Lt. Gov. Charles S. Robb couldn't make it to a reception in his honor Tuesday evening because of emergency meetings by the General Assembly on the state's redistricting plan, but his wife Lynda greeted more than 100 guests who attended the Springfield party.

Guests nearly filled the pool-side garden of Barbara and Mark Fried in Springfield as major contributors to Robb's campaign for governor gathered in his support.

As expected, the guests were unanimous in telling visitors that their candidate would best Attorney General J. Marshall Coleman, the Republican candidate, in the gubernatorial election this fall.

"I think (Robb's) chances are excellent," said Steve Stone, an attorney and local coordinator for the Robb campaign, "He's the Democrat of the future and I think the people of Virginia will realize that he represents the new wave of the Democratic Party."

County supervisor Joseph Alexander (D-Lee) helped sponsor the party and agreed that Robb's chances for the governor's mansion are good.

"Let's hope he gets elected," echoed Mary Thonen, a strong supporter of Robb. "We need him downstate."

The Fairfax Symphony Association met for luncheon Monday at Symphony House in McLean as a prelude to its annual fund-raising antiques show and sale scheduled for Aug. 21, 22 and 23.

Jody Nine, president, Irene Bates, first vice president, and Winifred Alexander, second vice president, greeted guests in the recently refurbished Victorian home that houses symphony offices.

"This year we're thinking big and hoping to raise $3,000," said Nine. "This season will be our 25th and we'll be devoted to orchestral favorites and popular guest artists."

Betty Welles, chairman of the antiques show, said Symphony House's Kanabe grand piano was financed in part by last year's antiques show.

"We had three chamber concerts with local musicians here in the past year and they were very well attended," she said.

The orchestra also tours Fairfax County schools to demonstrate instruments and orchestral music to young children in a program entitled "Hello Symphony."

Ruth Capone, former president of the association, and Barbara Serage, managing director of the symphony, were equally enthusiastic about the house, which was turned over to the orchestra by the county three years ago.

"You should have seen it," said Capone with a laugh. "It was like something out of a horror movie.

"We had a group of volunteers, including orchestra players and members of the board of directors, who came in and cleaned and painted.

"Fleas were rampant and the day they hauled that filthy old carpet out of here and burned it we were wild with joy."

The antiques show will be in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn in Tysons Corner. --