will also be science demonstrations and exhibits, entertainment by local bands and a NASCAR simulator. Outdoor activities are free; regular prices apply for admission to the center. Call 410-685-5225 (TDD: 410-962-0223).
Weekends in the Country
* Tour private stables and training facilities at more than a dozen country estates in the Middleburg/Upperville region of Northern Virginia Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 during the 45th annual Hunt Country Stable Tour. Tickets to the self-guided tour are $20 per person through Friday, $25 on tour days (free for ages under 13). Buy tickets and get a map at Trinity Episcopal Church on U.S. 50 in Upperville. Call 540-592-3711.
* Sample strawberry desserts and other treats Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 at the Delaplane Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park, on Route 17 off Interstate 66 Exit 23 near Delaplane, Va. There will also be entertainment by local bands, a crafts fair, hayrides, children's games and a 4-H petting zoo. Admission is $15 per car. Call 540-364-2772.
History on Stage
"Road to Victory: Sights, Sounds and Music of World War II" recounts the history of the war in a multimedia stage show Friday and Saturday at 8 at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU). The two-hour performance blends popular songs and big-band dance music of the era with recorded speeches by military and civilian leaders, news reports and visual effects. Tickets cost $30, seniors $25, under 18 $20. To order, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 202-994-6800.
A Circus With Soul
The UniverSoul Circus, the nation's only African American-owned circus, brings Chinese acrobats, Russian Cossacks, Caribbean dancers and other international stars to their single-ring big top at Capital Plaza Mall, 6200 Annapolis Rd., Landover. Shows begin Saturday and continue through June 20. Comedians Shuckey Duckey and Mabelle are the ringmasters. Tickets cost $10 on weekday mornings, $17.50 to $29 at other times, from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, 800-316-7439.
-- Compiled by Barry Barriere