The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

July 06, 2006|By SARAH MARSTON

CHRISTIAN FESTIVAL

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will hold the Metro Maryland Festival tomorrow through Sunday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The event includes music by American Idol finalist George Huff, Andrae Crouch and Randy Travis, as well as speeches from Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son. Billy Graham will also speak, health permitting. Saturday morning features KidzFest.

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The festival events are at 7 p.m. tomorrow, 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday . KidzFest will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The festival is at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. For more information, call 877-2GRAHAM or visit www.bgea.org.

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HONEY DO

Get in touch with your sweet side Saturday at the Historic Annapolis Foundation's Honey Harvest, part of the Saturday Mornings in the Garden series. See how honey is extracted from the honeycomb, filtered and bottled, and ask any honey questions you might have. Freshly bottled honey is also available for purchase at the garden. Space is limited, so make reservations.

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The Honey Harvest is from 10 to 11 Saturday morning at the Historic Annapolis Foundation's Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St. in Annapolis. Advanced reservations are required. Call 410-267-8146 or visit reservations.

annapolis.org.

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GOOD DOGS

Celebrate the dog days of summer with a trip today through Sunday to the Independence Cluster All Breed Dog Shows at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The Catoctin, Northeastern Maryland, Upper Marlboro and National Capital Kennel Clubs join to judge approximately 140 breeds and 1,400 to 2,400 dogs each day. There's a fee for dog entry and a $3 parking charge, but it's free to watch the shows. Food and canine merchandise will be available.

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The dog shows will run 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road in West Friendship. For more information, call 410-254-8426 or visit www.nemkc.org.

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MEET EDGAR ALLAN POE

WHAT / / See David Keltz as Edgar Allan Poe as he shares readings from the author's works

WHEN / / 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / Farmhouse Visitor Center at the Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane in Towson

WHY / / It's a chance to learn how Poe's writing affected 19th-century literature and see how he became a master of mystery and horror writing

CONTACT / / 410-823-1309 or www.nps.gov / hamp

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RIDING THE RAILS

Step onboard and enjoy the ride at Saturday's Riding the Rails Family Arts Festival, a day devoted to trains and railroads at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. There will be speakers, videos and recordings, activities, food, workshops and the opening of a 1950s railroad photography exhibition. For kids, there's face painting, origami, balloon sculpting, story time and more. The celebration is free except for the workshops and food.

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The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 91 Key St. in Hagerstown. For more information and directions, call 301-739-5727 or visit www.

wcmfa.org.

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SHELL GAME

WHAT / / Turtle Race Classic, at which kids are invited to race turtles of all sizes (pre-registration is required for racers)

WHEN / / 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE / / The Riviera Beach branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library System, 1130 Duvall Highway in Pasadena

WHY / / It gives your pet turtle a chance to show off, or it's fun to just watch as a spectator

CONTACT / / 410-222-6285 or visit the library to register, visit www. aacpl.net for more information

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