If you're sad that you'll have to wait another four years before the next Olympics, don't despair -- you can keep the torch lit with a visit to the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, where you'll find an exhibit of stamps like no other. Commemorating Olympics from 1896 to the present, you'll find hundreds of stamps depicting sports and their champions, including a sheet of U.S. stamps issued in 1996 in Atlanta that has the autographs of eleven past Olympians (from 1936 to 2008) who visited the Museum four years ago. You can test your knowledge about the 26 different sports competitions and 300 events, and find out how countries around the world have honored the games, past and present, on their postage. The Museum also has a number of activities for kids, including a stamp hunt about the games with Olympic stamps as prizes -- a unique way kids can "go for the gold." Thurs., Aug. 16, noon - 5 p.m. Adults, $8; seniors & students, $5; ages 5-16, $3; members and under 5, free. Free packet of stamps for each child at admission. Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, 235 Wellesley Street at Regis College, Weston. www.spellman.org
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