ITALIAN VISITORThe Italian aircraft-carrying cruiser...

AROUND THE INNER HARBOR

November 04, 1994|By Holton F. Brown

ITALIAN VISITOR

The Italian aircraft-carrying cruiser Giuseppi Garibaldi is in port and will be open to visitors this weekend -- an opportunity to see a modern naval ship different from those that more regularly are open for tours around the Inner Harbor.

The cruiser is docked at Pier 5, North Locust Point, off Fort Avenue in South Baltimore, virtually a neighbor of Fort McHenry.

The Garibaldi, named for an Italian patriot, is not quite two football fields long (591 feet, to be precise) and came with a crew of 770 officers, petty officers and enlisted men. Construction of the ship began in 1981, with launching two years later, and commissioning in 1987. When built, the Garibaldi was the largest naval vessel constructed for the Italian navy since the end of World War II.

The ship will be open for free public tours from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Baltimore Operation Sail and its corporate sponsors are playing host to the vessel. C'mon down between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday to the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, for "Bounty on the Bay," an indoor/outdoor waterfront event featuring all kinds of Made-in-Maryland wines, food and crafts. Visitors will be treated to prizes, displays, demonstrations and goodies for sampling and buying from more than 36 Maryland companies.

Among those exhibitors: Baltimore Brewing Co., Berrywine Plantations, Bestway Distributing, Boordy and Fiore Vineyards, Larriland Farms, Oxford Brewing Co., Pompeiian Inc., South Baltimore Brewing Co., Thrashers French Frieds, Tulkoff's and Weber's Farms.

Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for senior citizens and

students, with children under 6 admitted free.

ODDS AND ENDS

Children can become architects and interior decorators from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow at The Gallery at Harbor Place. Here's the bit: The children will each get a shoe box, and then from supplied materials make beds, sofas, tables and chairs to furnish their miniature rooms. The finished rooms will be on display in the windows of The Gallery from Nov. 14 though 18. Free.

* Tomorrow, a visit to the home of wheelwright John Hutchinson will bring an insight to his work as costumed characters playing his family and a free black servant, show off work of the era. Shows every hour starting at noon; last show at 3 p.m., at the City Life Museums, 800 E. Lombard St. Information: 396-3523.

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