The Free Sheet

A roundup of regional freebies

October 27, 2005|By LORI SEARS

Pooches in the park


Pamper your pooch or consider adopting a new pooch or kitty at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter BARCStoberfest at Patterson Park Sunday. The event, originally scheduled for Oct. 8, was rained out and rescheduled for Sunday. There will be agility and K9 demonstrations, pet contests, a rescued-pet parade, pet acupuncture and massage, pet grooming and pet health activities, as well as activities for pet owners, including arts and crafts, face painting, silent auction, live music and food. Also, there will be pets from the shelter that need homes.

The event runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Patterson Park, Linwood and Eastern avenues. Rain date will be Nov. 5. Call 410-276-3676 or visit



What --Skyhoundz Hyperflite Howl-O-Ween DiscDogathon Competition

When --2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where --Collison Field, Truxtun Park on Primrose Road in Annapolis

Why --Because both humans and canines can come in costume, watch dog-disc games, a hot dog fetch, a glow-in-the-dark fetch, bobbing for tennis balls and more.

Contact --410-263-7128 or


Mansion at work

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, it took a lot of hard work to keep the industrial/agricultural Hampton Mansion running strong and its homeowners pleased. It required many enslaved African Americans, indentured servants, hired craftsmen, industrial workers and agricultural workers. The lives of this diverse workforce are the focus of Saturday's walking tour of the farmhouse, mansion and grounds. "The Workers of Hampton" takes visitors on an informative walk around the Hampton National Historic Site to see the places where the workers lived and performed their jobs.

The walking tour begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the farmhouse at Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson. Call 410-823-1309 or visit


Hands across the water

It sounds like an '80s horror flick. But the annual "Slaughter Across the Water" is definitely not fiction. It's a series of tough and rugged tug-of-war match-ups between Eastport and Annapolis on Saturday. Partisans of each camp in the friendly rivalry are perched on either side of Annapolis Harbor, tugging on a 1,700-foot-long rope. It is said to be the world's longest tug-of-war across a body of water. Some 30 people per side will tug in each of the five heats - Men's Tug, Women's Tug, Coed Tug, Battle of the Bars and Battle of the Bank and Brawn (BB&T Bank and Gold's Gym). (There is a $20 fee to participate in a tug, but watching the action is free.) Spectators and participants can enjoy live music, a car show, a silent auction, food vendors and more.

The "Slaughter Across the Water" begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and runs approximately an hour and a half, while the festival takes place around the action, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events take place on the Annapolis side at the Susan C. Campbell Park at the City Dock and on the Eastport side at Second Street, next to the Chart House. Call 410-916-5500 or visit


Astronomy for sleepyheads

If you're fascinated with astronomy, you'll want to attend "Astronomy for People Who Sleep at Night" Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold. The Astronomy Club open house program, led by NASA scientist W. Dean Pesnell, will feature tips on using the sun for studying astronomy during the day and how to read collected data. Pesnell will discuss NASA's coming mission on studying space weather with the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Visit with Pesnell after the talk and enjoy refreshments. And if weather permits, there will be stargazing afterward. Saturday night marks Mars' closest approach to Earth this year is Saturday night.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Dragun Science Building, Room 117, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Call 410-777-1820 or visit


What : Alsatia Mummers' Parade

Where : Along Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown

When : 7 p.m. Saturday

Why : Because it's an excuse to dress up in costume. as if you needed one this weekend, eh? Mummers are actually anyone who dresses up in costume and enjoys a good time at festivals. Some 10,000 participants are expected for the 81st annual parade, including floats, mummers, bands and local officials. And spectators can find prime viewing spots along the parade route to catch the fun.

Contact : 301-739-2044


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