Taneytown festivalStep back in time through living history...


August 26, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Taneytown festival

Step back in time through living history Saturday in Taneytown. Listen to Abraham Lincoln (Jim Getty) give his Gettysburg Address; visit a Civil War encampment; watch demonstrations of 19th-century arts and crafts; and browse through Sutlers Row. Also enjoy a puppet theater, children's activities and plenty of food. Because of the danger of fire during the drought, hot-air balloon rides and the battle re-enactment are canceled. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park, West Baltimore Street at Routes 140 and 194. Admission is free. Call 410-751-1100, Ext. 20.

Vince Gill

When country superstar Vince Gill headlines the 12th Annual Metris Companies Benefit Concert for Cystic Fibrosis -- beginning at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. -- you'll be treated to excerpts from the Grammy Award winner's newest album, "The Key." Also expect to hear such chart-topping hits as "I Still Believe in You," "Little Adrianna" and "Whenever You Come Around." Tickets are $25 and $50, and all proceeds benefit research to fight the genetic disease. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Sacred symbolism at BMA

Learn about the history, construction and symbolic significance of sacred garments worn by Buddhist priests in Japan when the Baltimore Museum of Art presents "Robes of Deliverance" Wednesday through Feb. 27. The exhibit of 17 garments includes kesa, the large fat mantles worn around the priest's body, and ohi, stoles worn over the shoulder or arm of the priest. The objects on view, which have never before been on display, illustrate a variety of techniques and motifs, including examples of embroidered, tie-dyed and woven materials. The museum is at 10 Art Museum Drive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, during Freestyle; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is $6, $4 seniors and full-time students, free ages 18 and under and Thursdays. Call 410-396-7100.

Snowfair '99

Take your most treasured snow dome -- water-filled paperweights that "snow" when shaken -- to "Snowfair '99," from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Childe Harold Restaurant, 1610 20th St. N.W. in Washington. Billed as the world's biggest swap meet for tacky, plastic snow globes, the shaker's ball attracts collectors who will buy, sell and trade their blizzards-in-miniature. Also on display are advertisements, figural, seasonal and older glass globes and snow-dome-themed items. The fair is organized by Nancy McMichael, the grand dame of the dome circuit, who has collected more than 6,000 snow globes. Admission is $5; free for kids under 8. Call 202-483-6700.


Patti LaBelle among performers at Pier 6

Starting at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Inner Harbor's Pier 6 Concert Pavilion, rock guitarist Jeff Beck will deliver fast-paced, techno-tinged songs such as "Mama Said," the opener of his newest album "Who Else!" -- a collection of 11 guitar-powered instrumentals. Pavilion seats are $30; the lawn is $20. Return to Pier 6 at 8 p.m. Saturday and listen to Grammy Award winner Patti LaBelle (pictured) when she presents such legendary hits as "Over the Rainbow," "Lady Marmalade" "New Attitude" and "On My Own." Chaka Khan also performs. Tickets are $41.50 for pavilion seats; the lawn is $31.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Live the spirit and the legend of 16th-century England when the Maryland Renaissance Festival opens Saturday for a nine-weekend run off Crownsville Road, between Routes 450 and 178, Crownsville. See a sword swallower, watch jousting in full armor and listen to music and choral groups. View artisans' 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 and other activities. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. Admission at the gate is $13.95, $12 seniors, $4.95 ages 7-15, free under 7. Call 800-296-7304.

Doggie Swim

Dress your dog in his most fashionable bathing suit and let him show off his strokes at a Doggie Swim from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Patterson Park Pool, 148 S. Linwood Ave. The event, which marks the last official hour of the swim season, includes a swimsuit competition with lots of prizes. Information on various canine organizations will be offered, and a pet doctor will answer questions. Participating dogs must be licensed, at least 4 months old and have proof of rabies vaccination. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 410-396-7012.

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