Renaissance FestivalLive the spirit and the legend of...

AROUND THE HARBOR Blues and country at Pier Six BEST BETS

August 27, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Renaissance Festival

Live the spirit and the legend of 16th-century England when the Maryland Renaissance Festival opens Saturday for a nine-weekend run in Crownsville. See a sword swallower, watch authentic jousting in full armor and listen to music and choral groups. See craftspeople's wares and feast on food ranging from steak on a stake to massive smoked turkey legs and fried cheeses. Test your skills at games of chance while children enjoy pony rides, a maze and archery. Hours are 10: 30 a.m. to 7 Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. Admission is $4- $13.95. Call 800-296-7304.

'The Railroad Goes to War'

Experience a World War II Bond Rally with celebrities such as Abbott and Costello and Sophie Tucker, visit a USO canteen, watch military troops and vehicles in action and listen to big-band music this weekend at the B&O Railroad Museum. See the impact the railroad had during World War II when the museum presents "Rally Round the Flag -- The Railroad Goes to War" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in its historic 1884 Roundhouse, 901 W. Pratt St. (The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) Also tour the B&O office car and an authentic troop sleeper. Admission is $6.50; $5.50 for seniors; $4 ages 3-12; free for ages 2 and under. Call 410-752-2490.

Best of Baltimore

When you party with the "Best of Baltimore" this evening at Parrot Island in Fells Point, you can sample from the menus of more than 50 Baltimore restaurants, give yourself a new sense of style with fake body piercing, get your feet moving to live music by Lake Trout and New Censation, then cool off with microbrews. At the same time, you'll help raise money for Family Tree, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect. Baltimore magazine's "Best of Baltimore" Party runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission in advance is $50; at the door, $65. Call 410-889-2300.

Earth, Wind & Fire

Listen to songs of love, hope and unity Saturday when Earth, Wind & Fire presents a concert at 7 p.m. at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. The recipients of six Grammy awards, four American Music Awards and 50 gold and platinum albums, Earth, Wind & Fire's hits include "Shining Star," "That's the Way of the World," "Sing a Song" and "September." Also appearing are the Isley Brothers and the O'Jays. Tickets are $15-$39.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'Lives Along the Avenue'

Explore the lives and diversity of people who live and work along Baltimore's Park Heights Avenue in "Park Heights: Lives Along an Avenue," a photo documentary exhibit opening Wednesday at the Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Created by journalist/essayist Amy L. Bernstein and photographer Kristine L. Buls, the exhibit highlights the experiences of the African-American, West Indian, Muslim and Jewish communities along Park Heights. The exhibit runs through Nov. 29. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, and noon to 2: 30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Call 410-542-4900, Ext. 239.

A cup of poetry

Poets Bruce Jacobs, Edgar Silex and Barrett Warner will read from their works at the grand re-opening of the Function at the Junction Poetry Series, beginning at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday at Coffee Junction, 803 Frederick Road. Subsequent readings will be held the first Wednesday of each month through May. An open reading is scheduled after each monthly program.

Admission is $2. Call 410-719-7717. You'll be singing the blues tonight when B.B. King, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John and Storyville present a concert at 7 p.m. at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, President Street and Eastern Avenue. And beginning at 8 p.m. tomorrow, enjoy country tunes by Clint Black and Steve Wariner. Admission for tonight's blues festival is $37.50 for the pavilion and $25 for lawn seats. Tomorrow's concert is $40 and $25. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Summer Antiques Fair

From tiny enamel boxes to roomfuls of furniture, this weekend's Baltimore Summer Antiques Fair includes items for every collecting interest and budget. Offerings by more than 550 dealers from around the world include silver, porcelain, pottery, art glass, bronzes, prints, jewelry, textiles, Roman antiquities, Pacific and Asian arts and more. Also featured is an Antiquarian Book Fair. Hours for the fair are noon to 9 p.m. tomorrow, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center. A three-day pass is $8. Call 301-924-5002 or 410-649-7396 during the show.

Pub date: 8/27/98

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