The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

December 08, 2005|By ANNA EISENBERG

Greens at Mount Clare

Visit the historic Mount Clare House's stable for its annual Christmas sale of freshly cut greens, wreaths and handmade crafts and decorations. Enjoy a warm beverage and lunch at the Stable Cafe before or after shopping.

The Christmas sale is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The stable is down the hill from the Mount Clare Museum House in Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd. Admission is free and parking is available. Call 410-837-3262 or visit mountclare.org for details.

FREE

Christmas past

See what made the Christmas season special in the 19th century. Experience the holiday from the point of view of the wealthy families as well as their servants and slaves. Explore the Hampton Mansion farmhouse and learn about the customs of the time.

This event takes place at the Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane in Towson, on Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information, call 410-823-1309 or visit nps.gov/hamp.

FREE

Duty calls

Throughout history, America's fighting forces have been unable to return to their families for the Yuletide season. Some soldiers spent their time at Fort McHenry guarding prisoners or recovering from battle wounds. Listen to these historical holiday tales from the last 200 years on a candlelight tour of Fort McHenry. Free refreshments will be served in the Visitor Center after the 45-minute tour.

The candlelight tours take place on Saturday at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave. Tours will begin every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 410-962-4290.

FREE

Coin and Currency

Join coin collectors and dealers at a numismatic event this weekend. The Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention includes a free educational forum on Saturday. Children under 12 are allowed to dip into the Kid's Bucket for a free handful of collectible coins.

The Coin and Currency Convention is open to the public tomorrow and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., in Halls A and B. Use the Charles and Pratt Street entrance. Call 301-424-1876 for details.

FREE

Kwanzaa

What --Kwanzaa Program

When --Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Where --In the African American Department of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St.

Why --Charles Dugger will present a family program on the celebration of Kwanzaa

Contact --Call 410-396-5430 or visit www.pratt.lib.md.us.

FREE

Frederick museums

What --Museums by Candlelight

When --Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at Frederick County museums and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City of Frederick museums

Where --A variety of Frederick museums, including the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St.

Why --Illuminated museums will feature holiday activities like songs and games for the whole family

Contact --Call 800-999-3613 or 301-228-2888 or visit fredericktourism.org

FREE

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