CHRISTMAS PASTHark back to the past for "An Olde-Fashioned...

AROUND THE INNER HARBOR

November 27, 1992|By Karen Zeiler

CHRISTMAS PAST

Hark back to the past for "An Olde-Fashioned Candlelight Christmas," sponsored by the Fells Point Business Association. Colorful wreaths, holiday greens and festive lights will adorn windows, and merchants in Colonial dress will help re-create Christmas circa the late 19th century.

Bounce along Fells Point's cobblestone streets in a horse-drawn carriage between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. ($3 adults, $2 children) Fridays and Saturdays. If you like to walk, another way to see the sights is a free lamplighter's tour on foot, starting at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Other events include performances of " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas," readings of Charles Dickens' work at the Admiral Fell Inn and tours of the restored homes of former sea captains.

The program opens at 7 tonight with a tree-lighting ceremony in Broadway Market Square. Information: 327-8360.

DINO-STORIES:

Kids can't sit still? A dinosaur storyteller will calm their fidgeting and keep them riveted with tales of prehistoric creatures at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. tomorrow at the Maryland Science Center. After each session, youngsters will have a chance to make dinosaur hats and, using ink stamps, create their own dinosaur stories. All activities are geared to kids aged 3 to 8.

The event is being held in conjunction with "The Great Dinosaur Game" exhibit, on display through Jan. 24.

FREEBIES:

Enjoy a free lunch from noon to 2 p.m Thursday, Dec. 3, at Dimensions in Music, 221 N. Charles St., just a few blocks north of the Inner Harbor.

Later, at 5:30 p.m., trumpeters will perform as the store gives away Christmas CDs, book covers and pencil bags for kids. The event, part of Downtown Partnership's First Thursdays program, also includes a dinnerware display at Sascha's Catering, 527 N. Lovegrove St., and a grand opening party at Zooks & Co., a new shop at 525 N. Charles St. that sells housewares and furniture from the 1940s, '50s and '60s.

For a list of events, pick up a "Street Sheet" from Charles Street merchants, or call Downtown Partnership at 244-1030.

GOING AND COMING:

The Native American Cultural Arts Festival winds down this weekend at Festival Hall and the Baltimore Convention Center. Go inside a real tepee, sample Indian food, and see bead work, basketry and wood carving demonstrations.

Admission. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Information: 675-3535.

Next Saturday, Dec. 5, the harbor will be aglow when more than 45 power and sailboats take to the water in the annual Parade of Lighted Boats at 6 p.m. Details next week.

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