The Free Sheet

A RoundUp of Regional Freebies

October 06, 2005|By ANNA EISENBERG


Welcome autumn as the eighth annual FestiFall takes place Saturday. Traditional activities such as pumpkin-carving, hayrides and scarecrow- making will be available for festivalgoers to enjoy. Visitors can also try their hand at corn-shelling, cider-pressing and other traditional harvest tasks. There's even a chance to buy freshly picked apples. Live entertainment, a flea market and nature displays will also be featured at the festival.

The FestiFall celebration will take place Saturday at the Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is $4. Call 410-396-0180 for more information.


WHAT / / Catoctin Colorfest Arts and Crafts Show

WHERE / / Three different locations: Thurmont Community Park on Frederick Road, Guardian Hose Company Activities Ground on East Main Street and Thurmont Middle School on East Main Street

WHEN / / Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHY / / More than 350 artists will be showcasing their crafts

CONTACT / / Call 301-271-4432 or visit


With desserts ranging from truffles to fudge to cookies, the Annual Chocolate Festival at Lexington Market is a dream for anyone with a sweet tooth. Baltimore's best chocolatiers and bakeries will be selling delectable delights throughout the festival. If you think you're the world's biggest chocoholic, enter one of the daily chocolate-eating contests and have a chance to win a prize. Cooking demonstrations, live music and children's entertainment will take place as well.

The festival is today through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St. For more information, call 410-685-6169 or visit lexing


Take advantage of Free First Thursdays at the Baltimore Museum of Art today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and see the new exhibit Monet's London. Guided tours of this exhibit will run all day. The event will also include a screening of the classic film Mary Poppins, a lesson in British dialogue by Judith Krummeck and a hands-on workshop for the family. Pianist Oni Buchanan will perform classical pieces throughout the day.

This event takes place today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st streets. For more information call 410-396-7100 or visit


On Sunday, recognize the life and accomplishments of the man who "sailed the ocean blue" in the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria at the Columbus Day Parade. Listen to the booming music of marching bands as themed floats and costumed performers pass by.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mount Vernon Place and then progresses south on Charles Street, east on President Street, east on Fleet Street and ends on Central Avenue.


WHAT / / Baltimore Hostel Open House with Photographs of Ireland

WHERE / / The Baltimore Hostel, 17 West Mulberry St.

WHEN / / Today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHY / / Denny Lynch will be displaying his many photographs of Ireland, and free refreshments will be served

CONTACT / / Call 410-576-8880

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