Cooling Off By The Scoopful Baltimore City

July 09, 1993|By Katherine D. Ramirez | Katherine D. Ramirez,Staff Writer

It may be as sticky inside Lexington Market as outside this hot-weather weekend, but the goo likely will be the drippy kind during the historic shopping site's 11th annual Ice Cream Festival.

Talk about cool.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke delivered a short proclamation yesterday afternoon to begin the three-day event. The temperature outside the market was just hitting the 100-degree mark.

Leonard Jaslow, the general manager of the 211-year-old public market, said he expected the ice cream event, if not the ice

cream itself, to attract upward of 40,000 visitors -- in part because of the crowds arriving in Baltimore for the doings connected to Tuesday's All-Star Game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Lexington Market's event was moved up two weeks to coincide with All-Star weekend. It will feature not only a variety of flavors, but programs as well -- including several ice cream-eating contests (the sticky part), live music and celebrity appearances.

Seventeen ice cream vendors will be dispensing their frozen wares.

"It's a fun time, a sticky time. And a good way to escape the hot weather," Mr. Jaslow said.

At a celebrity ice cream booth, local radio and television personalities will be manning the scoops, with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House. Ice cream for the fund-raiser was donated by the Breyer's, Green's and Jack & Jill ice cream companies.

More than 60 heat-beating varieties of ice cream will be offered by the vendors. As the promotional buttons read at the Lexington Market, "get your last licks in" by Saturday afternoon with one of the sweetest ways to beat the heat this weekend.

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