The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

August 10, 2006|By SARAH MARSTON

HORSES AND HORSEPOWER

See the beautiful and famed Budweiser Clydesdale horses and celebrate Chestertown's 300th anniversary Saturday at the Horses to Hummers parade. The parade covers the history of land travel, with nearly 100 horses, including Clydesdales weighing up to 2,200 pounds, as well as horse-drawn carriages, antique cars, 1940s to 1960s classics and modern transportation like the Hummer. Marching bands, musical groups, food vendors, horse-related merchants and the world-touring Synergy Brass Quintet will join in the fun. Pony rides, horse jumping, horseshoe and precision-riding demonstrations in Wilmer Park will follow the parade.

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The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs from the downtown Chestertown historic district on High Street to the Chester River. For the best view, grab a spot on High Street between 10th and Water streets. Post-parade activities will be in Wilmer Park, on the banks of the Chester River. Call 410-778-0416 or visit chestertown.com.

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CATCH SOME FISH

WHAT / / The Havre de Grace Seafood Festival

WHEN / / 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / Tydings Memorial Park on Commerce Street in Havre de Grace

WHY / / Because you can't go wrong with this 26th annual waterfront event, complete with lots of food from the sea, artisans, crafters, entertainment, a puppet show, an auction and a raffle with a grand prize of a two-person raft and $250 in cash.

CONTACT / / 410-939-1525

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LIFE DURING WARTIME

Experience life during the War of 1812 on Saturday at the Riversdale House Museum's 11th annual Battle of Bladensburg Encampment. Costumed inter- preters portraying British and American troops, period civilians and the "mistress of Riversdale" will give insight into the August 1814 battle. Cannon firing, gunnery drills, children's activities, camp and kitchen displays and refreshments will add to the fun. Author Anthony Pitch will discuss his book,The Burning of Washington. All events are free, and house tours are available for a fee.

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The events run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road in Riverdale. Call 301-864-0420 or visit pgparks.com.

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FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL

With marching bands, music acts, art workshops and more, this weekend's Family Fun Festival in Franklin Square Park is sure to entertain the whole family. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and other Maryland politicians will be on hand. There will be kids' art workshops, free health screenings and local merchants selling their wares. The festival begins Saturday with a parade that leads to the activities in the park.

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The 12th annual festival runs from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Franklin Square Park at North Carey and West Lexington streets. The parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Saratoga and Gilmor streets and ends at Franklin Square Park. Call 410-659-9914.

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NIGHT WITH THE AUTHORS

Fancy some nonfiction? Join writers Kathryn Harrison and Mary Karr as they read at Goucher College's 11th annual creative nonfiction conference. Harrison is a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review, and her essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Vogue, O and other publications. Karr's books have been bestsellers in The New York Times, New Yorker, Time, People, Entertainment Weekly and the Los Angeles Times.

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Harrison reads tonight and Karr reads tomorrow night, at 7:30. The readings will be at the Merrick Lecture Hall at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Call 410-337-6333.

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MILLIONS OF PEACHES

WHAT / / Carroll County Summer Farmers Market Peach Festival

WHEN / / 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / Agricultural Center, 700 Agriculture Center Drive in Westminster

WHY / / Because besides peaches, you'll also find peach sundaes and other peach treats, other produce, crafts and baked goods. And you'll hear live entertainment.

CONTACT / / 410-848-7748

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