Digging into past at London Town

BEST BETS

April 11, 2002|By Lori Sears

You can only learn so much about the past from books. Eyewitness accounts are great, but there's nothing like actually finding clues to the past and remnants of history yourself. Saturday, you can dig alongside archaeologists and look for artifacts and evidence of the lost Maryland town of London. The Lost Towns Project and London Town Foundation sponsor "Archaeology Dig Days" once a month on Saturdays through September. No experience is necessary. Event is geared to ages 8 through adult. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

"Archaeology Dig Day" runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater. Free. Call 410-222-1919.

Dolphin celebration

Turning 1 year old should be a big deal. And for three young dolphins at the National Aquarium in Baltimore it will be a huge deal. Spirit, Raven and Maya will reach their first birthdays in April and May. And in honor of their big milestone -- for three dolphins born in the same year to survive is rare -- the aquarium is celebrating in style. Activities, events and celebrations will take place every weekend, now through June 30. Visitors can watch a film presentation that offers a glimpse into the dolphins' time in the nursery pool. Visitors can meet the dolphin trainers, hear stories and learn about the Marine Animal Rescue Program. There will be birthday celebrations with giveaways, arts and crafts and cupcakes for each of the dolphins' big days. Visitors can also watch the live dolphin show Coastal Connections: Dolphins at Our Shores, presented several times daily.

The dolphin festivities will be every weekend, starting Saturday, and running through June 30, at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. All activities are free with admission, which is $16; $9.50 children. Call 410-576-3800 or 410-727-FISH.

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