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SUNDAY

You can’t create the swan from one scrawny square of Bounty. Nor the basic fan or even the simple pocket, so don’t even try. The cardinal rule of napkin folding: Use cloth, preferably starched. Now don’t get all Martha Stewart is a homemaking fascist here, because Ko Kuwabara ain’t no Martha. Ko knows napkins. In fact, Ko devoted his 75-hour high school senior project to napkin folding, and he says that no paper is allowed: napkins, paper towels, old term papers, whatever. That’s just the way it is. If you wanna fold ’em, you gotta know how to hold ’em—and even two-ply ain’t gonna do it. So cut up some old cotton shirts and head over to “Set a Fine Table: Napkin Folding.” A full English tea follows the fold fest. And later you can check out Ko’s Web site, www.cukezone.com/napkin, for more advanced techniques. Nap’ time’s at 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens’ Manor House, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. $20. For reservations call (703) 642-5173. (Elissa Silverman)