Fair-weather season is the season for local fairs Let's Get Feastive!

April 17, 1994|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

In Sunday's Arts and Entertainment section, the wrong phone information number was printed for the Preakness Celebration, May 13-21. The correct number is (410) 837-3030.

The Sun regrets the errors.

When carnival rides and festive banners begin to sprout on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University, you know the season has arrived -- festival season, that is.

Baltimore-area residents traditionally view next weekend's Spring Fair, now in its 23rd year, as the first of several dozen community-based festivals that draw thousands of visitors throughout the spring and summer.

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Emilie Salama's introduction to the student-run event at Hopkins came a few years ago, when she was a high-school senior visiting the campus from her Houston home on a "pre-frosh" tour.

"I walked onto campus and it was the week before Spring Fair and I thought, 'Something big is going on here,' " Ms. Salama says. A junior majoring in material sciences engineering, she is co-chair of the 1994 edition of the annual spring event.

The fair offers midway rides, arts and crafts and community booths, a children's area and food in a variety of ethnic flavors. It usually draws more than 100,000 visitors.

"It kind of gives us a chance to say 'Thank you for letting us invade your city for four years,' " Ms. Salama says of the fair, which is planned and operated by some 300 student volunteers. Her co-chair is junior Edward Tobin, a political science major from New York.

A portion of receipts is donated to the Catholic Charities Family Treatment Program.

The planners went to work before Thanksgiving on the 1994 fair, which has been titled Carnaval '94, after the pre-Lenten festival celebrated in many nations. "We were looking for something with a little more color, a little more spice," says Ms. Salama.

Opening ceremonies are planned for noon Friday, with WMAR-TV anchor Beverly Burke as host.

Acoustic guitarist Dave Wilcox headlines the Friday night concert, at 8 o'clock at Shriver Hall. This is the only general public event for which admission is charged; tickets are $16.50 and are available through TicketMaster, (410) 481-7328.

Nighttime entertainment for area college students with valid identification, for a $3 cover charge, is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday in the University Union.

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Spring Fair kicks off the season, but spring and summer offer a wide variety of festivals held in the Baltimore region. Mark your calendars for some of these events. Many are free, while others charge nominal admissions. Call ahead for details:

Anne Arundel County Fair Spring Festival, Saturday and April 24, at the fairgrounds on Route 178 in Crownsville. Craft show, horse shows, tractor pulls, pony rides and band concerts. Hours: 8 a.m. breakfast both days; grounds open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: (410) 923-3400.

Garden Day/Celebrate Towson With the Arts, April 28-May 1, in Towson. This new event is sponsored by Maryland Cultural Arts, an organization seeking to bring a cultural-arts center to Towson.

Garden Day, April 28, includes events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Towson Courthouse, and performances from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Towson Commons.

A fashion show is scheduled at noon April 29 at Paolo's, 1 W. Pennsylvania Ave. Weekend events include displays in a number of York Road storefronts, a Baltimore Film Forum showing April 29 and May 1, and musical performances at Towson Commons May 1. Information: (410) 823-ARTS.

Annapolis Waterfront Festival, April 29-May 1, at the Yacht Basin. Renamed this year, the event combines the city's annual arts festival with nautical events and ethnic foods.

More than 100 artisans display and sell their work. Maritime events include boat rides, displays of antique wooden yachts, a schooner race and a visit by the Norfolk Rebel, the world's only "tugatine," or sail-assisted tugboat.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 29 and 30; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1. Information: (410) 269-0661.

Arts Fest, April 30, Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

Nationally known jazz and classical flutist Paula Hatcher, a faculty member at the Peabody Institute, is the featured artist performing with the college jazz ensembles. Other performances include the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, Baltimore Symphonic Band, Baltimore Chamber Singers and Dimensional Dance Media.

The festival includes an arts and crafts show, food sales and an open rehearsal by the Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre. Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Information: (410) 780-6572.

Montpelier Spring Festival, May 1, Montpelier Mansion, on Route 197 in Laurel. Four performing stages offer music, dance and children's programs. Other events include arts and crafts, clowns, animals and food. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Information: (301) 776-2805.

Baltimore Flower Mart, May 4, Mount Vernon Place. The traditional Women's Civic League event, now in its 78th year, blooms with plant sales, from ornamentals to vegetables.

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