Pre-All-Star game bonanza called All-Star...

BASEBALL HEAVENA

July 09, 1993|By Karen Zeiler

BASEBALL HEAVEN

A pre-All-Star game bonanza called All-Star Fanfest starts today at the Baltimore Convention Center and adjoining Festival Hall and runs through Tuesday. The baseball theme park features exhibits, displays and hands-on activities, including what promoters say is the largest memorabilia display ever to appear outside Cooperstown, N.Y. (home of baseball's Hall of Fame), and autograph signings by past and present Major League baseball players.

Step up to the plate and take a swing at some pitches from Jim Palmer. Chow down on some Baltimore crab cakes, Philadelphia cheese steak, or New York soft pretzels. Learn how bats, gloves, jerseys and other Major League products are made.

Tickets to All-Star Fanfest will be sold on a timed-entry basis to prevent overcrowding. Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Once inside, fans can stay as long as they like. Admission: $12 for adults, $8 for children; advance tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. Information: 659-7144 or 685-9800.

Baltimore's Babe Ruth Museum helped organize some events, too:

* Slip on a smock and get ready to paint the town -- well, a piece of the town. The museum invites children to paint All-Star logos in the 500 block of Paca Street and in front of the museum at 216 Emory St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

* Aspiring young architects are invited to "Building Ballparks," a Fanfest activity at the Baltimore Convention Center. Kids can build a ballpark out of Tyco blocks and learn about the construction and design aspects of building a stadium.

The Harborplace Amphitheatre has its own series of events:

* Bring a blanket and a picnic basket for "Symphony Under the Stars" at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Rash Field. Join the BSO, the a cappella group Regency and Sesame Street characters for music and fun. The event benefits Harvest for the Hungry; take a nonperishable food item to help the cause.

* All-Star stories -- Baseball legends and scribes join Stan the Fan in a special All-Star memories presentation. Noon to 1 p.m. today.

* "Stan the Fan, Live" -- Sports talk show host Stan the Fan broadcasts live from Phillip's Cafe at Harborplace.

* Kodak Legends of Baseball -- Meet and get autographs from five legends -- Phil Niekro, Tony Oliva, Joe Charboneau, Luis Tiant Jr. and Joe Niekro. Noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Free.

FIND BASEBALL A BORE?:

Take your camera and hit the decks of the Simon Bolivar, a 270-foot sail-training ship from Venezuela invited by Baltimore Operation Sail. Welcome its crew of 16 officers, 108 midshipmen and 65 enlisted crew this weekend. Docked at the Inner Harbor's West Wall, the ship will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow through Tuesday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The ship sails at 10 a.m. Thursday.

In the mood for something juicy and sweet? Food historian Sue Latini blends blackberries, raspberries and blueberries in a cooking demonstration from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the 1840 House, 800 E. Lombard St. Her scrumptious treats include slumps, grunts, rolley-polleys and other berry desserts. Free.

MINGLE WITH MASCOTS:

Mingle with your favorite mascots from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the National Aquarium. Children can meet and shake hands with the Aquarium's Puffin, the Oriole Bird, the Hoya Bulldog, T-Rex from the Maryland Science Center, Phillip's Crab, Chessie and the Washington Capital's Eagle on Pier 3 outside the Aquarium. Free.

KIDS' STUFF:

Decipher the facial expressions and body movements of two mimes as they perform baseball-related skits at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. ImagiMIME, a creative dance and theater presentation is part of the Kids' Stuff entertainment series, which continues on Thursday with Kinderman John Taylor, who will provide a release for kids' pent-up energy starting at 10:30 a.m. with his program of exercise through song and dance. Where: Rash Field's Kaufman Pavilion. Free.

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