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SATURDAY

Not much has changed in pickling since mankind submerged the first cucumber in brine more than 4,500 years ago. Even the same debate rages through the millenniums: warts or wartless? According to Pickle Packers International Inc.—the American pickled-vegetable trade association—the perfect pickle boasts seven bumps (or warts, as they say in the business) per square inch of cucumber. Europeans, however, prefer their sour dill or kosher treats wartless. Either way, head over to the Claude Moore Colonial Farm for an instructional afternoon of vegetable pickling. You’ll surely be reminded of the 1988 Amy Irving film, Crossing Delancey, in which Irving’s character, Izzy, finds more than just “a joke and pickle for a nickel” in a local pickle salesman. The pickling starts at 1 p.m. at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. $2. (703) 442-7557. (Elissa Silverman)