FESTIVALS:You can check out two ethnic...


June 10, 1994


You can check out two ethnic festivals, plus a street party, this weekend near the Inner Harbor.

* The St. Nicholas Greek Community's annual Greek Folk Festival begins today and continues through the weekend at two sites a couple of blocks apart. The hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and tomorrow and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. At St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St., you'll find cultural exhibits, folk dancing, imports and jewelry for sale, a tavern and Greek food. At Ponca Street and Foster Avenue, you'll find bands, rides and games, food and drink.

* The Lithuanian Festival, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at Hopkins Plaza, between Baltimore and Lombard streets, will celebrate 741 years of the Baltic nation's culture. The event will feature food, music and dances. Scheduled to appear are Gyvataras, a Lithuanian dance group from Canada; Zagarai, a Lithuanian dance band; and two Baltimore Lithuanian dance groups, Malunas and Ratelis.

* The Federal Hill and South Baltimore communities will throw the third annual South of the Harbor FunFest, a street party, from noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday around the Cross Street Market. The festival will have seven hours of continuous music and entertainment on four stages. Other activities will include pony rides, fingerprinting, arts and crafts and photo IDs. Information: 625-2000.


Two organizations will be conducting fund-raisers Around the Inner Harbor this weekend:

* The sixth annual Sail for Sight Regatta to benefit the RP Foundation will start at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Harbor View Yacht Club, 500 Harbor View Ave., off Key Highway. Information: 225-9400.

* For those who've had, or are likely to have, hips, knees and other body joints replaced, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation will sponsor its "Joint Parade" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Pier 6, Pratt Street. The event is a one-mile walk to raise money for orthopedic research and education, and patient services and programs. Information: 561-5583.


The City Life Museums are seeking Baltimore memorabilia with cultural, historical or personal significance to the Peale Museum for use in a permanent display at the Morton K. Blaustein City Life Exhibition Center, which is to open in fall 1995.

Objects should relate to ethnic groups, neighborhoods, family traditions and celebrations, popular culture, local folk, city spaces or milestones. No perishable or living items such as food or plants will be accepted. Information: 396-3523.

The Peale Museum, 225 Holliday St., will exhibit icons native to the city. The exhibit will include the famous "Hon" signs taken from the Welcome to Baltimore sign on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, memorabilia from the White Tower diners, a tea service by Samuel Kirk and a bottle melted in the Great Fire of 1904.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 396-3523.

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