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July 01, 1999|By Karin Remesch

MeadeFest '99

Enjoy carnival rides and games, magic and puppet shows, roaming clowns, music ranging from rock to jazz to patriotic, a military car show, the Marine Silent Drill Team and plenty of food this weekend at the annual MeadeFest on McGlachlin Field, Mapes Road and Llewellyn Avenue, Fort Meade. A 5-kilometer fun-run/walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, and the three-day festival closes with fireworks Sunday evening. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday. Admission is free, and carnival ride discounts are offered from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 800-662-4012.

First Thursday

For a celebration of downtown Baltimore, start with a lunchtime concert of salsa and jazz-infused sounds by Jump Street from noon to 2 p.m. today at Centre Plaza, across from the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel. The fun continues along Charles Street with music and art, including a preview of Artscape. Niki Lee presents folksy, acoustic sounds at 5:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon's West Park. Move on to Louie's Bookstore Cafe for food and live Caribbean-style music by Mambo Combo beginning at 7 p.m. Other First Thursday highlights include free or discounted admission to Charles Street and Mount Vernon attractions, including the Washington Monument, Walters Art Gallery and Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting. Also take advantage of restaurant specials and extended shopping hours. Call 410-342-SHOW.

'Live, Gifted and Black'

Celebrate the works of African-American composer Adolphus Hailstork at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's eighth annual "Live, Gifted and Black" community concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The free concert, presented by the orchestra's Community Outreach Committee, features soprano Janice Chandler, the Morgan State University Choir, tenor Thomas Young (pictured) and child soprano Darrien CoField. The program includes "Intrada," "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes," "Festival Music" and "Done Made My Vow." For free tickets, call 410-783-8000.

'Snow' in summer

Learn about the healing grace of a young woman's love for a young man with a wounded spirit when Gordon Porterfield's "Snow" opens today and runs through July 18 at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. The play, which is geared to a mature audience, is part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9-$11. Call 410-276-7837.

AROUND THE HARBOR

AVAM Pet Parade

Dress your pet and strut your stuff Sunday at the American Visionary Art Museum's annual Pet Parade. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and the parade steps off at 10 a.m. at the museum, 800 Key Highway. Awards will be given for best costume, best owner and pet look-alike and most patriotic. The parade kicks off the "Big Kaboom!" -- a daylong Independence Day celebration that includes a display of kinetic sculpture vehicles and art cars and puppet theater. There will also be music and a workshop by the didgeridoo band Kurunba. Listen to Zydeco music by Roy Carrier and the Night Rockers of New Orleans from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the sculpture plaza, then enjoy fireworks over the Inner Harbor. The pet parade and evening concert are free; admission to the Kurunba concert and workshop is $5; admission to the museum and other activities is $1. Call 410-244-1900.

Mary Chapin Carpenter at Pier Six

"Come On, Come On" and listen to the "Hometown Girl." Grammy Award-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter presents a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion. Also featured is Solas. And after the concert, watch as fireworks light the Baltimore sky in celebration of Independence Day. Tickets are $34; lawn seating is $21.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Happy birthday, Harborplace

Celebrate 19 years of Harborplace and salute the homecoming of Baltimore's waterfront icon, the USS Constellation, with a cake and music from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. After the cake-cutting ceremony, listen to the Jukebox Heroes. The event is just the beginning of a weekend full of festivities in celebration of the USS Constellation's homecoming and the Fourth of July holiday weekend. For details, see Page 3. Call 800-HARBOR-1.

Baltimore Blues Festival

For 12 hours of blues, indoors and on the waterfront, attend the 5th Annual Baltimore Blues Festival Saturday at a new venue, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. More than 20 national, regional and local blues and roots-music artists perform from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on an indoor and an outdoor stage, including Mighty Sam McClain (below), Big Jack Johnson (above), Bobby Parker, Catfish Hodge and T.T. Tucker. Documentary films can be viewed throughout the day, and there's plenty of festival food. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate; free for children under 14. Call 410-494-9558 or 888-494-9558.

Pub Date: 07/01/99

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