SOLOMOS: The Dionysios Solomos exhibition is continuing at the French Institute, after having already been visited by 1,000 schoolchildren and students along with 3,000 other people. Yesterday its director placed in one of the exhibition cases the sword of Markos Botsaris, on loan for the exhibition from Sofia Botsaris and the great-grandchildren of the hero of Mesolongi, Aspasia and Dimitrios Botsaris. The exhibition is open today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. VAN FLEET: The US Embassy’s military attache Colonel J. McChristian and his wife are giving a reception tomorrow evening at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in honor of Mrs MacChristian’s father who is visiting Athens. SOCIETY EVENTS: Preparations for a Christmas Eve society ball are proceeding apace. Apart from various small gatherings at the homes of prominent Athenians, the annual dance for members of the Athens Tennis Club will be one of the most interesting events of Christmas Eve. A large crowd will also be heading for the Varibombi golf club where the members will be spending Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Elsewhere, the Equestrian Club will be holding its annual members’ dance as usual on New Year’s Eve.