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October 14, 2004|By Meredith Lidard

Autumn in Garrett

Autumn's in full swing in Garrett County, home of the Autumn Glory Festival, where you can celebrate the changing leaf colors with a multitude of seasonal activities.

The festival began yesterday with the coronation of the Autumn Glory King and Queen. Festivities continue today with the Fireman's Parade, with fire and rescue units from surrounding states. Tomorrow's events include fun in a corn maze and the Official Maryland State Banjo Championship.

The festivities continue this weekend, when local artisans display original and seasonal wares. The Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade is Saturday, as Oakland celebrates the 37th annual event. Bluegrass lovers can watch the second half of the Banjo Championships, when fiddlers and mandolin players from a five-state area will compete in various categories for cash prizes.

Admission for festival events varies. The Fireman's Parade starts at 7 p.m. today, the Grand Feature Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, in downtown Oakland. The Banjo, Fiddle and Mandolin Competition is in the Southern Garrett High School Gymnasium, beginning at 7 p.m. on both evenings. For more information about admission and additional events, call the Garrett Chamber of Commerce at 301-387-4386 or visit www.gar

St. Michaels

Visit the crown jewel of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as it celebrates its 125th anniversary on Saturday. The Hooper Strait Lighthouse was lit for the first time 125 years ago, at Hooper Strait, off of the southwestern shore of Dorchester County. Saturday's event celebrates the anniversary of the lighting.

The celebration includes art shows, book signings and children's events, including storytelling by Ed Okonowicz, who will be spinning yarns about lighthouses.

The anniversary celebration takes place 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, but the museum opens at 9 a.m. Admission is $10, but museum members get in free. The Chesapeake Maritime Museum is on Mill Street in St. Michaels. Call 410-745-2916 or visit

Jazz at the beach

Crashing waves and cool weather combine with jazz this weekend at Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach, Del. Celebrating its 15th year, the Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival features traditional and contemporary jazz styles and welcomes national recording artists.

Today's events include a wine tasting from Bob James Winery and music by the contemporary jazz group Fourplay. Tomorrow's events include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, as well as the Duke Ellington Orchestra, which performs at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center tomorrow evening and at Henlopen High School on Saturday afternoon, under the baton of Paul Mercer Ellington.

Grammy winner Peabo Bryson will perform Saturday, with guest Regina Belle. They perform their greatest hits on Saturday at the Convention Center.

Admission varies for each event. Additional artists will be performing all weekend in Rehoboth and Dewey. Call 800-29-MUSIC or visit

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