Take a glimpse into Baltimore's past and a gander at its present in the musical play " 'Bout Baltimore," this weekend and next weekend at St. Timothy's School. The Pumpkin Theatre presents the children's play by Mark Andrew Beachy that follows the trail of a young girl on her journey through Baltimore. Led by Herbina, an Inner Harbor crab, the young girl is introduced to places, events and famous figures in Baltimore, from Lord Baltimore to Cal Ripken.
" 'Bout Baltimore" was the winning entry of WMAR-TV's Baltimore Bicentennial Playwriting Contest. The play was cited for how it instills in children pride in their city.
The play will be at the Hannah More Arts Center at St. Timothy's School, Greenspring Avenue in Stevenson, May 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. A sign language interpreter will be present for the 3 p.m. May 18 performance. Tickets are $7 in advance; $8 at the door. Call 410-323-9316.
If you're looking for a unique way to spend Saturday, stop by the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House for a display of sheep shearing, wool spinning and yarn dyeing. See a demonstration of wool dyeing that duplicates the red and blue colors of the Star-Spangled Banner. Tour the Flag House -- Mary Pickersgill's house, visit the 1812 Museum and watch a video on the War of 1812. Appearances by a Mary Pickersgill look-alike and food historian Sue Latini will delight all. And children will get a kick out of practicing spinning on drop spindles and weaving on hand-held looms. The Flag House was home to Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the garrison flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814 and was the inspiration for our national anthem.
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, 844 E. Pratt St. in Baltimore, will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4 adults; $3 seniors; $2 children. Call 410-837-1793.