Arts for autumn
Autumn promises to bring many art festivals to the Baltimore area as a prelude to the holiday gift-giving season. Among the best is the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium running tomorrow through Sunday. This show, an institution in the area for 21 years, features more than 400 artisans and crafts designers. The festival's array of 14-karat gold and sterling silver baubles is sure to whet your appetite for jewelry, or perhaps an exquisite ceramic vase or blown-glass candleholder would do the trick. There will be displays of 3-D artwork, wrought-iron furniture and hand-tooled leather wallets. Entertainment and refreshments also will be provided.
The festival begins tomorrow, running from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. It continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults; children under 12 and parking are free. Take I-83 to Padonia Road one mile, turn right on York Road. Fairgrounds are on the right. Call 800-210-9900. October is Fire Prevention Month. To help ensure that its citizens keep fire safety in their minds, the Baltimore City Fire Department will kick off the month with the annual Fire Exposition and Parade this Saturday. This year's festivities will begin at 10: 30 a.m. with a parade that will feature the Boumi Temple Marching Bands & Riding Units, the Oriole Marching Unit, various high school bands and large displays of modern and antique firefighting equipment. After the parade, the northwest corner of Patterson Park will be converted into a staging area for the second half of the day's events, the Fire Expo. The Expo will include water rescue and firefighting demonstrations, police bomb squad and K-9 exhibitions, the Chesapeake Skydiving Team and the Highrise Rescue Team with the state police helicopter. There also will be clowns, childrens' activities and food.
The 1997 Fire Expo and Parade will begin at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Conkling Street this Saturday at 10: 30 a.m. The parade route will travel west on Eastern Avenue to Linwood Avenue. At noon, the northwest corner of Patterson Park will be the site of the Fire Expo portion of the festivities. Admission is free. Call 410-396-5752.