Maryland Day celebration Think you know more than a...

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March 21, 2002|By Lori Sears

Maryland Day celebration

Think you know more than a thing or two about Maryland's history and state symbols? Sure, you know Maryland was founded on March 25, 1634, at St. Clement's Island. And perhaps you know a few of the state symbols: the Baltimore oriole (bird), the skipjack (boat) and the black-eyed Susan (flower). But there's lots more to know about our state and its symbols, and if you've ever wanted to pick up more information, an appropriate place to start would be at an event celebrating Maryland Day.

The Historic Annapolis Foundation celebrates Maryland Day on Saturday by opening its seven historic sites in Annapolis free of charge. The properties are the Shiplap House, 18 Pinkney St.; the Waterfront Warehouse, 4 Pinkney St.; the Barracks, 43 Pinkney St.; the William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St.; the Old Treasury Building, State Circle; the Museum Store, 77 Main St.; and the Indian King Tavern, 10 Francis St.

Visitors can get up-close to a diamondback terrapin (the state reptile) at Paca House, use clothespins and felt to create clips adorned with replicas of Baltimore checkerspot butterflies (the state insect) at Shiplap House, try a little square-dancing (the state dance) at the Old Treasury Building, and more.

The Maryland Day celebration runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Call 410-267-7619.

`Circus' puppet show

A puppet show about the circus? Why not? Theater Terra presents the puppet show Circus on Sunday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills. The tale centers around young Jimmy, who visits his grandfather, a former circus artist, in the older man's nursing home. Jimmy, inspired by the stories of his grandfather's daredevil feats at the circus, decides they need to put on a circus at the nursing home. Dick Field stars as the grandfather, with puppets starring in all other roles.

The puppet show takes place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. $12; $8 children. Call 410-356-SHOW.

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