O.C. and the Irish are celebrating too

September 21, 1995|By Steve McKerrow

Due to inaccurate information supplied to The Sun, performers at Sunfest '95 in Ocean City were incorrectly reported in yesterday's Live section. Neil Sedaka performs at 8 tonight and rock singer Jim Messina performs at 8 p.m. tomorrow. In addition, Tito Puente & His Latin Jazz All-Stars performed last night and are not scheduled to perform Sunday.

* The Sun regrets the error.

A pair of annual events are closing out the summer festivaseason this weekend, celebrating the cultures of the Emerald Isle and of Maryland's premier beach resort.

The 21st Annual Baltimore Irish Festival Weekend is scheduled tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at the 5th Regiment Armory, Howard and Preston streets.


The event begins at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow with a concert by singer Paddy Reilly. Tickets are $15. Daily festival hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4.

Sponsored by the Irish Charities of Maryland Inc., the festival includes exhibits of Irish crafts and other cultural items, food, traditional dance and music.

Headlining the musical acts are Celtic Thunder, a Baltimore/Washington group performing at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, and the Baltimore-based Helicon, performing at 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call (410) 837-0685.

Also this weekend is Sunfest '95, the annual early autumn beach party at Ocean City. It's scheduled today through Sunday in four big-top tents on the Inlet Beach at the foot of the boardwalk, south of the town fishing pier.

A strong northeaster forced cancellation of most Sunfest events last summer, and city officials met over the winter to plan more sheltered locations.

Daily hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

The central Sunfest site includes an arts and crafts tent, a food tent and a 2,000-seat pavilion, with continuous entertainment.

Nationally known headliners include Jim Messina (formerly of Poco and Loggins and Messina) at 8 p.m. Friday; Neil Sedaka, at 8 p.m. Saturday; and Tito Puente and his Latin Jazz All-Stars, at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Other highlights include the 15th Annual Sunfest Kite Festival, taking place daily on the beach at 5th Street; the 17th Annual Beachcomber Fun Run, a three-mile race from 33rd Street to the festival grounds beginning at 4 p.m. tomorrow; and the annual Treasure Hunt, at 11 a.m. tomorrow and Saturday, in which participants search for gift cards that can be redeemed for jewelry at a local merchant.

Sunfest planners urge visitors to take advantage of shuttle bus service because of limited parking near the festival site. Shuttle parking lots are located at the Francis Scott Key Motel in West Ocean City; at 39th Street adjacent to the Convention Center; at 65th Street at the Municipal Building and at 100th Street on the west side of Coastal Highway. The all-day bus fare is $1.

The Boardwalk Train also will run at half-hour intervals between Division Street and 27th Street, for a $1.50 fare.

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