Heading into the home stretch PREAKNESS '93

May 14, 1993

Preakness week festivities are building toward tomorrow's 118th running at Pimlico Race Course for the second jewel in thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. Here's what's happening today and tomorrow:

TODAY

* Baltimore's Preakness Talent Showcase, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. Winners from the previous week's auditions perform. Free. (410) 837-4636.

* Bethesda Metro Center Preakness Eve Dance Party, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the plaza of the Metro subway stop at Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue, Montgomery County, featuring the band Fabulous Fantoms. Free. (301) 652-4988.

* Phillips Preakness Crab-Picking Contest, noon to 2 p.m., Harborplace Amphitheatre. Local celebrities match their crustacean-cracking skills. Free. (410) 332-4191.

* 19th annual Frederick Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Frederick County Fairgrounds. Admission. (717) 369-4810.

,1 * 30th Annual YMCA Circle Promenade, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, State Circle and Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis. (410) 268-5093.

* Community Jubilee, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster. Admission. (410) 848-7775.

* Early Times Dixie Handicap and Black-eyed Susan Stakes, 1 p.m., Pimlico Race Course. Admission. (410) 542-9400.

* St. Pius X Church and School Carnival, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 6428 York Road, Towson. (410) 377-7440.

* Rubble to Roses: William Paca Garden 20th Anniversary Gala, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, William Paca Garden, Annapolis. Admission. (410) 267-7619.

TOMORROW

6* * 118th Preakness Stakes, Pimlico Race

Course. Gates to the infield open at 8:30 p.m., with post time about 5:30 p.m. Infield admission $15 in advance, $18 on race day. (410) 542-9400.

* Championship Rodeo, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. Admission $7 in advance, $8 at gate. (410) 757-6387.

* New Windsor May Day, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., New Windsor Fireman's Carnival Grounds, Carroll County. (410) 775-2585.

* MSSA 10th annual Bluefish Tournament, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Chesapeake Bay, sponsored by Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen's Association. Admission $150 per boat. (410) 768-8666.

* Fort Detrick Armed Forces Day, 8 a.m. to midnight, Fort Detrick, Frederick, including 9:15 p.m. fireworks. (301) 619-2018.

* Fort Detrick Juried Art Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fort Detrick, Frederick. (301) 619-2018.

* Colonial Highland Gathering, Fair Hill Grounds in Fair Hill, Cecil County. Admission. (302) 475-8499.

* National Pike Festival, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m Sunday along U.S. 40 in Clear Spring, Funkstown and Boonsboro. (301) 791-3130.

* Cecil Days in May, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Old Mills, Cecil County. (301) 994-1510.

* Civil War Living History Demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Jonathon Hager House and Museum, Hagerstown. (301) 739-8393.

* Heart of the Shore Ethnic and Folklife Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Spring Valley, Cambridge, Dorchester County. (410) 267-7619.

* Springfest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Talbot County. Admission. (410) 745-2916.

* Wine in the Woods . . . A Celebration of Tastes, 11 a.m. to 5 Saturday and Sunday in Symphony Woods, Columbia, including wine tasting and gourmet foods. Admission. (410) 313-2762.

* 11th Annual Italian Festival, noon to 9:30 p.m. in Heritage Park, Dundalk. (410) 282-4414.

* Old-Fashioned May Festival and Carriage Driving Show, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Steppingstone Museum, Havre de Grace. Admission. (410) 939-2299.

* St. James Jazzfest, 7 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, featuring Shirley Horn and an all-star band. Admission. (410) 462-4438.

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