Shortcuts August 29 2001
Morgan City, La.
Get on down to Cajun Country to celebrate the people who have worked through rain and shine to provide the area's economic lifeblood for more than 50 years. The Shrimp & Petroleum Festival honors these two industries with arts and crafts, an artists' juried show, a horseshoe tourney, a parade, a bass tournament, a shrimp cook-off and fireworks. Musical entertainment includes the Marshall Tucker Band, Wayne Toups and Rockin' Dopsie Jr. Aug. 30-Sept. 3. Times vary. Free. Downtown Historic District. 985-385-0703 or www.shrimp-petrofest.org.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Touted as the city's largest and oldest event, the Neptune Festival celebrates the last few days of summer with a soccer tournament, wine tastings, a sand-sculpting championship and other activities beginning Sept. 1. The 28th annual festival runs through the end of the month and culminates with Boardwalk Weekend Sept. 28-30. Times, locations and prices vary. 1-866-NEP-FEST or www.neptune
Whether you like to make films or just watch them, the River Run International Film Festival can keep you occupied for a few days. The theme for the fourth annual fest is "Women in Film" and those attending have the chance to meet directors, producers, actors and writers, as well as view shorts, documentaries and feature films. Workshops with industry professionals such as Vincent D'Onofrio, Fernanda Rossi, Michael Myers and Abra Bingham are scheduled. Aug. 29-Sept. 3. Times and ticket prices vary. Brevard College, The Falls town theater and venues in Asheville. 828-862-3618 or www.riverrunfilm.com/index.htm.??