Inside, outside House and garden tours The 65th annual...

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April 25, 2002|By Mary Carole McCauley

Inside, outside

House and garden tours

The 65th annual Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage begins the first of its six tours this weekend: On Saturday, tour 16 homes in Kent County; Sunday, tour 12 homes in Talbot County; May 4, tour 13 homes in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood; May 11, tour 11 homes in Calvert County; May 18, tour 14 homes in Frederick County, and May 19, tour nine homes in Montgomery County. Each home will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per tour and can be bought in advance from Pilgrimage headquarters, 1105A Providence Road, Towson, or at any house on the day of the tour. Call 410-821-6933 for a brochure and map or visit www.mhgp.org.

A show of orchids

For sheer show, no other flower can rival an orchid. Only orchids have produced species like paphiopedilum, with a prominent lower pouch that makes these plants the gigolos of the flower world, or phaleonopsis, with its saucily curled tongue. These and other genera will be on display at the Maryland Orchid Society's annual show running tomorrow through Sunday at the Owings Mills Town Center, 10300 Mill Run Circle, during the mall's normal business hours. The exotic blooms will be presented in natural settings including ponds and waterfalls. Free guided tours of the exhibit will begin at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Festivals

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

So many pretty things, so little money. More than 350 artisans, many from Maryland and Washington, will display their creations this weekend at the 24th annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. There also will be demonstrations of art forms as different as wood turning, papermaking and iron-forging. The show, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at York and Timonium roads in Timonium, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. Tickets: $7 for adults; free for children younger than 12. Call 301-990-1400 or visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com.

Hopkins Spring Fair

The students at the Johns Hopkins University are holding their annual Spring Fair on Garland Field of the Homewood campus, near Wyman Park Drive and the Baltimore Museum of Art. The family-oriented event runs from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be carnival rides, arts and crafts for sale, face painting, balloons and performances for kids, a beer garden and, as the press release notes, "food! food! food!" Headlining the fair is the rap group the Roots, which performs at 7 p.m. Saturday in the JHU Recreation Center, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets cost $15. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit www.jhuspringfair.com.

Performance

Philadanco at the Meyerhoff

One of Baltimore's greatest drawbacks as an arts town is its lack of a professional resident dance company. And that makes Tuesday's visit by Philadanco (the Philadelphia Dance Company) all the more important. The critically acclaimed company emphasizes works by American choreographers, and blends African-American inspirations with jazz, ballet and modern dance. The group performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets cost $22-$42. Call 410-783-8000 or visit www.baltimoresymphony.com.

Ohlsson performs at Shriver Hall

The tony French periodical Le Monde swoons over pianist Garrick Ohlsson, declaring that he knows "all the expressive and technical resources of the keyboard." Ohlsson, who is perhaps best known for his interpretations of Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, comes to Baltimore as the finale to the 36th season of the Shriver Hall Concert Series. He will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Shriver Hall on the Johns Hopkins University campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets cost $28 and $14 for students. Call 410-516-7164.

Joplin's 'Treemonisha'

Opera buffs are in for a treat: The Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore is presenting five performances of Scott Joplin's rarely produced Treemonisha. The opera is set in a small community of former slaves in Arkansas after the Civil War. Marlissa Hudson and Jocelyn Taylor will alternate as the female lead, Treemonisha, while Keith Craig and Colon Eaton share the role of Remus, the male lead. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. May 4, and 4:30 p.m. May 5 at Frederick Douglass High School, 2301 Gwynns Falls Parkway. Tickets cost $15; $12 for senior citizens and $9 for students and children younger than 12.Call 410-329-6874 or visit www.muniopera.org.

'Lucia di Lammermoor'

Feuding families, star-crossed lovers, murder and suicide. Romeo and Juliet? Close. It's Lucia di Lammermoor, which will close out the Baltimore Opera Company's 51st season. Sopranos Valeria Esposito and Youngok Shim (pictured) will alternate the role of Lucia. Tenor Roberto Aronica will perform Edgardo for four performances, although Gran Wilson will play that role this Sunday. Show times at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., are 8:15 p.m. tomorrow and May 3, 3 p.m. Sunday and May 5, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 410-727-6000 or visit www.baltimoreopera.com.

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