Polo, no Marco The ponies are running at Monkton this...

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August 22, 2002|By Helen B. Jones

Polo, no Marco

The ponies are running at Monkton this Sunday and you can catch them at an "Afternoon of Polo." The event features polo matches, of course, as well as live and silent auctions of jewelry and art, a catered meal and cocktails. The Maryland Polo Club will play in the matches, which take place at Ladew Field, located on Route 152, behind Ladew Topiary Gardens. The event, which begins at 1:30 p.m. (matches start at 3 p.m.), benefits Abilities Network, a regional nonprofit organization that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. Tickets are $75. Call 410-828-7700.

Renaissance renewal

Hear ye! Hear ye! The 26th annual Renaissance Festival kicks off its nine-weekend run this Saturday and Sunday in Crownsville. Go way back in time and meet King Henry VIII and his queen of the moment, take a juggling lesson, chew on a turkey leg, quaff some ale, admire or purchase crafts, cheer for jousting knights and take in musical and theatrical performances. The festival's location is Crownsville Road, between Routes 450 and 178. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (through Oct. 20) and Labor Day, Sept. 2. Admission is $7-$16; children 6 and under free. Call 800-296-7304.

THEY'LL FLIP OVER THIS

The 2002 Mobile Skatepark Series rolls into the Baltimore area Saturday. Check out freestyle BMX riding, "aggressive" inline skating and lots of skateboarding derring-do as more than 90 professional athletes hit the Skatepark at White Marsh Mall, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd. The series continues through Sept. 2 and includes continuous music, video-game contests, graffiti art, pro clinics and opportunities for non-pros to use the Skatepark. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. daily. Admission is free for spectators, $8 for those using the Skatepark. Call 310-823-1865 or visit www.ASAevents.com.

Pendergrass performs

Teddy Pendergrass joined Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes in 1969 and quickly came to fame as the lead singer of the popular R&B group. That's him on the hits "Wake Up Everybody" and "If You Don't Know Me by Now." In 1976, he began a solo career marked by a string of sensual classics such as "Close the Door" and "Turn Off the Lights." A car wreck in 1982 left him paralyzed for life, but he continued his singing career, recording and performing off and on over the past two decades. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Pendergrass performs at Pier Six, 731 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $22.50-$52.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Annapolis Symphony kicks off season

Violinist Hilary Hahn, called "America's best young classical musician" by Time magazine, is the featured artist at the season-opening concert of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Tuesday at 8 p.m.. The Baltimore native will perform two works by Bach. Music by Grieg, Elgar and Turina also are on the program. The orchestra, conducted by Leslie B. Dunner, performs at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Tickets are $30-$50; $75 for a prime seat and a post-concert champagne reception. Call 410-263-0907 or visit www.annapolissymphony.org.

BSO Show House: A site to salute

Walk where Gen. Douglas MacArthur walked. See rooms named for him and one of his famous guests, President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Rainbow Hill, once the home of the famed American general, opens Sunday as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 26th annual Symphony Decorators' Show House. The 32-room mansion, situated on 19 acres in Owings Mills, will feature interior and exterior spaces decorated by 28 designers and landscape architects. In addition to touring the home, visitors can purchase items at a boutique and enjoy a meal in a cafe. The home, located at 10729 Park Heights Ave., will be open through Sept. 21. Tour hours are noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $15 and $20. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the BSO's Education and Community Outreach programs. Call 410-783-8000 or visit www.baltimoresymphony.com / showhouse.

Long, strange trip it's been

Jerry Garcia / A Visual Journey makes its way to the Sheraton Baltimore North this weekend. A touring exhibit of artwork by the late, lamented leader of the Grateful Dead, Journey features more than 50 lithographs and silk screens created from 1985 to 1995. The show is a product of Image Makers Art. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; all artwork is for sale. The Sheraton is located at 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Call 610-995-2533.

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