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May 06, 2004

NOW OR NEVER

The sweet sounds of jazz artists including Maysa, Gerald Veasley, Bob Baldwin and Nnenna Freelon will enchant listeners at the Inner Harbor tomorrow through Sunday as Volvo and Baltimore-area retailers present the Waterfront Concert Series.

The free concert will begin tomorrow at 7 p.m. with Maysa, a local smooth-jazz and adult urban singer. Veasley (pictured) will go on at 8:30 p.m. and play until 10 p.m.

On Saturday, the show will again begin at 7 p.m., and keyboardist Baldwin will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

Members of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will play jazz selections on Sunday at 3 p.m., and five-time Grammy-nominated artist Freelon will wrap up the day with a performance at 6:30 p.m.

Bring blankets and chairs sit on; light refreshments will be for sale.

The concert will be at the Inner Harbor's West Shore on Light Street. Call 877-BALTIMORE or visit www.promotionandarts.com.

-- Christina Santucci

COMING UP

You know you can't resist. The lemon-peppermint sticks, the ugly-tie contest, the exotic flowers and specialty plants, the pretty hats and the maypole dancing. This year's Flower Mart, a longtime Baltimore tradition, takes place for the 87th time Wednesday at Mount Vernon Place.

The mart features an extensive array of flowers and greenery, crafts and antiques, music and dancing, food and more. Watch floral demonstrations, vote for the official Baltimore flower, and catch the contests for best hair, hat and art, and for ugliest tie.

This year, the theme of the Flower Mart is "Baltimore Ablaze With Blossoms," a tribute to the Baltimore City Fire Department. Visitors can see an exhibit on the Great Fire of 1904, with displayed items from the Maryland Historical Society and more.

You won't want to miss the Bryn Mawr School and Roland Park Country School May Pole Dancers. Crab cakes, pit beef, baked goods, and, of course, lemon-peppermint sticks will be available. And there will be continuous live entertainment on four stages, children's performers, Mount Vernon tours and more.

Flower Mart runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday around the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place. Free. Call 410-323-0022.

-- Lori Sears

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