Festival of Trees fund-raiser delayed on busiest day due to power failure

November 29, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A power outage early yesterday in Timonium kept the Festival of Trees -- an annual fund-raiser for the Kennedy Krieger Institute -- closed for much of the day, causing the loss of thousands of dollars on what is traditionally its busiest day.

Marla Shaivitz, spokeswoman for the show at the state fairgrounds, said the doors were supposed to open at 10 a.m. Instead, they remained closed until 4: 30 p.m., after Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. installed a generator to supply electricity.

Nancy Caplan, a spokeswoman for BGE, said a transformer blew at 5: 30 a.m., cutting off power to hundreds of homes and other customers in the area.

Power was restored to most users about 6: 30 a.m., but not to the fairgrounds.

Shaivitz said the show continues today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- two hours later than usual for its final day. Proceeds benefit patient programs and research projects at the institute, which primarily serves developmentally disabled children.

Pub Date: 11/29/98

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