Montgomery County itself steps into the spotlight as part of the commemoration of National Travel and Tourism Week (May 3-11), a nationwide reminder of the importance of seeing new sights and exploring new destinations. Events are going on across the country, including one right here in Montgomery County.

It's also the weekend of Mother's Day. So if you're in The Pursuit of things to do all weekend long - including ways to make Mom feel special - check out the possibilities.

The Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau is holding a National Travel and Tourism Week "Rally Day" tomorrow, May 9, at 2:30 p.m. at the Lord & Taylor court at King of Prussia Mall. County Commissioners, representatives from the Pennsylvania Office of Travel, standouts from our local hospitality employees and you, our neighbors and friends from Montgomery County will gather to honor what's great about living here, working here and playing here. In addition, the program will provide details on one of the most significant shifts our organization has seen in the past 50 years. Come out and toast the people, events, attractions and events that make us a tourist destination on the local, regional, national and even international level.

The Convention Center at Valley Forge Casino Resort is the site of an interesting juxtaposition: On May 9-10, it will be the site of a large-scale opportunity to appreciate small-scale artistry and craftsmanship. The Miniature Figure Collectors of America (MFCA) is holding its 73rd Annual Show and Mart, showcasing miniature works of art in a variety of scales, from a few inches in height to almost a foot tall. Depictions include single figures on foot or horse and intricate models of tanks, ships and planes. Joining the single displays are group miniatures, box dioramas, and tiny stagings of entire historic scenes. Artists come from all over the world to attend and display, including Canada, Great Britain, France, Spain and Italy. Come and view the results of this unique skill, one that may give you at least a new appreciation of your kids' little green army men.

The third annual Byers' Choice American Artisan Showcase runs May 10-11, presenting a whole weekend's worth of support to others in the trade. The event will feature 75 artisans and premiere craftsmen and spotlight a variety of handmade items from traditional crafts to modern creations. The artisans were selected through a jury process. All of the crafts that will be sold at the event are handmade and original.

The Collegeville Economic Development Corporation urges you to get "quackin'" this weekend at the second annual Collegeville Rubber Ducky Regatta. More than 3,000 ducks will be set afloat in the Perkiomen Creek, racing toward the finish line. The point is not just to honor the fleetest fowl but, rather, to feather the financial nest for Collegeville's community events. Each duck costs $5, and donors get to keep their ducks. The day also includes food, music, games and rides. The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy will be on hand to provide educational information. Get your ducks in a row and go.

Rubber DucksOn Mother's Day, May 11, "M" may be for the "many things she gave me" (according to the old song). But this weekend, "M" is also the many ways to make Mom merry in Montgomery County, including mountainous, mouthwatering menus. Among the best dining options around are the following:

Want to make Mom's day really special? Whisk her away to one of our fine accommodations, check her in, guide her to the spa, and then ease her into a seat for a quiet dinner. Once dessert has settled and she's sipped the last of her cappuccino, take her by the hand to retreat to a pillowed paradise. Maybe even encourage an additional day off on Monday. Who says Mother's Day has to be a single day? Our website has plenty of options.