The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

November 30, 2006|By LORI SEARS


Question: What do you get when you blend the sounds of more than 250 tubas and euphoniums in one holiday performance?

Answer: A Merry Tuba Christmas.

And that's just what you'll hear at the Harborplace Amphitheatre on Saturday. The 23rd annual event features seasonal music and holiday carols from hundreds of tuba and euphonium players. Spectators can enjoy the holiday tunes while sampling hot refreshments from M&S Grill.


Merry Tuba Christmas takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, Inner Harbor. Call 800-HARBOR-1.



WHAT / / "Holidays at Hampton: Yuletide Program"

WHEN / / 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE / / Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson

WHY / / Because you'll learn how the holidays were celebrated in the 1800s by the Ridgely family, the estate's slaves and the tenant farmers. You'll create your own Victorian greeting card and make cornhusk dolls, toy sheep and pomander balls. You can take carriage rides, hear slave tales from storyteller Shindana Cooper and play parlor games. You'll also hear readings from Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Moore's A Visit From St. Nicholas.

CONTACT / / 410-823-1309



Welcome the holiday season at Steppingstone's Christmas Open House this weekend. Hear live Christmas music played on the pump organ by Lilma Huntley and harpsichord by Anita Avery. Also, see holiday train displays, enjoy hot and cold apple cider and cookies, and browse the museum's shop for gift ideas.


The open house runs noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Steppingstone Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace. Call 410-939-2299 or visit step



WHAT / / "Fridays at the Walters"

WHEN / / 5 p.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow

WHERE / / Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.

WHY / / Because it's happy hour at the museum. OK, it's more like three happy hours. Visitors can take guided tours of the museum's Renaissance and Baroque bronzes with curator C.D. Dickerson, hear live music from LOW MOdA and purchase refreshments.

CONTACT / / 410-547-9000



With Christmas and Hanukkah on the horizon, Monday's public talk at Har Sinai Congregation by Cardinal William H. Keeler on religious relations seems most timely. Keeler will speak on bridging the gap between religions, and he'll answer questions from the audience. After the lecture, there will be a dessert reception where audience members can meet the cardinal.


The talk will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Har Sinai Congregation, 2905 Walnut Ave., Owings Mills. Call 410-654-9393 for reservations.



Throughout December, visitors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library's branches and central library can celebrate Kwanzaa. Activities and presentations will take place at all libraries, in honor of the African-American holiday, which runs from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. Visitors will learn about the principles and traditions of the holiday. The programs begin Wednesday at the Brooklyn branch and run through the month at various other branches and wrap up Dec. 28 at the Govans branch.


For the full list of Enoch Pratt Free Library locations with times and dates of the Kwanzaa programs, call 410-396-5430 or visit


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