Tree lighting festivalThe sights and sounds of the season...


November 27, 1997|By Lori Sears

Tree lighting festival

The sights and sounds of the season will fill the streets of Towson Monday, as the annual Tree Lighting and Caroling Festival begins at the Towson Courthouse Plaza. Festivities start at 6 p.m. with songs from the Towson High Brass Choir and refreshments from the Sheraton Baltimore North. At 6: 30 p.m., the tree lighting ceremony begins, as a live tree that stands against the courthouse is dressed in lights. Local politicians will speak and then flip the switch to light the night. Caroling and a visit from Santa Claus will immediately follow the ceremony.

The festival takes place Monday at 6 p.m. just behind the Towson Courthouse, Washington Avenue between Pennsylvania and Chesapeake avenues. Rain date is Tuesday. Free admission. Free parking in the Washington Avenue garage after 5: 30 p.m. Call 410-825-1144.

Bongo the dog

Bongo's life began as a neglected and mistreated puppy. Rescued from the roadside and taken in by artist Peter Loose, the pup began to trust people again. Soon, the duo became a trio when Peter met Sandy. And now, Bongo's got quite a gig.

He finds himself the star of the new book, "Bongo is a Happy Dog!" travels in style, plays piano and entertains children and adults everywhere.

Bongo will be at the American Visionary Art Museum Saturday along with Loose, his human translator, and author Sandy Loose-Schrantz for a creative family workshop and book-signing. part of the workshop, Bongo will inspire children and adults to RTC create one more page for his book. He welcomes happy endings.

Bongo, Peter and Sandy will appear noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the AVAM, 800 Key Highway. Free with museum admission of $6 for adults; $4 for children, seniors and students. Call 410-244-1900.

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