Maryland Preakness celebrations move into high gear

May 08, 1992

Today Media Balloon Flight. Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville. 6:30 a.m. This year's three-day, four-event balloon festival features more than 30 hot-air balloons. (410) 837-3030. Free.

Maryland Preakness Celebration Block Party. The Prince George's Equestrian Center's block party, featuring music by the Drifters, refreshments. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Therapeutic Riding Program. (301) 952-4740. $1 admission with your Preakness pin.

Bud Light Nights. Water Street's block parties run nightly through May 15 (except Sunday). 5:30 p.m.-midnight. Refreshments, dancing, live entertainment: Rob Fahey and The Pieces, tonight; the Rattle Cats, tomorrow; Great Train Robbery, Monday; Tiffany, Tuesday; Killing Floor, Wednesday; Tony Berry and New Money, Thursday; Gazze, May 15. (410) 837-3030. Free with a Preakness pin, which you can purchase at the site for $2.

Hunt Valley Mall Preakness Fashion Show. Hunt Valley Mall. Noon-2 p.m. Informal fashion show for the "equestrian look" featuring Miss Preakness and her court. (410) 785-3770. Free.

Lunchtime With the Orioles. Harborplace Amphitheatre. Noon. Baltimore Orioles players sign autographs, meet fans with WBAL's Joe Angel. (410) 332-4191. Free.

Baltimore African Violet Club Plant Show, Sale. Towson Market Place. 1:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Largest African violet show in the region. Also, tomorrow. (410) 682-5473. Free.

Tomorrow

First National Bank Hot Air Balloon Competition and Children's Festival. Druid Hill Park liftoff between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Festival complete with rides, clowns, music by the Bayside Big Band, miniature horses from Valhalla Farm, Spectrum Puppets Productions, refreshments. The zoo opens at 9 a.m., admission is $1 off with Preakness pin. (410) 837-3030. Festivities are free with Preakness pin.

$700,000 Pimlico Special. Rich stakes races featuring former Triple Crown competitors at Pimlico Race Course. Post time 12:30 p.m. (410) 542-9400. Admission.

Crown Petroleum Balloonglow and Concert. Brightly lit hot-air balloons amid vendors, rides, arts, crafts from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville. WPOC-FM (93.1) presents performers Joe Diffie, Collin Ray, Marge Calhoun 4:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute, United Cerebral Palsy. (410) 837-3030. Admission $10, kids younger than 10 admitted free; $4 off admission with Preakness pin.

Shock Trauma Gala: "Festival Internationale." Towson Center, Towson. 7 p.m.-midnight. Black-tie event features dinner, dancing to live entertainment. Proceeds to benefit the Trauma ,, Nursing Center, the EMS Field Program, the Charles McC. Mathias National Study Center. (410) 328-8778. Ticket required.

Fifth annual Fells Point Preakness Celebration. Fells Point Market Square, Baltimore. Noon. Live music, arts, crafts, fun, food. Also, Sunday. (410) 675-0898. Free.

Mickey and Minnie Celebrate the Preakness. Disney Store at the Gallery. Noon-4 p.m. Mickey, Minnie Mouse visit the Disney Store. (410) 332-4191. Free.

White Marlin Boardwalk Parade and Festival. Boardwalk, Ocean City. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Official "marching in" of the resort's summer season. (410) 289-1413. Free.

Macy's Hunt Valley Preakness Fashion Show. Hunt Valley Mall, Hunt Valley. 2 p.m. Latest spring fashions, meet Miss Preakness and her court. (410) 785-0700. Free.

Sunday

Mother's Day Balloon Competition. Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville. 7 a.m. liftoff. (410) 837-3030. Free.

Belvedere Square Antique Show. York Road, Belvedere Avenue. a.m.-3 p.m. Approximately 20 dealers sell furniture, collectibles. (410) 239-6427. Free.

Maryland Preakness Celebration Potomac Hunt Races 40th annual steeplechase. River and Partnership roads, Seneca. 12:30 p.m. (202) 862-2873. Admission.

Picnic Sunday Cookouts. Boordy Vineyards, Hydes. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Complimentary tastings, tour of the winery -- free with Preakness pin. Reservations required. Also, May 17. (410) 592-5015. Admission.

Monday

Tour Du Pont. Afternoon finish of more than 120 world-class cyclists in downtown Hagerstown in America's premier cycling competition. Morning start on Tuesday out of Sharpsburg on the way to the Massanutten Resort in Virginia. (804) 354-9934. Free.

Sunrise at Old Hilltop. Pimlico Race Course. 7 a.m. Tours of Pimlico, including the backstretch, as well as visits with Preakness Stakes competitors. Also, Tuesday-Friday. (410) 542-9400. Free.

Phillips Preakness Celebration Crab Picking Contest. Harborplace amphitheater. Noon. Local celebrities compete to pick the most crab meat. (410) 332-4191. Free.

Tuesday

Tour du Pont. World-class cyclists head out of Sharpsburg on their way to Virginia. (804) 354-9934.

Wednesday

Pee-Wee Preakness. Rash Field in Inner Harbor. Children race on hobbyhorses as mascots cheer on the young "jockeys." 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (410) 837-4636. Free.

AT&T Great Schooner Race. Historic schooners compete against each other at 3 p.m. from the Inner Harbor Finger Piers. Witness race from docks. (410) 837-3030. Free.

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