Catch the last ride at G.B. Carnival

August 06, 1998|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

If your golf swing this weekend isn't all you'd hoped it would be, you can still catch a ride on the swings at the Big Glen Burnie Carnival.

This is the last weekend for the annual festival that draws families throughout the region for more than 20 wild rides, games and 75-cent hot dogs and 25-cent Cokes.

The carnival at Crain Highway and First Avenue is sponsored each year by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association with the help of nearly 1,000 volunteers. It has all the traditional fix-ins -- from candied apples and crab cakes to pony rides and raffles. This year a $2 raffle ticket will buy a chance at winning a 1998 Jeep Cherokee with paid title, tag and license fees.

Admission and parking are free. Tonight, take advantage of the $9 ride-all-night special. Tickets must be purchased before 9 p.m. and pony rides are not included.

The carnival is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, 7 p.m. to 11: 30 p.m. tomorrow and 5 p.m. to 11: 30 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday. For more information, call 410-766-6760.

Naval Academy maritime fun

This weekend the U.S. Naval Academy is putting on exhibits and demonstrations celebrating Maryland's maritime history from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center.

The Nathan of Dorchester, a 45-foot authentic Chesapeake Bay skipjack, and the Marianne, a 22-foot Chesapeake Bay three-log canoe built before 1916, will be docked outside while inside a craftsman demonstrates woodcarving and two female barbershop quartets entertain.

Visitors also can meet author Hank Truowski, who will sign his book "Plebe: A Trilogy of Novels" from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, and author Anthony S. Pitch, who will sign his book "The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Guided walking tours of the Naval Academy also are available for a small fee.

Admission to the Maritime Maryland exhibit is free. For information and directions, call 410-263-6933.

Pioneer Drive has night out

The communities of Pioneer Drive will have their second annual night out Saturday with games, music and an evening candlelight vigil.

County Councilman Bert Rice, local police, the Boys and Girls Club and the YWCA are expected to attend and community groups such as the Interfaith Community Choir, Pioneer City Steppers and the Pioneer City Youngins will perform music and dance.

Festivities begin at 2 p.m. on Pioneer Drive. For more information, call 410-551-0573 or 410-551-9674.

Kunta Kinte festival

The 11th Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival is coming to St. John's College Saturday and Sunday, bringing vendors, arts and crafts, and a great variety of music and entertainers.

The festival celebrates the perseverance of African-American, African and African-Caribbean cultures. Kunta Kinte was one of 98 slaves brought to Annapolis in 1767. His descendant, Alex Haley, wrote of Kinte's bondage and determination to never lose connection with Africa in the novel "Roots."

Visitors can see authentic African fashions, Spanish, Caribbean and African dance and hear rhythm and blues, jazz, and gospel (( music performed on stage. Sample the traditional African cuisine. The festival also will award winners to the Kunta Kinte student scholarship and youth talent search.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for children and senior citizens.

Last sounds of summer

Summer is dwindling down and so are the concert series. The Chesapeake Cultural Arts series ends Saturday with a performance by Betty Hepler at 7 p.m. at the West River Center in Churchton. Hepler, a pianist and vocalist, will lead a community sing-along.

Also on Saturday, Avalon Muse will perform acoustic and electric blues at Quiet Waters Park near Annapolis. The 5: 30 p.m. concert ends with alternative country music by 5 Chinese Brothers.

Sunday, Downs Park at the end of Mountain Road will host the 229th Army National Guard Band for a 6 p.m. concert and Tuesday the Naval Academy will end its concert series with a finale concert at 7: 30 p.m. at Annapolis City Dock. The rain date for the Naval Academy finale is Thursday.

Pub Date: 8/06/98

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