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April 22, 2004|By Greg Romano

Maryland Day

The College Park campus at the University of Maryland will open its doors to all Saturday.

The sixth annual Maryland Day will present more than 380 events, workshops and performances, including autograph sessions by Terp football and basketball players, a discussion from Doug Hill, weatherman for Washington's WJLA-TV, and a look inside a NASA space probe.

Admission is free. The festivities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Call 877-UMTERPS or visit

Towson Gardens Day

Get ready for gardening season at the 18th annual Towson Gardens Day today.

The event will focus on the azalea, Towson's official flower, and will feature more than 100 exhibits of flowers, plants, crafts and food. While enjoying these exhibits, guests can take in the sounds of Towson High School's Jazz Band and a strolling bagpiper.

Visitors may tour the Courthouse Gardens and, for only $1, view Towson's Secret Garden on Baltimore Avenue, which is open for viewing only on this one day each year.

To top it off, garden seeds and tree seedlings will be given out and garden books will be raffled.

Admission is free. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Towson Gardens Day is at the Towson Courthouse Fountain Plaza and West Pennsylvania and Baltimore avenues. Call 410-821-7598.

Spring Festival

Celebrate spring at the Spring Festival at Garland's Garden Center and Florist today through Sunday.

Visitors can see free gardening and planting demonstrations given by Garland's staff. Children's activities, such as face painting and flowerpot painting, also will be offered all day Saturday.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today though Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

Garland's Garden Center & Florist is at 1109 Ingleside Ave. in Catonsville. Call 410-747-5151.

A turn-on in Patterson Park

Welcome the marble fountain back to Patterson Park Sunday.

Join the TKF Foundation, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Friends of Patterson Park as the fountain is turned back on during a dedication ceremony.

The dedication will be part of a festival with music, food, games, rickshaw rides, photo exhibits, an opportunity to make a musical instrument and more. The event runs 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Patterson Park is at 27 S. Patterson Park Ave. Call 410-276-3676 or visit www

Bull and oyster roast

Dig in to a good cause tomorrow at the 10th annual bull and oyster roast for the skipjack Martha Lewis in Havre de Grace.

Catered by Monaghan's Pub, the food includes top neck clams, roast beef, ham and, of course, oysters.

The roast supports one of the last skipjacks on the Chesapeake Bay and the environmental education it provides.

Admission is $35. Gates open at 6 p.m. The roast runs 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The roast is at Frank Hutchins Park at the foot of Congress Avenue in Havre de Grace. Call 410-939-4078 or visit www.skipjackmartha

At Ripken Stadium

Ripken Stadium offers a series of family events Saturday and Sunday. The Harford LIVE! Home & Garden Show will provide resources for home and family needs and a KidZone, with activities such as face painting and a batting cage.

An All America Chili-Cookoff will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County. There also will be a Vehicle Village, where everything from motorcycles to scooters will be displayed.

Adult admission is $5. Those 18 and under get in free, and parking is free.

Ripken Stadium is at 873 Long Drive in Aberdeen. For directions, call 410-297-9292. For other information, call 443-512-0265, or visit www

Boat show

The Bay Bridge Boat Show is today through Sunday.

The Bay Bridge Marina will play host to a full range of boats, and boating schools and safety classes will be offered.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. They are available at the gate only. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Bay Bridge Marina is on Pier One Road in Stevensville. Call 410-268-8828 or visit

Herb, bread and tea

Visit the Montpelier Mansion and enjoy the Herb, Bread, and Tea Festival Saturday.

The festival will include vendors of pottery, plants, soaps and more. Caribbean food will be offered, along with salads and wraps.

Children will be entertained by a puppet show, a scavenger hunt and garden workshops.

Admission is free. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Montpelier Mansion is off Route 197 and Muirkirk Road in Laurel. Call 301-953-1376.

Mariners Swap

Boaters can swap or buy boats and gear at Saturday's 2nd Annual Chesapeake Bay Mariners Swap at Marshy Point. Nature hikes, wildlife exhibits and live music by a Dixieland band are included. Admission is free. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The swap is at Marshy Point Nature Center at 7130 Marshy Point Road. Call 410-887-2817 or visit

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