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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

March 25, 1994

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MARYLAND

Today is Maryland's birthday. On this date in 1634, Maryland's first settlers conducted a Mass of Thanksgiving at the site of their landing on St. Clement's Island. The Maryland Colonial Society, in conjunction with Baltimore and the state of Maryland, will conduct its 53rd annual Maryland Day ceremonies at the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse, Fayette and Calvert streets.

Mr. and Mrs. James McKay (yes, he of TV sports announcing renown), will receive the society's Marylanders of the Year award for 1994. Also, prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place student winners of the society's 13th annual Maryland history essay contest.

PILGRIMS

As many as 500 palm- and poster-carrying young people from Roman Catholic parishes throughout metropolitan Baltimore are expected to gather at Rash Field tomorrow for an 11:45 a.m. rally followed by a two-mile walk through parts of downtown.

The Archdiocesan Pilgrimage for Young Adults and Youth will head first for the Paca Street home of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who was the first American-born Catholic to be canonized. Walkers will then go to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, where Archbishop William H. Keeler will celebrate a Palm Sunday Mass at 3:45 p.m.

The pilgrimage is patterned after one in Denver last year during Pope John Paul II's Youth Day visit.

A youth concert from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Catholic Center's auditorium, 320 Cathedral St., will end tomorrow's Baltimore pilgrimage program.

200 YEARS OF NAVAL HISTORY

Maryland Democratic Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Republican Rep. Helen Delich Bentley of the 2nd District and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will help the city celebrate the Bicentennial of the Naval Act of 1794 at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Harborplace Amphitheater. Joe Dicara will sing, the U.S. Naval Academy Band will play, and the academy's Silent Drill Team and the Fort McHenry Guard will perform.

The Constellation, the first commissioned ship under the act, is docked nearby -- undergoing refurbishment. For Sunday only, admission to the Constellation will be reduced: $2 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 15; children under 6 free.

AND FINALLY, ENRICHMENT

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus leaves town Sunday, but has some reminders of its presence at the Arena for the past couple of weeks to leave behind. Gardeners will be able to get elephant droppings -- proclaimed as the "greatest fertilizer on Earth" -- from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at The Arena parking lot, 201 W. Baltimore St. It's free.

Come early, and bring your own shovel and container. Last year, some people had to be turned away.

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