CREATIVE ICE:Not all ice is bad. In fact, artisans can...


January 28, 1994


Not all ice is bad. In fact, artisans can make wonderful things happen visually with a block of ice, given the right tools and time.

You can watch them work tomorrow when pros cut and chisel figures out of about 3 1/2 tons of ice. Four two-person teams from

the National Ice Carvers Association will compete using chain saws, chisels and carving tools, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, corner of Pratt and Calvert Streets.

Judging will be at 3:30 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 4:15 p.m. Spectators may vote for the "People's Choice Award."


Boat shoppers and dreamers will want to cruise over to the Convention Center for the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, which opens at 11 a.m. tomorrow and continues through Feb. 6.

The selection runs from inflatables to luxury cruisers and should satisfy most shopping or wish lists. In addition to inspecting the hundreds of boats, engines and marine accessories on display, people can also take part in fishing and water skiing workshops.

A sideshow being underwritten by a juice company will feature a 20-ton sand sculpture of two huge crabs in a "fast-talkin' card game." Cathy Colvin, who works for a California company that does this work as a business, began crafting the crabs yesterday. She's expected to finish the work Sunday.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 6. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

Forget the ice. Only three weeks remain until the first Orioles start spring training in Florida. If you need an even-earlier baseball fix, though, Oriole Park at Camden Yards will be hopping from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. The event is called the Orioles Winter Carnival, and it means player clinics, games, prizes, memorabilia and autographs from such baseball figures as Damon and Don Buford, Arthur Rhodes, Jim Poole, Brad Pennington and Elrod Hendricks.

The action takes place on the club and clubhouse levels of the ballpark. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Information: 685-9800.


The dinosaur board game returns to the Maryland Science Center tomorrow and will continue through May 8.

The game features six moving and roaring robotic dinosaurs complete with the sickle-clawed velociraptor that created mayhem in the film "Jurassic Park."

To play the game, players spin a "dino spinner" and progress through game squares filled with dinosaur facts and instructions on how to behave like a dinosaur (the instructions are presumably for the adults).

The Science Center is at 601 Light St. at Key Highway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children 4 through 17, seniors and military personnel. Information: 685-5225.

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