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November 13, 2003|By Julia Furlong

A hungry estate

Think your annual preparation of a Thanksgiving feast is a nerve-racking affair? Just think how daunting it would be to create a meal for an entire estate, every night.

"From Field to Fork: The Mansion and Farm Worked Together" is being offered at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hampton National Historic Site in Towson. The program will explore what it took to prepare a meal in the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn how the many people on the vast estate were provided for. This free, one-hour culinary investigation will include viewing the many outbuildings that were necessary components of meal preparation.

The park is located at 535 Hampton Lane in Towson. Admission is free. Visit www.nps.gov/hamp or call 410-823-1309.

Dining with sharks

The sharks at the National Aquarium in Baltimore would love to have you for breakfast. "Breakfast With Sharks," presented as part of the Shark Quest exhibit, is taking place at the aquarium from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday. The program, for ages 8 to adult, includes a continental breakfast and the chance to watch a shark feeding. Staff members will discuss how they perform medical checkups, and they'll talk about recent shark research and how everyone can protect sharks and their habitat. The event includes admission to the aquarium. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Admission is $14 for members, $24 for nonmembers. The National Aquarium in Baltimore is at 501 E. Pratt St. Visit www.aqua.org or call 410-576-3800.

Home & Craft Show

The second annual Baltimore African American Holiday Home & Craft Show will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The upscale show will feature home-improvement specialists, artists of etched glass, fine china and life-size wood carvings, as well as home-security companies, art distributors and more.

There will be seminars on topics ranging from the decorating principle of feng shui to how to choose a contractor.

The Hyatt Regency Hotel is at 300 Light St. Adult admission is $5. Children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over will be admitted free. Call 410-654-5433.

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