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September 11, 1997|By Lori Sears and John Coffren

Defender's Day

Go back in time and meet one of American history's most notable couples, as Mr. and Mrs. Francis Scott Key come to life at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Saturday. Living-history actors Alan Gephardt and Sonia Socha portray the couple. Hear Mr. Key's recollections of the bombs bursting in air as he recounts tales of the bombardment of Baltimore in 1814. And listen in as Mrs. Key describes her hectic life -- married to the famous Georgetown lawyer and raising 11 children.

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and 1812 Museum is open for tours year-round Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Flag House was home to Mary Pickersgill, maker of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired Key to write the poem that became the national anthem. Children attending the program can practice writing "The Star-Spangled Banner" with a quill pen.

Mr. and Mrs. Key will receive visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Flag House Garden, 844 E. Pratt St. Admission is $4 for adults; $3 seniors; $2 children, students and military personnel. Call 410-837-1793.

Children's Day

Kids can spend the day being entertained by live music, puppetry, juggling, magic, face-painting and more Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Ladew Topiary Gardens. There will be live music by Calliope, performances by the Kindersingers, Kissy & Tracy and the Puppet Factory in the Gardens, as well as balloon sculpting, hatmaking, a treasure hunt and a Mad Hatter's Tea Party for children of all ages. House and garden tours will be available as well. Tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays from 10: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Oct. 31.

Ladew Topiary Gardens is at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike in Monkton. Admission for children is $1; seniors and students $5; adults $6. House and garden tours available for children for $2; seniors and students, $7; adults, $8. Call 410-557-9466.

What's up, duck?

Go quackers at the 10th annual Duck Fair this weekend at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum and Grounds of the Bayou Condominiums. Watch regional artisans ply their centuries-old woodcarving craft at the Decoy Show or listen to callers mimic waterfowl at the Duck and Goose Calling Regional Championships.

The fair is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is at 215 Giles St., Havre de Grace. Admission is free. Calling contests, except for the junior division, carries a $20 entry fee. For more information, call 410-939-3739.

Pub Date: 9/11/97

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