DOWNTOWN:Sample the diversity of downtown...

SHOWING OFF

October 07, 1994|By Holton F. Brown

SHOWING OFF DOWNTOWN:

Sample the diversity of downtown Baltimore, all Around the Inner Harbor, give or take a few blocks. Activities start today and continue into next week. A combination of events sponsored by the Downtown Partnership and the city's Office of Promotion constitutes what's being ballyhooed as "Baltimore by The Bay." Some of today's activities include:

The downtown-wide Sidewalk Sale that began yesterday will continue all day. From noon to 2 p.m., the Downtown Lunchtime Show will have greeters, entertainment and refreshments at various office buildings. And at 6 p.m., hot air balloons will take flight above Rash Field.

SATURDAY, THE SHOW GOES ON:

Have lunch or dinner at the Market Center Seafood Jamboree from noon to 6 p.m. on the parking lot next to Lexington Market, Eutaw Street around Lexington Street. Go. You can't miss it.

Reggae artist Winston Greenan will perform for Dancin' in the Streets at the Harborplace Amphitheater from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Cubic Feat will let loose with progressive sounds at Rash Field from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., lighted hot air balloons will soar above Rash Field.

AND ON SUNDAY:

The hot air balloons will be up early, this time at 7:30 a.m., again at Rash Field. The downtown-wide Sidewalk Sale continues all day. At participating restaurants, kids eat free when accompanied by a paying adult. Certain restrictions apply.

Sunday also will be a Family/Kids Day with a host of events and activities at participating attractions. Antique Row on North Howard Street will conduct an auction, starting at 1 p.m.

The Peabody Ragtime Ensemble will blast from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon Park. A local band will perform from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Broadway Square, in Fells Point. Little Italy's Sidewalk Family Festival will hold forth from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at High and Fawn streets.

TWO PARADES:

You can watch two parades -- one dry, the other wet -- this weekend:

* The wet parade will feature a procession of antique boats from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Inner Harbor.

* The dry version will be the annual Columbus Day Parade at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the line of march beginning at Key Highway and wending its way across Pratt Street to President Street.

SCHOONERS:

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race -- an overnight -- of sailing ships from Baltimore to Norfolk, Va. -- will be contested Thursday and Oct. 14. But you can see some of the picturesque competitors, including boats from Baltimore, Maine, Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania and, this year, Honolulu, in a parade of sail at 9:30 a.m. Thursday from Fells Point to the Inner Harbor, then out to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge for the official race start.

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