The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

October 05, 2006|By KRISTIN GRAY

OUT OF THE PAST

Imagine hearing a lively, heated discussion on race relations and politics between Baltimoreans of years far gone. The Maryland Humanities Council promises to bring visions of Thurgood Marshall, Edgar Allan Poe, Zelda Fitzgerald and H.L. Mencken to life at the program "The Baltimore I Knew: A Living History Roundtable." These voices from the past will resonate through the talents of impersonators and a candid discussion with WYPR radio talk show host Marc Steiner. The discourse will illustrate the evolution of Baltimore into a hub of American commerce. The audience also will be able to join the roundtable discussion with questions.

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The event takes place at 7 p.m. today at the Baltimore Museum of Art's Meyerhoff Auditorium, 10 Art Museum Drive. Call 410-685-0095 or go to mdhc.org to register. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for registrants and 6:45 p.m. for the general audience.

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FUN AT THE WALTERS

Forget that image of a museum as a quiet, austere place. This weekend, things are a little different. The Walters Art Museum's Wide Open Weekend features fun, free events for visitors of all ages. Events kick off tomorrow evening with plenty for adults to see and do. There will be live music with gospel artists the Campbell Brothers and cover band Late Night Breakfast, a performance by an Elvis impersonator and drag celebrity D'Marge, exhibit tours, a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and more. Saturday, kids will enjoy drop-in art activities, live music, a checkers tournament, storytelling, family exhibit tours, free mini-cupcakes and more. Events for all ages continue Sunday and Monday.

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The event takes place 5 p.m.-midnight tomorrow and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000 or go to thewalters.org.

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SWEET TIMES

The 25th annual Honey Harvest Festival celebrates all things "bee" with a series of events centering around honey products. From beehive demonstrations to samples of honey ice cream, the event promises to sweeten the day. The festival features a hike with the "Honey Hunter," who dresses in colonial-style clothing while searching for active hives, and a raffle for a gift basket filled with honey products. The festival also promises to be a historical refresher, with Civil War reenactments, traditional American crafts such as wool-spinning and blacksmithing, and tours of the Peter Goff Tenant House Museum.

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The festival takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. Call 410-887-1815 or go to oregonridge. org.

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HONORING COLUMBUS

WHAT / / 116th annual Columbus Day Parade

WHEN / / 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / The parade starts at West Mount Vernon Place and Charles Street and disbands at Fleet Street and Central Avenue.

WHY / / Because celebration of America's discovery and multiculturalism is an event that all people can enjoy. Also, jazz legend Chuck Mangione will perform his chart-topping musical selections for a $5 cover charge at 6 p.m.

CONTACT / / 443-742-0238 or columbuscelebrations .com

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TASTE OF BETHESDA

Be among the 40,000 Marylanders who savor foods from local restaurants each year at the annual Taste of Bethesda food and music festival. From Indian entrees and Mexican dishes to ice cream delights, you'll sample cuisine from 50 Bethesda restaurants. The event also includes four stages of musical and cultural performances, as well as family-friendly events such as a kid's area with cookie-decorating, face-painting and other youth-oriented entertainment.

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The festival is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Woodmont Triangle on Auburn, Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell and Del Ray avenues in Bethesda. Admission to Taste of Bethesda is free, but tickets for food samples cost $5 for bundles of four. Call 301-215-6660 or go to bethesda.org.

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PEABODY CAMERATA

WHAT / / Peabody Camerata with conductor Gene Young and guest artists Saar Ahuvia and Stephanie Ho

WHEN / / 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / Goodwin Hall at the Peabody Institute, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place

WHY / / Because you'll hear pianists Ahuvia and Ho, along with the Peabody Camerata perform Messiaen's "Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps (Quartet for the End of Time)" and "Visions de l'Amen" and Young's "bon anniversary, Monsieur Messiaen."

CONTACT / / 410-659-8100, ext. 2

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