Preakness Countdown:


May 07, 1993|By Karen Zeiler

Preakness Week celebrations are getting under way. Here are some events at (or near) the harbor:

* The sixth annual Fells Point/Little Italy Preakness Festival rolls from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at the lot adjacent to Bohager's Bar and Grill in the 1400 block of Eastern Ave., between Fells Point and Little Italy.

Hear live music by 14 national, regional and local recording artists, including Eli in Lust, Misty, Uprising Revolution, the Greenberry Woods, Y-Not?, and Everything. You'll also find food, crafts, handmade jewelry, artwork, a Kids' Korner with sand-painting and clowns, and an MCI long-distance calling center where you can call anyone -- free! (A good chance to wish Mom a Happy Mother's Day.) Sponsored by WHFS radio, Miller Genuine Draft, the City Paper, J&B Select Scotch Whiskey, Bailey's Light, Max's on Broadway and Bohager's, the event benefits The Beans and Bread Meal Program and Homeless Outreach, a program of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Admission: free.

Note: Because of a lack of sponsorship, the Preakness Parade had to be canceled this year.

* Hear live music tomorrow when aspiring local groups gather for Baltimore's Preakness Talent Showcase, a musical jam competition at the Harborplace Amphitheatre featuring jazz, rhythm and blues, reggae, Top 40 and country bands. The music starts at noon. Champions in each category perform in a winners' concert Friday, May 14, at 6 p.m., also at the amphitheater.

* The crackle of fireworks can be heard starting at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Inner Harbor. The Amoco Fireworks Spectacular, a Mother's Day Salute, is presented by the Maryland Preakness Celebration. Good vantage points for viewing the display include Harborplace and Federal Hill.

* Preschoolers can ride wooden hobbyhorses at Rash Field Wednesday in the seventh Pee Wee Preakness, sponsored by United Artists Cable of Baltimore. Children 3 to 6 may participate in the race, which starts at 11:30 a.m. Mascots and costumed characters, including Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, the Oriole Bird and Captain Phil -- a big crab -- will mingle with the children. At 12:30 p.m., "Kinderman" John Taylor will lead kids in educational songs, dances and exercise activities. Prizes will be awarded and all young "jockeys" get a free T-shirt. Rain date: Thursday.

* The Clipper City, Lady Maryland and Nighthawk will sail from the harbor to Fort McHenry and back in the AT&T Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Wednesday. Watch from the docks or Federal Hill and see the fire department's fireboat salute the winning schooner with a water display. Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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