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October 16, 2003

NOW OR NEVER

If you've been blessed with the gift of shucking, McCormick & Schmick's second annual Shuck and Swallow Festival is your opportunity to compete for the Shuck and Swallow title on Sunday. The festival, held at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant in the Inner Harbor at 1 p.m., will award prizes to Baltimore's best oyster shuckers and swallowers. The many varieties of bivalves to be served include Imperial Eagle oysters from British Columbia, Pine Island oysters from New York, and Hog Island oysters from California. Chefs from area restaurants will compete against one another for the Shuck and Swallow title. Prizes will be awarded to the top three shuck and swallow combinations.

The festival will be held Sunday at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, 711 Eastern Ave. at Pier 5 in the Inner Harbor. There is no entry fee, but space is limited. To enter, call Jennifer Padgett at 410-243-3790.

-- Julia Furlong

COMING UP

The Vintage Jazz Wine Festival looks to be a lively weekend. This annual event is being held at Linganore Winecellars on Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. each day. Jazz is provided by the Todd Butler Band, performing at noon each day, and the After Hours Band at 3:30 p.m. In addition to wine tasting and tours, there will be bread and cheese, other refreshments and arts and crafts. For attendees too young to enjoy the wine, the festival includes a petting zoo, pony rides and a playground. Admission includes an engraved glass, wine tasting, a guided tour and the music. Be sure to bring identification, a beach chair and blanket.

Admission is $10 and free to minors with a paying parent. Parking is free. Linganore Winecellars is at 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy. For more information, call 410-795-6432 or visit www.linganore-wine.com.

-- Meredith James

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