Lifeguards to test skills
More than 400 lifeguards, representing 25 beach patrols from New York to North Carolina, are scheduled to compete in the U.S. Lifesaving Association's Mid- Atlantic Surf Rescue Championships in Ocean City on Wednesday. The competition will begin at noon in the ocean and on the beach at 118th Street. It will conclude with an awards ceremony at about 7:30 p.m.
Events will include races and skills applications using buoys and rescue equipment, which demonstrate the strength and stamina required by the guards every day. Regional winners in this competition will represent the mid-Atlantic region in the U.S.L.A.'s National Championship in Chicago in August.
Spectators are welcome. For more information, call the Ocean City Beach Patrol at 289-7556.
5/8 The Julia A. Purnell Museum brings the Orioles -- the rhythm and blues-singing Orioles, that is -- to Snow Hill's Sturgis Park Friday for a free concert. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the park, which is on the banks of the Pocomoke River in Snow Hill, about 16 miles southeast of Ocean City.
The Orioles, R&B pioneers, gained fame in the early 1950s with hits such as "Crying in the Chapel," "I Miss You So" and "Tell Me So." In 1981 the group was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.
For directions or more information, call the Purnell Museum at 632-0515.
Updated 'Tempest' comes to Shore
Shakespeare on Wheels, the award-winning traveling theater company of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, will bring a futuristic rock musical production of "The Tempest" to Horn Point Environmental Laboratories in Cambridge on Friday and Saturday. The outdoor shows start at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free.
Director Sam McCready gives an invigorating new twist to Shakespeare's classic story of love and magic by incorporating a space-age set and rock music as contemporary equivalents of Prospero's faraway island and the popular verse of Shakespeare's day.
The performances will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. Show-goers should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. For more information, call the UMBC box office at (301) 455-2476 or UMBC TTY at (301) 455-3233.