Kunta Kinte Heritage FestivalFor a celebration and...

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August 12, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival

For a celebration and preservation of the rich traditions of African-American, African and Caribbean cultures, attend the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival this weekend at St. John's College in Annapolis. More than 60 vendors offer fine arts, crafts and information on area organizations. Also enjoy traditional African cuisine, ethnic dancing, storytelling, mask-making, educational seminars and musical sounds ranging from drumming to rhythm and blues, jazz and jazz fusion, Calypso and gospel. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5, $3 seniors and ages 4-12; free for kids under 4. Family discounts are available. Call 410-349-0338.

Hot August Blues

Swing to blues sounds from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday when Brad and Marcia Selko open their Monkton estate for the 7th annual Hot August Blues, an outdoor benefit concert in support of the Contemporary Museum and the Baltimore Blues Society. Performing at BradMar Manor are Carl Weathersby, Jumpin' Johnnie Sansone, Memphis Gold, Dwayne Dopsie Zydeco Band and Deanna Bogart. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $25 and are available at various outlets, including all Bibelot bookstores, the Baltimore Blues Society and the Contemporary Museum. Call 410-333-8600.

Peach festival

Peach pie, peach ice cream, peach bread, peach jam -- everything will be peaches Saturday at the Carroll County Farmers Market Peach Festival at the Agricultural Center, Smith Avenue, in Westminster. Also featured are home-grown produce, handmade crafts and demonstrations of how to make stained-glass cathedral windows and leather works. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. Call 410-848-7748.

Foxy Brown at the Recher

When Foxy Brown steps on stage Saturday at the Recher Theatre, 512 York Road, she'll be cheered by fans of her sexually charged, hip-hop tunes. Expect to hear songs from her new album, "Chyna Doll." The concert starts at 8 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 410-337-7178.

Jam Reggae Festival '99

Travel to Caribbean islands without leaving town this weekend when the Jamaican Association of Maryland presents its first Jam Reggae Festival at Clifton Park, Harford Road and St. Lo Drive. The two-day festivities include reggae and Caribbean music, arts and crafts, ethnic food, folk dancing and more. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3; free for ages 12 and under. Call 410-290-5635 or 410-433-4158.

Havre de Grace Seafood Festival

Sample dozens of seafood dishes, browse through arts and crafts displays, cheer on chefs in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Crab Cake Challenge, try your luck in the Maryland Crab Calling Contest and enjoy continuous entertainment this weekend at the 19th annual seafood festival at Millard E. Tydings Memorial Park in Havre de Grace. There's also plenty of food for landlubbers. Other activities include pony rides for children and an auction. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 410-939-1525.

India Day

Celebrate India's culture and art from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Central Plaza on Fayette Street, between Charles and Liberty Streets. A Showcase of Nations ethnic festival, India Day features colorful dancers, vocal music and such culinary specialties as samosa, chole bhature and papsi. The art of henna hand-painting also will be demonstrated. Admission is free. Call 410-484-0225.

Around the Harbor

Hispanic Festival

Get into the groove with ethnic music and dance from Colombia, Panama, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Cuba and Puerto Rico at the Hispanic Festival this weekend at Market Place, near the Port Discovery children's museum. Taste authentic native creations, such as arroz con pollo, caviche and tamales. View displays of handmade jewelry and textiles from Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia and other South American countries. And get information on participating countries at cultural booths. A parade of Hispanic flags kicks off opening ceremonies at 3 p.m. Saturday. Hours for the free festival are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11: 30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call 410-931-1640.

Free concerts by the water

From Friday Night Live! to Hot Harbor Saturday Nights to Celebrate America Sundays, you can enjoy live music this weekend and every weekend throughout the summer at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. Rob Fahey and The Pieces offer acoustic-inspired rock and roll from 5: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow; Mama Jama presents roots reggae and Caribbean party music from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and the Jazz Ambassadors, the Army's touring jazz players, perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 800-HARBOR-1 or 410-332-4191.

Pub Date: 8/12/99

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