The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

September 14, 2006|By LORI SEARS

A PEARL OF A FOOD FEST

Have a taste for some oysters? You're in luck: The eighth annual Fells Point Oysterfest kicks off tomorrow. Enjoy raw, fried or stewed oysters, as well as other goodies from food and beer stations, hear live music by the Connells, Don Dixon and Marty Jones and lots more. The event is sponsored by Max's Taphouse, Koopers Tavern and 98 Rock. Food will be available for purchase.

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The festival runs 5 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday on the Square in Fells Point. Call 410-675-6297 or visit slurpfest.com.

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AN ARTFUL ANNIVERSARY

As the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts marks its 75th anniversary on Saturday, the folks at the museum invite you to join the celebration. The Festival for the Arts will have trolley rides, caricatures by artist Kent Roberts, jewelry-making workshops, printmaking activities, artisan demonstrations, dance performances and more -- all for free. Food and arts and crafts will be for sale.

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The festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 91 Key St., Hagerstown. Call 301-739-5727 or visit wcmfa.org.

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL

Head to Towson Saturday for the Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival. This year's event includes live music from vocalist Peabo Bryson and other singers, tours of the Historic Settlements exhibit of old photos, memorabilia and oral presentations, performances by dance troupes, a fashion show, arts and crafts vendors, ethnic cuisine and kids entertainment.

Free, one-hour Historical Bus Tours of Baltimore County begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The earlier tour, led by historian Louis Diggs, will visit communities in Turner Station, Edgemere and near the old Bethlehem Steel mill. The later tour, presented by guide Lenwood Johnson, will visit Hampton Mansion's slave quarters, the new Cockey Cemetery and communities in East Towson.

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The cultural festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Towson Courts Plaza, West Pennsylvania and Baltimore avenues. The Historical Bus Tours depart at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from West Pennsylvania Avenue across from the old Court House. Call 410-887-5557 for festival questions or for tour reservations.

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O, SAY CAN YOU SING

WHAT / / National Anthem Project with singing contest

WHEN / / 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and tomorrow

WHERE / / Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place

WHY / / Because you know all the words to the national anthem, and you'd like to sing it for the crowd. But if you don't know all the words, that's OK, too, as you can simply watch the competition, see school choirs perform, play with musical instruments, sing karaoke or learn the history of the anthem.

CONTACT / / 800-336-3768 or thenationalanthemproject.org

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A SWEET REWARD

Give a pint and get a pint outside of the Wegmans Hunt Valley store this weekend. The American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive with an incentive. At the blood drive "A Pint for a Pint," donors will be given a coupon for one pint of Wegmans premium ice cream per pint of blood donated. The ARC Blood Mobile will be at the west end of Wegmans, near Sears.

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The blood drive runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Wegmans parking lot, 122 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley. Call 410-773-3900.

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TASTE OF ALL THINGS IRISH

WHAT / / Irish Festival in Baltimore

WHEN / / 6 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow and noon-9 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / Canton Waterfront Park, Boston Street

WHY / / Because you'll get to see performances from Irish, Celtic and Irish-American bands, including Hothouse Flowers, Black 47, Ellis Island and the Baltimore Ceili Band. And you can watch and participate (if you dare) in traditional Irish folk dancing. Cultural booths will include Irish artisans and Gaelic football in Baltimore.

CONTACT / / baltimoreirishfest.com

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