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April 26, 2001|By Lori Sears

Maritime Heritage Festival

Celebrate Maryland's nautical heritage this weekend and next weekend in Annapolis at the Maryland Maritime Heritage Festival. An array of events and exhibits will entertain visitors, including sailing regattas, educational and environmental displays and music. Visiting boats, historic ships and traditional Chesapeake Bay water crafts will be on view, with many offering tours, including the Pride of Baltimore II. The festival kicks off this weekend with the Merrill Lynch Melges 24 Regatta, which begins at the Annapolis Harbor. The festival continues May 4-6 with all other events.

The festival runs Saturday and Sunday and May 4-6 at the Annapolis City Dock. The regatta begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Activities run 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 4-5 and noon-5 p.m. May 6. Free admission. Call 410-268-7676.

Civil War encampment

If not for the neighboring sky-scrapers, you'd swear it was the 19th century this weekend at Fort McHenry. The largest Civil War encampment in Baltimore takes place Saturday and Sunday with more than 200 re-enactors garrisoned at the fort. Visitors will watch demonstrations by troops on horseback, a cavalry charge, musket-firing and large-scale formations, as well as hear fife and drum music of the First Maryland Regiment.

Children will try on reproduction uniforms, see Civil War artifacts, take a look at original jail cells, send messages by telegraph and learn about sending signals with flags.

Saturday, Frederick Douglass IV, descendent of the famous abolitionist, will offer an address outside the fort's visitor center. Inside the visitor center, exhibits on the medical relief efforts of Clara Barton will be displayed, and tours will be offered. Saturday evening culminates in a dress parade featuring patriotic music, a historic drill and the changing of the colors.

The encampment takes place Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fort McHenry National Monument, East Fort Avenue. $5; free for ages under 17. Call 410-962-4290.

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