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Mystic Irish Parade: The
largest annual event in the
area begins at Mystic Seaport’s South Lot and makes
its way in downtown, where
the parade’s Marquis Act
will perform. Featuring
more than two dozen bands,
Irish step dancers and a
wide variety of performing
groups. 1 p.m. March 25.
Download the route and
See seals: Every March,
seals make their annual
trek to Long Island Sound.
Cruise aboard the 44-foot
Sea Mist for an up-close
and personal look at these
fascinating creatures. Just
12 miles from Union Station, Stony Creek dock is
easily accessible by taxi.
Seal cruises are weekends
only and reservations are
suggested. Thimble Island
books and more!
Experience the one and only Joan Rivers live on
stage in Baltimore for one show only. The Emmy-and Tony Award-winning actress-writer-comedienne-entrepreneur returns to the stage to dish up her
witty, uncensored view on everything from world
news to reality TV and awards show fashions. The
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has a treat for
musical theater lovers—A Salute to Gilbert & Sullivan.
Take a look back at the career and works of the
artist best known today for creating Shrek, at the
Brandywine River Museum (see Delaware section).
Meet some of your favorite authors and pick up a
couple of great reads at a big book fest in Maryland. And allow the sights and scents of flowers to
transport you to Hawaii during the Philadelphia
International Flower Show. Plus, a ReggaeFest in
Vermont and much more. Be sure to check out
event websites for special rail fare discounts and
other ways to save some cash.
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“Comic Catharsis: Cartoons by William Steig”:
Best known today as the
creator of Shrek, William Steig (1907–2003)
first achieved fame for his
cartoons and covers for
The New Yorker. Late in
his career, Steig wrote and
illustrated more than 30
works for children, including Shrek!. The exhibition
features more than 100
works donated to the Brandywine River Museum in
2010 by Jeanne Steig from
the artist’s estate, as well as
selected works for children
on loan from the Eric Carle
Museum of Picture Book
Art and private collections.
Through March 11. brandy
Magazine history: “Scrib-
ner’s 25th Anniversary
(1887)” introduces visitors
to the importance of the
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