A cappella festival Celebrate the original musical...

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March 23, 2000|By Tom LoBianco

A cappella festival

Celebrate the original musical instrument -- the human voice -- and cheer on competitors Saturday at the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival at George Washington University in Washington. The festival will feature eight singing groups. The host is Minimum Wage, last year's Mid-Atlantic champions and third-place winners at the National Harmony Sweepstakes.

The festival starts at 8 p.m. in George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. N.W. Washington. Tickets are $16. Call 703-218-6500.

Happy birthday, Maryland

Celebrate Maryland's 366th birthday Sunday at a show of pageantry, ceremonies and living history in the state's first capital, Historic St. Mary's City, which is also an outdoor museum. The annual birthday party is also a kickoff for the museum's season, and all exhibits and sites will be open. The official ceremony starts at 1 p.m. on the lawn of the State House of 1676. Fourth-grade students from Baltimore City and every county in Maryland will participate in the Ceremony of Flags. St. Maries Citty Militia, a Colonial military re-enactment group, will also perform.

Hours for the Maryland birthday celebration are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic St. Mary's City is on Route 5, St. Mary's County. Admission is free. $3 parking fee. Call 800-SMC-1634.

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