Fells Point festival promises two days of fun, food, events

Don't forget to try some salsa lessons

Outside: sports, activities, events

October 02, 2003|By Meredith James | Meredith James,SUN STAFF

Join an expected 750,000 people as they descend upon Fells Point this weekend in search of fun.

The 37th Annual Fells Point Fun Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. While the festival was initially started to raise funds and awareness for the area when it was to be destroyed for a highway, it has turned into a showcase of historic houses, unique businesses and city life.

Tropical Storm Isabel will not cause any changes in planned events. According to festival coordinator Denise Whitman, "Fells Point has been here for hundreds of years and seen hurricanes before."

Five stages will ensure that the weekend includes nonstop entertainment. There will be something for everyone, with performances featuring rock, jazz, Cajun, country, barbershop, folk and ethnic rhythms. There will also be children's shows.

In addition, Whitman said, there is a larger beer garden this year. It is located on Harbor Point and is "the best view of the harbor." There will also be the largest ever arts show, including much more photography than in previous years. She also advises that festival-goers take the water taxi or arrive early to find a parking spot.

Arts and Crafts Row is presenting more than 100 handmade items, and International Bazaar offers more than 200 objects from around the globe. Arts on Parade will showcase fine arts and photography at City Pier, the former set of Homicide: Life on the Street. The Giving Place will be a haven for nonprofit organizations, and bargain-hunting is the theme at the Fun Fest Flea Market.

Four food courts with 50 chefs will entice visitors with creations that promise to be much more than festival food.

National Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated with La Plaza Hispana, a section of the festival promising continuing entertainment, including salsa and merengue music, Afro-Cuban drumming and dance performances. Vendors will be selling arts, crafts and traditional Hispanic cuisine, and there will also be a Latin dance contest, salsa dance lessons and face-painting.

This year, there is an added emphasis on amusing the little ones. For nonstop puppet shows, entertainment and the opportunity to make a puppet, head to Clown Town, an attraction aimed at children and the young at heart. There will also be carnival rides for those in search of thrills and excitement.

Parking is available on the street and at two garages located on Caroline Street. For full event listings, including a map and stage schedule, visit www.preservationsociety.com/ fellspointfunfestival2003.html.

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