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October 30, 2003|By Meredith James

`Electric Pony' returns

Sunday is the 40th anniversary of the last full day of streetcar operations in Baltimore. As a tribute, the Baltimore Streetcar Museum will offer a commemorative parade of its historical fleet along a half-mile of track. "Fair of the Electric Pony" will allow visitors the rare opportunity to ride on these cars, which were built between 1880 and 1944. The "Fair" was initially held in 1928 by the United Railway and Electric Co. to showcase its fleet, and Sunday's tribute looks to do the same.

There are two scheduled show times, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., with each show lasting about 20 minutes. The museum, 1901 Falls Road, Baltimore, is open noon-5 p.m., and admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children aged 4-11 and free for children 3 and under. For information, call 410-547-0264 or visit www.baltimoremd. com/streetcar.

Victorian tea party

The Victorian era is celebrated by the Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute at 3 p.m. Sunday. The institute presents an afternoon tea and a fashion show of period wear at the visitor center for the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Music will be provided by Stephanie Spring, a student at the Long Reach Magnet School. The Victorian girls' school re-creates the feeling of the period through furnishings, art and garments seen while the school was open, from 1837 until 1891. Teas and sweets will be served by hosts in Victorian dress.

The Tea and Fashion Show will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mount Ida Visitor Center, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. Tickets are $25, and reservations are required. For information, call 410-465-8500.

Award-winning puppets

Baltimore puppet master Mary Jane Oelke and her Stringling Marionettes will present The Silly Circus at the National Theatre in Washington on Saturday. Oelke, who has been awarded the Maryland State Arts Council Award for solo theater performance, uses handcrafted marionettes. The circus show includes a ball-tossing bear, an acrobatic goat and a talented elephant; she performs all of the characters' voices. She is accompanied by Bill Patrick, who performs live music and sound effects.

The show is 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday at the Helen Hayes Gallery of the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.national theatre.org.

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