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December 09, 2004|By Sam Sessa

School for the Arts

The Baltimore School for the Arts celebrates the holidays by expanding its annual holiday performance.

In addition to orchestral pieces from Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" and Corelli's "Christmas Concerto," next week's performance also includes dance numbers from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Ballet." Instruments and costumes used in the performance will also be on display for audience members to examine. There will also be a visit from the big guy in the red suit.

The Baltimore School for the Arts' holiday performance plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Dec. 18 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 19 in the school's Schaefer Ballroom, 712 Cathedral St. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students. Call 410-347-3043 or visit www.bsfa. org.

Christmas at Ladew

The folks at Ladew Topiary Gardens would like to remind you that the holidays aren't just about fancy new toys. This weekend, Ladew presents works from some of Maryland's top florists at its Manor House, as part of its "Christmas at an English Country House" exhibition.

This year's theme is "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and features local musicians performing in the drawing room, self-guided tours of the 22-acre premises (weather-permitting) and fresh greens and hand-made holiday decorations for sale. Santa Claus will visit Saturday and Sunday.

Ladew Gardens' "Christmas at an English Country House" runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. Admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $2 for children 12 and under. The Topiary Garden is on Jarrettsville Pike, 14 miles north of I-695 off exit 27B (Dulaney Valley Road North). Call 410-557-9570 or visit

Slaves' Christmas

What were the holidays like for slaves at Hampton Mansion? In "Stories from the Quarters," the Hampton National Historic Site helps recount the holiday season from the slaves' perspectives Sunday.

Storyteller Shindana Cooper tells stories that might have been heard at slaves' hearths in the free one-hour program.

Hampton National Historic Site's free "Stories From the Quarters" is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the mansion, 535 Hampton Lane in Towson. Call 410-823- 1309 or visit

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