Avast, ye! Saturday is Privateer Day in Fells Point. Dig out your pirate duds and prepare to be press-ganged into the pirate invasion. Landlubbers of all ages can pretend to be privateers, pirates, wenches or whatever strikes their fancy. The Clipper City tall ship and the schooner Farewell both will be docked at Broadway Pier. Younger buccaneers can learn about shipbuilding and sailing, hear pirate stories and hunt for treasure on Broadway Square. The Brigands, Pirates for Sail and the House of Cadarn will perform period music, and the pirate-enthusiast group Pyrate Invasion will, yes, invade Fells Point in the afternoon wearing pirate garb. (Grown-up pirates can carouse all evening at local pubs, taverns and restaurants for an extra fee.) Arrr!
Festivities commence at 11 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine. Children's activities end at 6 p.m., but dining and music events run on into the night (some evening events charge a fee). Events run along the waterfront at Thames Street and Broadway in Fells Point. Call 410-675-8900 or go to fellspointdevelopment.com / privateerday.html.
The Johns Hopkins University's Eclectics Dance Group will strut its stuff in its first Eclectics Showcase Saturday. This student-run dance troupe fuses dance styles as far-ranging as step, tap and breakdance for a one-of-a-kind performance. Rather than rely on a single choreographer, every dancer in Eclectics has a part in the choreography. The troupe's philosophy is "to explore new territory and blur the distinctions between seemingly disparate dance forms." The showcase also will feature the dance troupes UnBound and GoodFoot Crew from the University of Maryland and OLE and Modern Dance Company of the Johns Hopkins University.
The performance is 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday in the SDS Room, Mattin Center, the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Call 410-516-2224.
MEET THE ROBOTS
Robots have come a long way since early imaginings as metal men. Today they fill roles in medicine, art, manufacturing, the military and more. Saturday, the seventh annual Robot Festival at the Historical Electronics Museum in Linthicum celebrates their contributions. Student and professional robot builders will rub shoulders with amateurs and fans. Kids can drive Remotec bomb robots and radio-controlled tanks. Technology competition teams from South River, Dunbar, Glenelg and Dulaney high schools will match wits (and robots). Digital artists and Lego Mindstorm clubs will display their works. Kronos Robotics founder and writer Mike Simpson will show off some recent inventions.
The festival runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Historical Electronics Museum, 1745 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum. Call 410-419-8247 or go to robotfest.com.
A DAY IN THE MUSEUM
Take your family for a walk on the wild side Saturday at the Walters Art Museum's Animalia Festival celebrating the creature creations of 19th-century French artist Antoine-Louis Barye. Come dressed as your favorite animal or get your face painted by Cast of Thousands at the museum. Take time to study Barye's animal sculpture or enjoy balloon animal sculptures by About Faces. Kids can make their own masterpieces in several art activities and workshops. All can take part in a great animal hunt throughout the gallery, searching for fierce animals in the exhibition Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye.
Festivities run 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000 or go to thewalters.org.
TOWSON IN BLOOM
WHAT / / Towson Gardens Day WHEN / / 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today. Towson Courthouse Gardens tour is at 11 a.m. (Rain date is tomorrow.)
WHERE / / Towson Courthouse Fountain Plaza, West Pennsylvania and Baltimore avenues, Towson
WHY / / Because guests can peruse more than 100 exhibitor and vendor displays of flowers, plants, crafts and food and tour the Towson Courthouse Gardens with the landscape architects who designed them. (For a $1 fee, visitors can tour Towson's "Secret Garden," open only on this day.)
CONTACT // 410-357-0714
WHAT / / City of Baltimore Recreation & Parks 2007 Arbor Day Free Tree Giveaway WHEN / / 4 p.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow
WHERE / / Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave.
WHY / / Because you can watch arbor-related demonstrations, learn more about growing trees, take home up to two free trees per household (while supplies last) and help in city efforts to double Baltimore's tree canopy.
CONTACT / / 410-396-7900