The Big Three

August 24, 2006|By MARC SHAPIRO

THE RENAISSANCE RETURNS FESTIVAL

Maryland Renaissance Festival, in its 29th year, kicks off this weekend on the fairgrounds in Crownsville. The festival features performers, craft shops, Renaissance food and games. There are 10 stages of entertainment in this 25-acre village, featuring sword swallowers, jousting, music and choral groups, jugglers, magicians and wenches. Craft displays include stained glass, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, wood-butchery, leather work, clothing, blacksmithing pieces and more. Sixteenth century-style food includes steak on a stake, smoked turkey legs, meat pies, pork pockets, knave sandwiches and fried cheeses. Kids can take free pony rides, enjoy activities in the kids' area, get lost in a maze and test their archery skills.

The festival runs on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 22. The grounds are at 1800 Crownsville Road, Crownsville. Admission is $17 for ages 16-61; $15 for ages 62 and older; $8 for ages 7-15; free for ages younger than 7. Call 410-266-7304 or visit rennfest.com.

[MARC SHAPIRO]

TRIBUTE ELVIS AT THE ZOO

Question: What could bring a gaggle of Elvis Presley fans to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore?

Answer: "The Zoo Goes Blue Hawaii: An Elvis Tribute Celebration." The luau-style celebration is Saturday and features Elvis tribute artists and look-alikes, vintage cars, hula dancing and an Elvis dress-up booth. There will also be three contests -- Best Overall Elvis and Elvis Look-Alike for adults (with prizes of $1,000) and an Elvis look-alike contest for kids (with prizes). The zoo's animal ambassadors will also make an appearance.

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The event is from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday at the zoo in Druid Hill Park. Admission is $15 for zoo members; $20 for non-members in advance; $25 for tickets purchased Saturday and $5 for kids 12 and younger. The event includes same-day admission to the zoo. Visitors who dress like Elvis and enter a contest will be admitted free of charge. Call 443-552-5276, ext. 8062, or visit www. marylandzoo.org.

[MARC SHAPIRO]

POWWOW POWWOW IN PATTERSON PARK

Visit Patterson Park this weekend for an affordable educational experience for all ages. The Baltimore American Indian Center's 32nd Powwow is an intertribal gathering of Native American dancers, drummers, artists and craftspeople. There will be cultural presentations, as well as jewelry, art, clothing and Native American food for sale all weekend. Drum and dance competitions will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

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The event takes place from noon until 8 p.m. tomorrow, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday at Patterson Park, 400 S. Linwood Ave. Admission is $3 tomorrow; $5 for adults and $3 for children 6-12 on Saturday and Sunday. Children younger than 6 admitted free. Call 410-675-3535 or visit baic.org.

[MARC SHAPIRO]

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