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December 04, 2003

City lights

This weekend is bright with holiday cheer as Fells Point and Canton light up the night. Starting at noon Saturday, the Fells Point Festival of Lights kicks off with carolers, musicians, skits, storytelling and vendors. A tree lighting will be held at 5 p.m. More events continue on Sunday.

The Parade of Lighted Boats commences at 6 p.m. Saturday. At least 50 sail and power boats are expected to be decked out in holiday lights to parade through the Canton, Fells Point and Inner Harbor waterways. For a unique view of the flotilla, visitors can go to the Top of the World Observation Level of the World Trade Center.

Saturday, the Canton neighborhood will shine for Light Up Canton, the third annual lighting of the O'Donnell Street Lamposts, followed by a performance by Kolbe Kids from Father Kolbe School. Local businesses and restaurants will offer promotions. It won't be a silent night in Fells Point, either: Christmas Karaoke begins there at 8 p.m.

The Fells Point Festival of Lights runs from noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday . Saturday, Light Up Canton begins at 6 p.m., as does the Parade of Lighted Boats. All activities are free. Admission fee to Top of the World Observation Level. For more information on the Fells Point Festival of Lights, call 410-276-1410; for information on Light Up Canton, call 410-342-0900. For information on the Parade of Lighted Boats, call 877-BALTIMORE or 410-837-VIEW.- Meredith James

`Street Cars of Desire'

See 300 antique, street-rod, custom and muscle cars, and trucks at the annual "Street Cars of Desire" show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium this weekend. The indoor show features an all-American, pre-1973 cast of cars and trucks. The vehicles will compete for awards in 34 classes.

Visitors can also catch a live auction, browse automotive items and NASCAR memorabilia from vendors, hear live country music from Dana Alexandra and meet American Graffiti stars Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The car show runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. $7; free for ages under 6. Call 410-825-2500.


Pumpkin Theatre presents Oliver!, a musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens' classic Oliver Twist, Saturday through Dec. 28 at St. Timothy's School in Stevenson. Lionel Bart's version, like the original, revolves around an orphaned London boy and follows his various adventures. Songs include "Food, Glorious Food," "Where Is Love?" "Consider Yourself" and "I'd Do Anything."

Starring in the title role is 11-year-old Sam Donnenberg. Anthony Spinnato portrays the Artful Dodger. Jake Riggs is Fagin, Shannon Wollman is Nancy, and Tony Colavito is Bill Sykes.

Oliver! runs at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 27-28 and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Hannah More Arts Center, St. Timothy's School for Girls, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $10. Call 410-828-1814.

Christmas parade

The 31st annual Mayor's Christmas Parade will march down Falls Road Sunday. Watch as Martin O'Malley, Santa Claus and more than 160 marching units take part in the parade, traveling from the Poly/Western High School complex at Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane to Falls Road and 36th Street. The parade will turn east on 36th Street, then turn south on Chestnut Avenue and end at 37th Street.

The Baltimore Marching Ravens will travel the parade route, as will 150 Harley-Davidson motorcyclists, local TV and radio personalities, school bands, local businesses, Miss Yuletide, the Boumi Temple performers, an array of floats and more.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane. Call 410-366-0726 or visit www.mayorschristmas for information.

- Lori Sears

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