The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

November 24, 2005|By LORI SEARS

200 REASONS TO DECK THE HALLS

Browse the more than 200 uniquely decorated wreaths at the Festival of Wreaths at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster Wednesday through Dec. 4. The eighth annual holiday event features wreaths from the whimsical and funky to the elegant or the traditional. Past years' wreaths have been crafted of $50 bills, semi-precious gems, Lance Armstrong "LiveStrong" bracelets, stuffed animals and wine corks. This years' wreaths promise to be just as creative. The event includes a silent auction of all wreaths plus donated gifts and merchandise. There will also be free screenings of classic holiday movies in the center's theater.

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The Festival of Wreaths takes place 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2 and 3 and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Call 410-848-7272.

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CAMDEN YARDS' SALE

OK, sports fans. Perhaps you own a few old Orioles posters. Some baseball cards from the '80s. Maybe a nifty felt Colts pennant. Or a Baltimore Blast key chain. But if that's the extent of your sports paraphernalia, you need a visit to the Babe Ruth Museum Warehouse Clearance Sale Saturday on the third level of Sports Legends at Camden Yards. The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum and Sports Legends at Camden Yards are clearing out their warehouses and selling off items from past exhibits and displays. So sports fans will find not only a huge blow-up photo of Jim Palmer attacking a mammoth stack of pancakes, but also a five-foot cutout of 1890s Oriole star Wilbert Robinson, exhibit photos of Babe Ruth, a photo tribute to Rex Barney, display items on Johnny Unitas, red and blue pole banners from Sports Legends' opening plus graphics and cases from old exhibits, as well as storage shelving and fixtures.

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The sale runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sports Legends at Camden Yards, third level, 301 W. Camden St. Call 410-727-1539.

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TREE LIGHTING

See Towson in a new light Monday. The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off at 6 p.m. at Towson Commons. County Executive Jim Smith and members of the County Council will flip the switch to light the colorful tree. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by horse-drawn carriage. And there will be caroling throughout the evening and free cookies and hot chocolate.

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The tree-lighting begins at 6 p.m. Monday at Towson Commons, Pennsylvania Avenue and York Road, Towson. Call 410-825-1144 for information.

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TALK OF WAR

WHAT / / "Civil War Baltimore" talk

WHEN / / Wednesday at 1 p.m.

WHERE / / Pikesville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, Friends Cafe, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville

WHY / / Because you're a history buff. And you'll learn some new facts about Baltimore during the Civil War.

CONTACT / / Call 410-887-1234

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HOLIDAY CRAFTS

WHAT / / Elkridge Christmas Cottage

WHEN / / From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 2-4

WHERE / / At 6259 Old Washington Road, Elkridge

WHY / / Because you'll find handcrafted items and holiday gifts from local artisans, all for sale in this 130-year-old cottage.

CONTACT / / 410-796-7842

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DISCOVER RUSSIAN ART

Families can drop in to the Walters Art Museum Saturday for the "Russian Patterns" art activity. Budding artists can discover the museum's collection of works by Russian artists and then create their own decorated eggs with unique patterns. For inspiration, young visitors can try on Russian costumes.

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The "Russian Patterns" drop-in activity takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000 or visit thewalters.org.

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