Buy, sell, trade or just examine stamps and other items of philatelic interest this weekend at BALPEX '98, a national stamp show sponsored by the Baltimore Philatelic Society at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn. Exhibitors from around the world will display rare collections. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A three-day pass is $4; free for seniors and those under 18. Call 410-655-5556 or 410-375-1656.
Celebrate the official opening of the new NFL Stadium at Camden Yards with a "Touchdown Baltimore" festival tomorrow through Sunday in and around the stadium. Highlights include ++ the interactive NFL Experience from noon to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, where fans can test their football skills on 10 hands-on activities; a free concert with Richard Belzer as the master of ceremonies, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday on the north parking lot and featuring the Baltimore Symphony, followed by a light show extravaganza; and two free stadium open houses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The Baltimore Ravens will inaugurate the new stadium when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers at 1 p.m. Sunday. For a complete listing of festival activities, call 410-986-5292.
Irish Folk Festival
For two days of Celtic music, song, dance and food, attend the 22nd annual Washington Irish Folk Festival this weekend at Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. Altan, Solas and the Greenfields of America headline this year's event. Also among the 200 performers are balladeer Danny Doyle, the Irish quartet Beginish, and the John Whelan Band. There'll be craft demonstrations, dance workshops and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate; free for kids under 11. Call 800-955-5566.
Hard Crab Derby
Get your fill of crabs and everything that goes along with them this Labor Day weekend at the 51st annual Hard Crab Derby along the boat docks in Crisfield. Tomorrow through Sunday you can enjoy rides, music, games, crafts, a parade, fireworks and plenty of food, including steamed crabs. And don't forget to enter your finest crab in the Crab Derby - crawl-off is 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The daylong festivities begin at 9 a.m.
tomorrow, 7:30 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Admission is $4, $2 ages 12 and under; tomorrow after 6 p.m., admission is free. Call 800-782-3913.
Here's your chance to dance the "Crocodile Rock" two nights in a row. Elton John will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge in Virginia and at 8 p.m. Sunday at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. Lawn seating is available for both concerts. For Nissan, call 410-481-SEAT; for Merriweather, 410-481-6500.
Around the Harbor
Follow the flag
Join living-history actors from the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and Fort McHenry on Saturday in a re-enactment of the historic transfer of the Star-Spangled Banner from the home of Mary Pickersgill, where it was made, to Fort McHenry, where the flag flew during the Battle of Baltimore. A full-scale 30- by 42-foot replica of the original flag will be carried by horse and cart from the Flag House at 844 E. Pratt St. to Fort McHenry. The 3-mile journey starts at 8 a.m. Free. Call 410-837-1793.
Enjoy an evening of stargazing from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today when the Maryland Science Center reopens its rooftop observatory after a 10-year hiatus. You can take a good look at the sun, moon, galaxies, bright stars and planets through the center's refurbished and updated 1927 Alvan Clark & Sons refracting telescope. Those who can't climb the 25 steps to the dome will be able to watch via live TV links to the planetarium downstairs. Admission is free. Verify viewing conditions after 5 p.m. Call 410-545-2999.
Listen to the contemporary sounds of Jazz Caravan during Saturday Sunsets at the Top from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Top of the World Observation Level and Museum on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres are provided. Admission is $5; $3 seniors and children. Call 410-837-VIEW.
'A Taste of the Arts'
Sample "A Taste of the Arts" from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. The family event offers dance, singing, music and children's entertainment, including performances by Cantor Alan Rubenstein at noon; the Moving Company at 2 p.m.; and the Tummelers Klezmer Band at 4:30 p.m. Food and drink available. Admission is free. Call 410-356-5200.
Pub Date: 9/03/98