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May 16, 2002|By Helen B. Jones

'All Aboard Days'

Choose to choo-choo this weekend at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Round-trip train rides on a classic steam locomotive are being offered Saturday and Sunday between the museum and Mount Clare Mansion in Carroll Park. "All Aboard Days" will also feature a 60-foot "O"-gauge train garden, restoration-shop tours, track-work demonstrations, food and fun for children and adults. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $5-$8; rides are extra. Call 410-752-2490 or log on to www.borail.org.

Festivals

Lithuanian Festival

Can't get enough desra, kopustai and viryta? The Lithuanian sausage, sauerkraut and honey liqueur will be available aplenty at the 30th annual Lithuanian Festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Catonsville Armory, 130 Mellor Ave. There also will be dancers in Lithuanian costume, traditional music, crafts and books about and from Lithuania. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is $2. Call 410-646-0261.

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

Color your world with the blues Saturday and Sunday at the fifth annual Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. Corey Harris and the 5x5 Band will kick things off at 11 a.m. Saturday. Other national and local acts include Jerry Lee Lewis (yep, that Jerry Lee Lewis, pictured) and the Killer Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Shemekia Copeland, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Mary Lou and the Untouchables, Johnny and the Headhunters, and Carey Bell and Maria Muldaur (yep, that Maria Muldaur). Between acts, you can check out an interactive exhibit dedicated to the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, browse among crafts and buy food and drink. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the gate. A two-day pass is $50 advance; $60 at the gate. Children under 10 are free. Gates open both days at 10:30 a.m.; the music starts at 11 a.m. Call 410-481-SEAT for tickets; 301-780-5720 for more information.

Butchers Hill Garden Tour

Sunday's third annual Butchers Hill Garden Tour will take visitors into a dozen private gardens as well as showcase three public parks (Patterson, New Castle and Duncan Street) in the historic East Baltimore neighborhood. The private green spaces on the tour range from pocket-sized oases with potted plants to expansive gardens with mature trees and lush perennials. Meet at the White House, just inside Patterson Park (East Lombard Street and South Patterson Park Avenue). The tour runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). Tickets are $7 in advance (from the Fells Point office of Long & Foster or O'Conor, Piper & Flynn), $8 on Sunday. Call 410-342-7061.

'Son of Drakula'

Part detective story, part travelogue, part memory play: That's Son of Drakula, the newest work by Maryland native and Obie-winning playwright David Drake. The one-man play, based on Drake's journey through Eastern Europe to find his family's roots, has its world premiere tonight at 8 at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Drake, creator of the award-winning play The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, stars in Drakula, which also looks at father-son relationships, gay politics, growing up in Harford County and "the wild, wild world of vampire worship." The play continues through June 1. Show time is 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Tickets are $20 general seating; $15 seniors, students and artists. Call 410-752-8558.

The Living Flag

Oh, say can you see nearly 4,000 schoolchildren creating a living 1814 flag at Fort McHenry next Tuesday. The annual Living Flag event is part of a patriotic program that celebrates Baltimore's defense against the British in the War of 1812. The free program begins at 9 a.m. and includes an airplane fly-over (to get the flag on film), musical entertainment and appearances by Mary Pickersgill, Francis Scott Key, Harriet Tubman, George Washington and other historical figures. There also will be a "Baton of Patriotism," which will be passed by a participant in the first Living Flag (1914) to a student taking part in this year's event. Fort McHenry is located at the end of Fort Avenue. Call 410-252-3132 or 410-825-1037.

'Wine in the Woods'

Celebrate the grape at the 10th anniversary of "Wine in the Woods" this Saturday and Sunday. The Columbia wine festival offers 10 samples of Maryland-made wine, a souvenir wine glass, food, arts and crafts, and continuous live entertainment for an admission fee of $18. Scheduled performers include Junkyard Saints, Deanna Bogart, Carl Filipiak and Junior Cline & the Recliners. Of course, you must be 21 or over to drink, so bring your ID. The location is Symphony Woods, off Broken Land Parkway. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. both days (rain or shine). Call 410-313-7275.

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