In Annapolis, shop till midnight

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December 04, 2003

Any informed shopper knows that Midnight Madness, which is tonight in Annapolis, is not an event to miss. Shop and dine along Main Street from 6 p.m. to midnight at this holiday-themed affair, sponsored by the Annapolis Business Association. The festive atmosphere is fostered by giveaways, music, caroling, Santa and other merriment. Free parking is available in Hillman and Gotts Court garages and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

This event is free. Call 410-266-5555 for more information.

Holly Tour 2003

Take advantage of a rare glimpse into Baltimore's historic homes and buildings at Holly Tour 2003. The event is held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the historic Mount Vernon District. Participants will tour eight private homes and three historic buildings, enjoy a catered brunch at the Engineers Club in the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and listen to a choral concert at 1 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Methodist Church.

The church will hold another concert at 4 p.m. featuring pianist Joseph Stephens. A history lecture begins at 1 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. Friends of Mount Vernon Place are sponsors of the tour.

Tours start at the Hackerman House at 1 W. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets for the entire event are $45. Tickets for tour and brunch are $35, and tour-only tickets are $15. Call 443-524-2370.

Holly*Daze Bazaar

Come get your shopping done early at the 22nd Annual Holly*Daze Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Church in Mount Washington. Browse through jewelry, wood crafts, decorative arts, painted pots, specialized stationery, glassworks, books, toys, games, clothes, photography, soaps and more.

Children will be entertained at the HollyKidz table while parents enjoy a silent auction. The cafe will have soups and sandwiches, and the bake table will offer holiday treats.

Also at St. John's Church, from noon until dusk Saturday, is the seventh annual Christmas tree sale. Prices are $30 to $70. Each buyer gets free greens for wreath making and decorating. The sale continues Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 21.

St. John's Church is at 1700 South Road in Baltimore. Call 410-367-7287.

-- Julia Furlong

Tennis Challenge

The "Young Guns of Tennis" will be showcased in the Mercantile Tennis Challenge at 7 tonight at 1st Mariner Arena. The feature singles match will be a showdown between Andy Roddick and James Blake, who was voted "Sexiest Athlete" by People magazine last year.

Other matches include the inaugural Northrop Grumman Future Legends of Tennis Match featuring Ashley Harkleroad and Maria Sharpova. The hometown favorite Orioles Challenge will also take place. Proceeds from the event benefit the Baltimore Community Foundation.

Tickets range from $15-$100 and can be purchased at the 1st Mariner Arena box office, at all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling 410-481-7328. For more information, call 410-296-2929 or www.tennis challenge.org.

Tin Can Tree

The Can Company of Fells Point will hold the annual lighting of the Tin Can Tree at 6 p.m. tomorrow. The holiday festivities will include food and local choirs from Dunbar High School and Dayseye of Bryn Mawr School. There will also be deals at Can Company merchants throughout the night.

The Can Company is at 2400 Boston St., Canton. For more information, call 410-558-2262 or visit www.thecancom pany.com. The event is free.

-- Meredith James

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