Sunfest and surfingOcean City will be concentrating on two...


September 19, 1996

Sunfest and surfing

Ocean City will be concentrating on two "S" words this weekend: sun and surf. The 22nd annual Sunfest will feature LTC kite festival, boat show, treasure hunts and a fun run. Boardwalk parade takes place today at 9: 30 a.m. Other highlights include wildlife exhibits, scarecrow making, arts, crafts, a bonfire and a sand sculpting contest.

For some sporting competition, O.C. visitors can head to the 8th Street beach Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and watch contestants in the Maryland State Surfing Championships. About 60 top amateur surfers from four states will be vying for the top prize.

Sunfest hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. All events are free except for a charge for evening entertainment. For the latest information, call (410) 250-0125. For information on the surfing competition, call (410) 723-3330. Portsmouth, Va., will be celebrating unity at its 6th annual Umoja Festival this weekend. The waterfront will be filled with the aroma of jambalaya, curried chicken and yellow rice. At the opening ceremonies on Saturday at 10 a.m., drummers will perform a traditional African drum call.

The festival will feature jewelry, art, clothing, crafts, books and international foods. Community organizations will provide information on subjects ranging from AIDS prevention to sickle cell anemia and affordable housing initiatives. Children may learn about traditional African games and activities. There will be a living history stage and a gospel fest. To help bring festivities to a close, jazz artist Kim Waters will perform Sunday.

The Umoja Festival will take place at the Portside Festival Marketplace area, directly off the Elizabeth River on Water Street and Crawford Parkway. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The festival is free, but there are fees for some performances. For more information, call (757) 393-8481.

Pub Date: 9/19/96

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