X 2: The Georg Stage, the world's smallest...

TALL SHIP ALERT

July 18, 1992

TALL SHIP ALERT x 2: The Georg Stage, the world's smallest full-rigged sailing ship operated by the world's oldest sail-training institution, is visiting this weekend.

Nearly 60 cadets and officers from Greenland, the Faeroe Islands and Sweden accompanied the Danish training vessel that arrived yesterday, docking at the Inner Harbor's West Wall. The 135-foot, meticulously maintained ship is visiting here as part of Operation Sail's summer program. It is operated by the Georg Stage Memorial Foundation, which began in 1882. Visiting hours: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow; the ship departs early Monday.

* Don't blink: If you miss the Georg Stage, the 205-foot, staysail schooner Capitan Miranda from Uruguay, arrives about noon Monday -- same place -- and remains until next Sunday. You can help welcome the Capitan Miranda about noon Monday or visit between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday. Hours Thursday through Saturday will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

* Another Monday visitor: The Aris, a contemporary Greek navy training vessel, with 25 officers, 145 crew members and 196 cadets. The 328-foot Aris will be at Harrison's Pier 5 Monday through Friday. Visiting hours each day: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

FAST HANDS, FLYING FEET: If action's your ticket, more than 500 contestants from across the country compete in various Chinese martial arts at the Baltimore Convention Center this weekend. That includes full-contact teams (fighting with feet and hands) representing the U.S.A., Canada, Russia and Malaysia.

What's happening is the 1992 North American Chinese Martial ** Arts Federation International Tournament -- billed as the largest U.S. amateur tournament of its kind this year. You'll find children and adults competing on as many as 15 rings simultaneously.

Competition in lion dancing, required forms and one-on-one sparring occupies the schedule from 9 a.m. to about 6 p.m. today. At 7:30 tonight, full-contact fighting in nine weight classes, as well as demonstrations by masters from six nations are the attraction. Final competition in all forms begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Tickets: Today or tonight ($10 each, $15 for both); whole weekend, $25; children under 12, half price. Information: 444-6666.

FARMERS' PARTY: Hit the "payment" early tomorrow, hon, to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables -- and do a little partying. Head for the Jones Falls Expressway, between Holliday and Saratoga Streets, for the Baltimore Farmers Market's 15th anniversary from 9 a.m. until sell-out, usually about noon.

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