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June 16, 2005|By Brooke Snyder

St. Mary's City festival

Be a sailor for the day and visit the Maritime Heritage Festival Saturday at the Historic St. Mary's City Museum. Meet boat builders and sailors and tour a Coast Guard patrol boat. A regatta of radio-controlled minisailboats and re-enactments of Colonial sailing life are scheduled. Children can learn maritime history and how to tie sailors' knots and build model ships. Folk musicians Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks will give a free concert after the festival on the State House lawn. Southern Maryland performer David Norris will open the concert at 6 p.m. Visitors can tour other museum exhibits throughout the day.

The Maritime Heritage Festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Historic St. Mary's City Museum, off Route 5. Admission is $7.50; $6 seniors and students; $3.50 children 6-12. The free concert starts at 6 p.m. on the State House lawn. Call 800-SMC-1634 or visit www.stmaryscity.org .

Juneteenth

Head down to Alexandria, Va., for a celebration of Juneteenth, which marks the day, June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas learned they had been freed. The celebration, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Alexandria Black History Museum, includes a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and poetry readings from local artists. Genealogists will speak about African-American heritage. There also will be food, music and craft vendors.

The Juneteenth Celebration runs 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the 900 block of Wythe St. in Alexandria, Va. Admission is free. Call 703-838-4356 or visit www.alexblackhistory.org .

Antique boats

Make your way to the annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival tomorrow through Sunday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. See more than 100 antique boats and restored models. There will be wooden-boat-building demonstrations, live music and other activities, and visitors can buy food or items from maritime craft vendors. Boat rides will be available at an additional cost.

The Antique and Classic Boat Festival runs tomorrow through Sunday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, off Route 33 in St. Michaels. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Admission $11; free for museum members. Visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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