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Events: June

Hawaii Floating By on Parade



The King Kamehameha Parade down Front Street in Lahaina, on Maui, begins at 10 a.m. June 7. Expect to see tropical flowers everywhere--covering the floats and forming the leis on both horses and riders. For more information, contact the Lahaina Visitors Center, 648 Wharf St., Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761; telephone (808) 667-9175.


The National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival, June 16 to 21, takes over the small town of Weiser, 72 miles west of Boise. There's fiddling on stage from 8 a.m. to midnight, and fiddling in campgrounds and parks. For more information, contact Weiser Chamber of Commerce, 8 E. Idaho St., Weiser, ID 83672; tel. (208) 549-0452.


The Great American Brass Band Festival, June 14 and 15 in Danville, features more than 20 world-renowned bands playing from Saturday morning to Sunday evening, with only a few hours off in the dead of night. For more information, contact Danville Tourism, 304 S. 4th St., Danville, KY 40422; tel. (800) 755-0076.


The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, June 26 to 29, is four days of feasting in the French Quarter. Vintner dinners are planned at 25 top restaurants, including Antoine's, Brennan's, Commander's and Galatoire's. For more information, contact the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, P.O. Box 70514, New Orleans, LA 70172; tel. (504) 529-9463.


On June 28 and 29, Colonial Williamsburg becomes occupied territory again when "soldiers" under the command of Lord Charles Cornwallis impose martial law, as they did in 1781 before the Battle of Yorktown. For more information, contact Colonial Williamsburg, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187; tel. (800) 246-2099.

New York

The 15th annual Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival, noon to 5 p.m. June 8, takes place along Eastern Parkway from Grand Army Plaza to the Brooklyn Museum of Art. This year's celebration honors the venerable institutions having birthdays: The art museum turns 175; the library, 100; the Coney Island Cyclone, 70. Most institutions will have free admission. For more information, contact the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival, 30 Flatbush Ave., Suite 427, Brooklyn, NY 11217; tel. (718) 855-7882.


The 16th annual Polish Fest, June 20 to 22 in Milwaukee's Henry W. Maier Festival Park, will be packed with polkas and paczki (a traditional dessert). Polka bands will play nonstop with free dance lessons for the uninitiated. For more information, contact Polish Fest '97, 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin, WI 53132; tel. (414) 529-2140.

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