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August 18, 2005

Music and history

The War of 1812 resulted in the burning of the White House, but it also gave the world some of its most patriotic standards, the classic example being "Yankee Doodle." Listen and learn as Fort McHenry continues its concert series, "Where Music Meets History." Saturday's event examines the music of the British Empire and early American republic around 1812. Each show will have historic narration and a chance to meet re-enactors and musicians after their performance.

The "Republic vs. Empire" concert is Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The concert lasts 45 minutes and is at the parade ground of the original Star Fort at 2400 E. Fort Ave. Free with admission into the park. Call 410-962-4290.

Italian Festival

The namesake of Saturday and Sunday's Italian Festival is St. Gabriel, who watches over Abruzzi province, home of many of Italy's first immigrants. The weekend's event will include the traditional food of Italy - meatballs, calzone and porchetta. There will be a ravioli dinner, 25-cent games of bingo, a bocce tournament Sunday and music from local artists.

The festival is Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday after the 9:30 a.m. Mass and processional at the Church of St. Leo the Great until 9 p.m. The festival is in Little Italy on Exeter and Stiles streets. Call 410-675-7275.

- Erica Kritt

Concert in St. Michaels

Take your picnic basket, blankets and chairs and enjoy dinner and music at the free Summer Family Concert at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels on Saturday.

Families can enjoy live music from the a cappella barbershop group Bay Country Chorus, an all-male singing group. The group performs at the Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Concert-goers can enjoy the show from the museum's grounds. The show will be held rain or shine.

The Summer Family Concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Mill Street, St. Michaels. Free. Call 410-745-2916 or visit www. cbmm.org.

- Lori Sears

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