The Free Sheet

September 21, 2006|By LORI SEARS

Street Beat Festival

You can't beat the price of admission to the Street Beat Festival in Federal Hill Sunday. The huge outdoor festival, with 17 bands performing on three stages, vendor booths with arts, crafts and antiques, and a kids area with interactive games and art projects, is free. Groups include the Eric Lindell Band, the Pietasters, the Grilled Lincolns, Kustom Blend, Pookie Bell Band, Blues Therapy, the Cheaters, the Weekapaug Orchestra and the Kelly Bell Band. Food from area restaurants will be available.

The Street Beat Festival runs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday in Federal Hill at South Charles and Cross streets. Call 410-727-4500 or visit historicfederalhill.org.

FREE

Rockin' fall in Rock Hall

The family-geared Rock Hall Fallfest takes over the Eastern Shore town all day Saturday. With live music, a parade, demonstrations by watermen, oyster-shucking contests, goat-milking for kids, craft items on display, roving entertainers and an array of seafood delicacies, the ninth annual festival has plenty for all. Events will take place on Main Street and along the waterfront.

The festival will be held 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in Rock Hall in Kent County. Call 410-778-0416 or visit rockhallmd.com.

FREE

Towson goes Italian

Question: What do a grape-stomping contest, a Frank Sinatra impersonator and a gondola have in common? Answer: They'll all be a part of the Baltimore County Italian Festival in Towson this weekend. Visitors can partake in the grape-stomping contest, go for the pasta-eating contest, watch wine-making demonstrations, hear live Italian music, watch a bocce ball tournament, have their picture taken in front of an Italian gondola and enjoy lots more. This year's festival presents the East Coast Frank Sinatra Impersonator Contest, in which participants (for an entry fee) can sing Ol' Blue Eyes songs for cash prizes. Show up hungry, as there will be foods from the various regions of Italy. There will also be a kids area, displays and events presented by the Italian Consulate.

The Baltimore County Italian Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in Towson at the Court House Square at Baltimore, Chesapeake, Pennsylvania and Washington avenues. Call 410-296-6591 or visit columbuscelebrations.com for all events.

FREE

Saturday in the park

What --Art in the Park

When --10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where --Cromwell Valley Park, Sherwood Farm, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Parkville

Why --Because more than 30 local and regional artists working in a variety of media will be showing and selling their works. Visitors can also hear live music and enjoy food and wine.

Contact --410-887-2503 FREE

Cellos galore

If the mention of an International Cello Festival is music to your ears, visit Towson University during the next three weeks. The cello festival kicks off Saturday and runs through Oct. 15 at the Towson campus. Cellists from around the globe will perform pieces from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Piazzolla, Cassado and works by other composers. Participating cellists, including Cecylia Barczyk, Francis Borowsky, Jaroslaw Domzal, Stephen Framil, Joanna Lawrynowicz and members of the Towson University/Maryland Cello Ensemble, will perform in concert and conduct master classes. Saturday's free opening event features a 10 a.m. master class for young cellists and a performance at 1 p.m. Other free concerts take place Oct. 4 and Oct. 14. There is an admission fee for other dates.

The International Cello Festival runs Saturday through Oct. 15 at Towson University, Center for the Arts, Osler and Cross Campus drives. Call 410-704-2787 or towson.edu.

FREE

The Korean way

What --Korean American Festival

When --9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

Where --War Memorial Plaza, Fayette and Gay streets

Why --Because visitors can learn about Korean culture, watch traditional Korean dancing, see demonstrations of tae kwon do, play games, enjoy Asian foods and more.

Contact --410-625-2442 or 410-382-9685 FREE

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