It's a week for the outdoors in Annapolis



WHAT JOY, that almost everything I have to promote this week involves being outside, or at least going somewhere outside to do something inside.

There are house tours and garden tours and a festival and an opportunity to walk across the Bay Bridge or to explore Annapolis on a new narrated tour.

Waterfront arts fest

This weekend can be full of self-indulgence if you're an arts, crafts, or culture aficionado, with the bonus of an opportunity to get all your holiday gift buying done seven months early!

The Waterfront Arts Festival takes over City Dock in Annapolis on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with artisans from across the country and participation by Annapolis performance groups.

There will be sailing, water dog demonstrations, food, roving entertainers and just a fine old time.

For details, call the sponsoring Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County, 222-7949.

Bay Bridge walk

There's competition for your recreational time on Sunday morning: the 22nd annual Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk, which last year attracted close to 60,000 participants.

The walk starts promptly at 9 a.m. on the eastern end of the 4.3-mile span. Buses leave authorized parking areas as early as 8: 30 a.m. The Maryland Transportation Authority, coordinators of the walk, urge people to get started early, as the parking lots fill up fast.

Authorized parking areas include Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis and Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, with two additional sites on the Eastern Shore.

There is a $1 charge for those 6 and older to help defray the cost of the buses. No parking is available at either end of the Bay Bridge or at Sandy Point State Park, though the park will be open.

Drinking water and portable restrooms will be available on the bridge. Running, jogging, pets, bicycles, skates, roller skates and skateboards are prohibited, though children's strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.

For information, or in the event of bad weather, call (800) 541-9595.

Junior Striders

This also is the weekend for the launch of the Annapolis Junior Striders Track Series, with the first race on Saturday, and additional competitions on May 18, June 1, 15, and 29, and July 13. Meets begin at 6 p.m. at Bates Track behind Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, with registration at 5: 30 p.m.

The Junior Track Series has 4 age groups: 5 and under, 6 through 8, 9 through 11, and 12 through 15. Two races are scheduled on each event date for each age group. Practice workouts are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and a distance training run on Saturdays at Quiet Waters Park.

For information on the series, fees, or to confirm practice times, call Scott Eden, 266-9304.

Passport to History

Historic Preservation Month is honored nationally in May, and there are few areas of the country with a richer lode of buildings from our country's early days than Annapolis and South County.

Six of Annapolis' historic attractions and the Naval Academy are joining forces to launch Annapolis Passport to History, a ticket that includes entrance to five historic buildings, one of two walking tours and a gift from the academy.

Included on the tour are the Banneker-Douglas Museum, the Charles Carroll House, the Chase-Lloyd Home, the Hammond-Harwood House, the William Paca House and Garden, the Naval Academy, and two tours sponsored by the Historic Annapolis Foundation. The African-American Heritage Walking Tour is new this spring.

The tickets, at $15 ($10 for children 6-18) are available thorough June 10. You do not have to visit all the attractions in one day.

Information: Annapolis Visitors Center, 280-0900.

Pub Date: 4/29/96

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