CULTURAL FEASTForeign cuisine and music are the order of...


August 06, 1993|By Karen Zeiler


Foreign cuisine and music are the order of the day tomorrow and Sunday when Indians and Hispanics celebrate their heritage at two area festivals.

* The Hispanic Festival at Hopkins Plaza features dancers and musical groups from Peru, Colombia, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico and Chile. Savor specialties from Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Ecuador. Also see the Hispanic Beauty Queen of Baltimore competition at 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Information: 235-9231 or 837-4636.

* India Day, part of the Showcase of Nations series, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Festival Hall. Relax to the sounds of Indian music. Exotic dishes, including dosas -- pancakes stuffed with potatoes or meat -- and tandoori chicken will be available. Indian crafts also will be on sale. Admission: $2. Information: 538-7810 or 837-4636.

Around the turn of the century, the No. 26 trolley ferried passengers to Bayshore Park for a dip in the bay and welcome relief from the summer heat. A modern-day trolley will re-create that once-popular journey this weekend. The Straw Hat Tour and Picnic, sponsored by the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Society for Industrial Archaeology, is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The trolley leaves from the Public Works Museum on President Street and travels to Fort Howard, where visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch on the bay. From there, visitors will be transported to old Bayshore Park -- now North Point State Park -- for a tour and program by park rangers. (Sorry, no swimming is allowed.) Wear a straw hat and pack a picnic lunch. The cost is $15 per person, with a special rate of $30 for families. Beverages

are included. For reservations, call 727-4808.


Orioles past and present are the subject of a new exhibit that opened Wednesday at Camden Station. "Hometown Heroes" includes photographs of team members from 1954 to the present, a tribute to retired Orioles numbers, a life-size 1993 Orioles team photo and more. Admission: $2 for adults and $1.50 for seniors and children 16 and under. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to game time on game days and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on nongame days.


Join seals, sharks and other aquatic critters at the National Aquarium's 12th anniversary party. Hear music, meet Puffin -- the aquarium's mascot -- and win prizes. Dolphin shows and feedings are scheduled, and bands will take the stage on Pier 3, including Swing Central (from 10 a.m. to noon), The Mooks (from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and Regency (from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Prize packages that include an aquarium T-shirt, key chain, hat and stuffed animal will go to 12 lucky winners. In past years, anniversaries have been observed as dollar days. This year's Dollar Day is scheduled for Dec. 11. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: $11.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children 3 to 11. Children under 3 are admitted free.


The U.S. Navy Band Topside -- a four-member combo that performs for White House, Pentagon and Navy receptions -- will give a free concert at the Harborplace Amphitheater at 4 p.m. Sunday. In case of rain, the concert will be canceled.

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