The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

October 13, 2005|By ANNA EISENBERG

CROSS STREET MARKET OPENS

Tomorrow and Saturday, Cross Street Market will have a grand re-opening to celebrate the completion of its major renovations. Mayor Martin O'Malley and other local officials will commence the festivities with a ribbon-cutting at noon tomorrow. The newly improved market has 23 merchants and a wide variety of fresh food, beverages and flowers. Musicians are scheduled to perform from noon to 2 p.m. both days.

The celebration takes place tomorrow and Saturday at noon at Cross Street Market, Cross Street between Light and Charles streets. Free admission. For more information, call 410-685-6169.

FREE.

WILD THINGS

Spend a day outdoors and visit the Patuxent Research Refuge's 12,000 acres of wildlife habitat at the Wildlife Festival Saturday. Guests can see live animals and take part in craft activities. Tours of the grounds and the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will be available.

The festival is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center, off Powder Mill Road between BWI Parkway and Route 197 in Laurel. Free admission. For more information, call 301-497-5789 or visit friendspwrc.org.

FREE

CELEBRATING THE PICK OF THE SEASON

The Women's Civic League presents the Fall Apple Festival today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Shot Tower Park. Visitors can try homemade apple desserts and other snacks. History is re-enacted with the story of Harriet Tubman, John Brown and the Underground Railroad. A silent auction, as well as tours of the Shot Tower, Flag House, Carroll Mansion and Women's Civic League, will also be offered.

The festival is today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shot Tower Park at the intersection of President and Fayette streets. Free admission. Call 410-837-5424.

FREE

Russian Festival DAYS

Tomorrow through Sunday, celebrate Russian culture at the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church's Russian Festival. Try a variety of homemade breads and other traditional foods. Many members of the church, dressed in colorful Russian attire, will share their knowledge of the Russian language. Religious pieces, china and handmade collectibles will be for sale. Festivalgoers can also visit the Russian Tea Room to sample Russian-style tea and listen to Steve Arisumi play the violin. Other orchestral, dance and choral performances are scheduled throughout the festival.

The festival takes place tomorrow through Sunday at the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1723 E. Fairmount Ave. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free tomorrow, but $2 Saturday and Sunday. Free parking is available in the Kennedy Krieger Institute parking garage, across the street from the church. Call 410-276-6171 or visit promotionandarts.com.

FREE (TOMORROW ONLY)

LOOK ... UP IN THE SKY

What --Fall Migration Walk

Where --Cylburn Mansion, 4915 Greenspring Ave.

When --Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Why --Join members of the Baltimore Bird Club on a birding walk. Bring those binoculars.

Contact --410-367-2217

FREE

AUTUMN ARTS

WHAT: Ellicott City Fall Arts Festival

WHERE --Main Street in Ellicott CITY

WHEN --Saturday from noon to

5 p.m.

WHY --Artists will exhibit their

music, dance, painting, sculpture and photography. Refreshments and children's activities will be available.Contact --410-465-9700

FREE

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