Under the Big TopChildhood just wouldn't be the same...


August 28, 1994|By Lisa Wiseman

Under the Big Top

Childhood just wouldn't be the same without a trip to the circus. And what better way to see the circus than the way it was intended, under a big-top tent? In fact, the world's largest circus tent, belonging to the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus, makes a stop at Harundale Mall from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. It's hard to imagine how 3,000 spectators, a couple dozen clowns, elephants, tigers and assorted acrobats could all fit under one tent, but they do. Once you step inside, you're transformed to the days of the old-fashioned circus show, complete with tightrope walkers, dancing bears and the ever-classic human cannonball. If the sight of a man shooting himself out of a cannon and hurtling through the air doesn't excite you, I don't know what will.

Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus, Harundale Mall parking lot, Route 2, Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Show times are 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $6 for children and seniors. Reserved seats are also available for $2 more. A limited number of free tickets for children will be available from participating Harundale Mall stores. Call (410) 760-5600.

Crab cakes, soft crabs, steamed crabs, deviled crabs, crab soup, crab fluffs, crab puffs and anything else that can be made from a Maryland blue will be served at the annual Maryland Seafood Festival held at Sandy Point State Park Sept. 9-11. Besides food, food and more food, there will be kids' activities, a treasure hunt, educational activities, beach bingo and a sand-sculpting contest. Music fans can catch Willie Nelson performing Friday night, the Hubcaps on Saturday and Marge Calhoun on Sunday. And don't miss the crab soup cook-off on Saturday. No seafood festival would be complete without one. Personally, I think my mother's crab soup is the best.

Seafood Festival, Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 10-11. Willie Nelson concert 6 p.m. Friday. Admission is free on Friday, $6 Saturday and Sunday. Tickets to the Willie Nelson concert are $22.50, $75 for a VIP pass. Call (410) 268-7682.

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