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IRA BLOCK(LEFTANDBELOW);BILLWEEMS, WOODFINCAMP Red cedar glows gold under the lights at Wolf Trap Farm Park (above), the Park Service's firstfor the performing arts. Tucked into the Virginia countryside nearWashington, D. C ., the park offers music that runs the range of tastesfrom grand opera to jazz and bluegrass. Other activities include interpretive programsfor children and for senior citizens. Although the amphitheaterseats3,500, many preferto spread blankets on the sloping lawn outside (farleft) and enjoy a picnic with music alfresco. Last August, Wolf Trap paid special tribute to composer-conductorLeonard Bernstein on his 60th birthday.Near the end of the programBernstein climbed the podium (left) to conduct for two distinguished soloists, violinist Yehudi Menuhin and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. Will Success Spoil Our Parks?