Event celebrates waterfront tradition BALTIMORE CITY

MARITIME FESTIVAL SETS SAIL TODAY

October 01, 1993

Across the waterfront, preparations have begun for the launching today of the fifth annual Baltimore on the Bay festival, a nearly monthlong celebration of the city's maritime heritage and seafood tradition.

Events begin with the seafood part -- a noontime oyster-shucking contest and waiters' race at the Harborplace amphitheater. And from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the 13th annual Blessing of Baltimore's Work Boats will feature a parade of boats honoring "the vessels that keep the Inner Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay running smoothly," organizers say.

Each boat is to be blessed by the Rev. Thomas L. Culvertson of Emmanuel Episcopal Church as it passes a reviewing area at the Inner Harbor's west wall, in front of the Light Street Pavilion of Harborplace.

The festival brings together under one large promotional umbrella an assortment of events, including this weekend's highlight, the 27th annual Fells Point Fun Festival.

Over the next three weeks, festival events will include a restaurant crab-cooking competition in the Old Bay Crab Soup Stakes from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the amphitheater; a Hands on the Harbor cleanup the morning of Oct. 9 from Canton Waterfront Park to Harris Creek Park; and the annual Columbus Parade downtown at 1 p.m. Oct. 10.

The final weekend will feature PortFest, with free tours of waterfront businesses, a seafood jamboree near Lexington Market and a Bounty on the Bay program at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

L For more information, call (410) 837-4636 or (800) 282-6632.

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