Shortcuts July 18 2001
Underwater videographer and snorkeler Nancy Washburne dives into North America's rivers and lakes and comes face-to-face with freshwater animals during A Snorkeler's View of Freshwater Wonders. Washburne narrates two video presentations of footage including a father bowfin herding his baby fry and turtles attempting to woo the videographer. Many of the featured animals also can be seen at the Tennessee Aquarium. July 20. 6:30-8 p.m. Free for members; $5 for non-members. Tennessee Aquarium, One Broad St. 423-267-FISH.
Fireworks extravaganzas continue with the 24th annual Virginia Lake Festival, a three-day event featuring helicopter rides, hot air balloons, antique cars and live entertainment by the Upper Level Band and the Overtime Band. The event culminates with the gathering of boats on Buggs Island Lake and fireworks over the water. July 20-22. Fri. 3:30-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sun. 1:30-7 p.m. Free. Downtown and on the lake. 804-374-2436.
The Mangalarga Marchador horses from Brazil are trotting to South Georgia for the Southern National Expo, a horse show featuring national and international speakers, clinic demonstrations on events such as barrel racing. July 18-22. Wed.-Thurs. 9 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $8-$150. Georgia National Fairgrounds and AgriCenter, 401 Larry Walker Parkway, exits 134 and 135 at I-75. 419-578-2503 or www.sne2001.com.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Dave Matthews and his jam band are "Crash"-ing into the Mars Music Amphitheatre July 21 with thousands of followers on their heels during the band's national tour. Joining the Dave Matthews Band are Junior Brown and Howie Day. 601-7 Sansbury's Way. 561-966-3309 or marsmusicamp.com for tickets.
The Wildcat Express can show you "The Real Appalachia" on its two-and-a-half hour riding and walking tour through the Appalachian Mountains. Featured on the tour is the "signal tree," a landmark which leads the way to a sacred Native American waterfall. The guided tour also takes visitors to an 1880s pioneer homestead with farm animals and a garden. Visitors will meet four generations of Appalachian natives. Tour dates and times vary. $14.95-$19.95. Betty's Creek Mountain State Park, Betty's Creek Road. 800-238-7230.??