Academy salutes John Paul Jones He was born in...


July 04, 2002|By Helen B. Jones and Alexa James

Academy salutes John Paul Jones

He was born in Scotland, served the empress of Russia and died in Paris, but John Paul Jones is best known as a naval hero of the American Revolutionary War. You can give him his due Saturday (the 255th anniversary of his birth) at the U.S. Naval Academy's John Paul Jones Day. Activities run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include a march to Jones' crypt (he was reinterred in the academy chapel in 1913), a color-guard ceremony and wreath-laying at the crypt, talks, tours, flag-raisings and the cutting of a birthday cake with a sword. Meet at the academy's Armel-Leftwich Visitors Center (Gate 1 off King George Street, Annapolis). Everyone over age 16 must show a photo ID. Call 410-263-6933.

Movies under the stars

How appropriate: The Little Italy Open Air Film Festival kicks off the day after Independence Day with James Cagney kicking up his heels in Yankee Doodle Dandy. The musical bio of all-American song-and-dance man George M. Cohan starts at 9 p.m. tomorrow at the intersection of High and Stiles streets. Eight other films will be shown in the weekly Friday-night event -- same time, same location. The lineup: Moonstruck, July 12; Forrest Gump, July 19; Shrek, July 26; Life Is Beautiful, Aug. 2; Grumpier Old Men, Aug. 9; Il Mostro, Aug. 16; Tea With Mussolini, Aug. 23; and Cinema Paradiso, Aug. 30. All films are free. Call 410-727-6876.


New edition of New Edition, plus En Vogue

They'll be getting down without Bobby Brown, but what else is new? The reunited guys from that hit '80s R&B group New Edition will take to the Pier Six stage tomorrow without the member who went on to marry Whitney Houston. Show time for Ronnie DeVoe, Mike Bivins, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant is 7:30 p.m. The opening act is En Vogue (above). Remember their 1992 girl-power hit "My Lovin' (Never Gonna Get It)"? Tickets are $38-$59. Pier Six is at President Street and Eastern Avenue. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Dickeyville sights and sites

Take a hike through history Sunday with the Friends of Gwynns Falls Leakin Park. The setting is the very historic, very picturesque West Baltimore community of Dickeyville. The four-mile free walk takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and takes in such sights and sites as the mill community's Presbyterian church, its archives, the oldest continuously lived-in home in Baltimore and the Gwynns Falls stream. Participants also are invited to join the residents' Fourth of July celebration in the town park. The tour guide is Dickeyville resident historian Sam McCready. Meet at the tennis court parking lot, Eagle Drive entrance to Leakin Park (off Windsor Mill Road). Call 410-945-2365.

Dance a fandango

Maybe you've mastered the twist, the macarena and even the tango, but can you do the fandango, the Indian queen or the bawdy-house riot? Learn these 18th-century dance steps and more when the Historic Annapolis Foundation offers Colonial dance lessons from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and July 16 and 23. In an 18th-century garden at the William Paca House and Garden, 186 George St. in Annapolis, instructor Ieva Ersts will teach participants of all ages and experience levels. Fiddlers Martin Ersts and Richard Greene will provide the music. A single lesson is $10 for HAF members, $15 for nonmembers. The cost for all three sessions is $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Registration is required; call 410-267-7619, Ext. 8146.

Pick up your pace to help

Lace up your sneaks and head to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to raise money for underprivileged and physically and mentally challenged residents of the Baltimore area. The Oriole Advocates' 14th annual 5K Home Run, Fun Run & Walk takes place at 8 a.m. Sunday. Participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and a take-away meal from Outback Steakhouse. The 5K course snakes through Camden Yards and South Baltimore neighborhoods; the Fun Run & Walk follows a route in and around Camden Yards. Random prizes and age-group awards will be given out after the races. Register online at or Fees are $18 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under through Saturday. Race-day entry fee is $20 for adults, $15 for children.. Free parking in Lots B and C. Call 410-377-8882.

The effects of hate

In October 1998, Matthew Shepard (pictured), an openly gay college student living in Laramie, Wyo., was abducted and brutally assaulted by several men. He died less than a week later. The Laramie Project dramatizes the effect of that hate crime on the people of Laramie. The "theatrical docudrama," based on more than 200 interviews with Laramie townspeople, is the opening event in Potomac Theatre Festival 2002 at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. The play begins Tuesday and continues through Aug. 11. Show times vary; tickets are $15-$35. Call 301-924-3400 or visit

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