BAY:Baltimore, we're talking about. And...


September 30, 1994|By Holton F. Brown


Baltimore, we're talking about. And during October (it starts tomorrow, if you haven't looked) you'll be able to pick up on a number of events intended to increase your appreciation of the city's relationship to Chesapeake Bay. The coming week's adventures:

* The Baltimore on the Bay Oyster Shuck-Off and Oyster Appetizer Contest will be held at noon today at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. Shuckers from area markets and restaurants will vie for prizes. Afterward, judges will test their taste buds to find the best oyster appetizer in the city.

* Tomorrow, the 14th annual Blessing of the Work Boats will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Inner Harbor's West Wall. The traditional parade of watercraft honors the vessels that keep the harbor and bay running smooth.

* The always-interesting Fells Point Fun Festival will be held, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday in historic Fells Point at the foot of Broadway.

The 28th annual festival features four stages with music ranging from steel band to rockabilly and jazz to Andean. The Market Square Stage is located on Broadway Square; the Clipper Stage at the intersection of Thames, Ann and Fell streets; the Frigate Stage in the "Beer Garden" between Bond and Caroline streets and the Harvest Stage in the Harvest Garden, at Thames and Wolfe streets.

The Beer Garden will also feature Maryland wines and micro-brewery beers. The Harvest Garden will have domestic beers, a basketball toss for charity and a driving range to test your golf drive. Just remember to have a designated driver.

There's also plenty for the kids at the Family & Children's Area, at Thames and Bank streets. This area will feature face-painting, sand art, moon-bouncing and loads of other things for the young ones to get involved in.

The best thing about the festival is that, for the most part, it's free. Some activities carry a small fee, and food and drink will require a financial transaction, of course.

* The Old Bay Crab Soup Stakes will be held at noon Wednesday at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. This will feature a competition between restaurants to show off their best dishes. More about this monthlong promotion in next week's column.


Bonnie Blair, the five-time Olympic gold medalist in speed-skating, will doff her ice skates for a pair of in-line skates to lead a "Safe Skatin' With Skippy" program at Camden Yards Parking Lot A from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow.

The clinic led by the personable Ms. Blair is free.

Participants who bring a jar of Skippy peanut butter -- the brand sponsoring Ms. Blair's tour -- to the clinic will receive an autographed poster of the Olympian (while the supplies last).

Skippy will match each jar and donate all of them to the Maryland Food Bank.

If you want to get close and personal with a model of the port of Baltimore, visit the Top of the World, at the top of the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. during October. The 200-square-foot model depicts the port of Baltimore, showing a bulk loading facility, tugboats, barges and other equipment in the shipping industry. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and children 5 to 15. Kids under 4 are free. Information: 837-4515.

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