Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

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May 17, 2001|By Karin Remesch

You'll be singing the blues this weekend at the fourth annual Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival at Sandy Point State Park, off U.S. 50 in Annapolis. The two-day lineup of musicians includes such blues stars as the legendary Bo Diddley, Grammy winner Keb Mo, guitarists George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Tinsley Ellis, Sista Monica, Big Time Sarah, Sue Foley and Big Jesse Yawn. Bring low-back lawn or beach chairs and blankets, but leave food and drink at home -- there'll be plenty of both at the festival. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and music continues from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the gate; a two-day pass is $50 and $60; free for children under 10. Call 800-551-SEAT.

'Wine in the Woods'

Sip some of Maryland's finest wines from souvenir glasses, sample gourmet cuisine created by area chefs, listen to live music, browse arts and crafts booths and watch food and wine demonstrations Saturday and Sunday at "Wine in the Woods -- A Celebration of Tastes" in Symphony Woods, off Broken Land Parkway in Columbia. Also, cyclists may test their skills in 12-, 25- and 50-mile routes through Howard County Saturday morning, then relax at the wine festival in the afternoon. Hours for the festival are noon to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is $14 in advance, $15 at the gate. Bike-ride fee is $32 in advance, $37 at the site (Symphony Woods) and includes admission to the wine festival. Day-of-event registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Call 410-313-PARK.

FOR THE RECORD - In yesterday's LIVE section, the wrong date was given for the Port to Fort Run/Walk. The event will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday. The Sun regrets the error.

AROUND THE HARBOR

'Port to Fort Run / Walk'

Lace up your sneakers and run or walk through South Baltimore Saturday morning -- to benefit Grant-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that provides support services to children with life-threatening illnesses. The four-mile "Port to Fort Run / Walk" winds through Locust Point and around Fort McHenry before returning to the starting point at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; the run starts at 9 a.m. The entrance fee is $15 in advance; $7 for employees of Home Depot (the sponsor), students and active military. The day-of-event fee is $20. Call 410-744-1032 or 410-377-8882.

'The Piano Lesson'

A treasured heirloom that threatens to destroy a Depression-era Pittsburgh family is at the center of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Piano Lesson," which opens Wednesday at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Boy Willie wants to sell the family's hand-carved piano to buy the Mississippi land on which his family once worked as slaves and sharecroppers, but his sister Berniece refuses. Berniece (Fanni Green, pictured) argues that the piano is a memorial to their family. The play, which concludes Center Stage's 38th season, runs through June 24. Times vary. Tickets are $10 to $50. Call 410-332-0033.

Jewish storytelling

Celebrate the rich tradition of storytelling in Jewish history and culture at the second annual "Manna From Heaven: Tales & Traditions" Sunday at Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 N. Eutaw Place. Stories and songs, workshops, arts, crafts and puppet shows for all ages will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free family event features Jewish storyteller Penninah Schram and guitarist, singer and composer Gerard Edery, among others. Reservations are required. Call 410-523-2446.

'Blacksmith Days'

Blacksmiths will set up forges and demonstrate their skills from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. Throughout the weekend at "Blacksmith Days," you can buy smithing-related items and see displays of tools, metals, techniques, coal and fire used in the art of blacksmithing. You'll also have a chance to bid on hand-forged items donated by local craftsmen at an auction at 4 p.m. Saturday. Food and guided tours of the museum are offered both days. Admission before noon Saturday is $10. After noon and on Sunday, general museum admission applies -- $3 adults, $2 children and seniors, free ages 6 and under. Call 410-876-2667.

Tom Wolfe at JHU

Celebrity author Tom Wolfe will speak at the Johns Hopkins University at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The author of "The Bonfire of the Vanities," "A Man in Full," "The Right Stuff" and "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," Wolfe is appearing at the free event to help the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries celebrate its 70th anniversary. The event takes place at Shriver Hall on JHU's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Call 410-516-6732.

D. L. Hughley and Bill Bellamy

You can watch them together on the silver screen in the recently released movie "The Brothers," and come Saturday, you can see comedians D. L. Hughley (top) and Bill Bellamy live on stage at the Morris A. Mechanic Theater, Hopkins Plaza. Hughley, star of the television sitcom "The Hughleys," and Bellamy, who's the voice of Skeeter on Nickelodeon's action-comedy series "Cousin Skeeter," will perform their standup comedy at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $34 to $56.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Robin and Linda Williams

For an evening filled with a blend of bluegrass, folk, country and gospel music, head on over to Cellar Stage at St. John's United Methodist Church tomorrow. Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group will be performing at 8 p.m. The Williamses have been musical and marital partners for more than two decades, and they are regular guests on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show. Cellar Stage is at 5315 Harford Road. Tickets are $16. Call 888-843-0933.

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