The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

May 24, 2007|By Gena R. Chattin

Tea off in Chestertown

Boston wasn't the only town with a tea party. Local legend says that Chestertown citizens, inspired by more northern events, boarded a brigantine in 1774 and steeped its East India tea shipment in the Chester River. Modern-day Chestertown celebrates its rebellious act with the Chestertown Tea Party Festival this weekend. Activities include a 10-mile run, a 5K run/walk and a parade of marching bands, costumed children and a Colonial militia. Visitors can launch their own tea party Saturday when they'll be invited to board the brigantine Geddes (represented here by the schooner Sultana) and dump its cargo. New this year are cricket games in Wilmer Park. Several experts on the Colonial era will share their expertise with visitors throughout the festival.

Join the tea rebels for "anything but tea" tomorrow through Sunday throughout Chestertown. A shuttle bus runs from Dixon Drive at High Street to the festival. Dogs are prohibited at the festival. Call 410-778-0416 or go to


Rockville's holiday

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Rockville's Hometown Holidays concert. Grammy Award-winning KC and the Sunshine Band, known for its disco tunes "That's the Way (I Like It)" and "(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty," will headline Sunday night. Saturday's main event is the band Augustana, known recently for the song "Boston." Guests can get a "Taste of Rockville" at the event, which will feature the best from local restaurants. The celebration wraps up Monday with Rockville's 63rd annual Memorial Day Parade.

Celebrations in Rockville are from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to noon Monday. Events will be in Town Center, East Montgomery Avenue, Rockville. Call 240-314-8116 or go to


Salute the fallen

Pay tribute to Maryland soldiers killed in Iraq, as well as all soldiers who are serving or have served in other conflicts, at the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens' annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Maj. Gen. Bruce Tuxill, adjutant general, Maryland National Guard, and Maryland Democratic Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger will address the crowd. Douglas Coppi, Yellow Ribbon Fund board member and founder and president of Curtain Call Productions, will serve as keynote speaker. The 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band and several color guard units will perform. An appearance by the motorcycle group Patriot Guard Riders is expected.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Monday in the Circle of the Immortals, Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium. Call 410-666-0490 or go to


Nature's orioles

Orioles aren't the only things you'll see at Cromwell Valley Park's "Oriole Day at the Park" Saturday. Naturalists will lead bird walks, bug walks and hikes throughout the event, which is presented by the park and the Chesapeake Audubon Society. Live birds of prey will be on display, bird-friendly coffee will be on sale, and bird conservationist Dave Curson will talk about important bird areas in Maryland. Visitors can bring a picnic lunch.

"Oriole Day at the Park" runs 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Cromwell Valley Park, Willow Grove Farm, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Parkville. Call 410-254-1881 or 410-887-3014.


Rock hounds

What --Chesapeake Gem and Mineral Society Gem Show

When --10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine

Where --Kraushaar Auditorium and Outdoor Pavilion, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson

Why --Because you'll see minerals, crystals, fossils and hand-crafted items from professional mineral and jewelry dealers, items from more than 40 other vendors and demonstrations in stone-cutting, carving and more.

Contact --410-832-5906


O.C. arts and crafts

What --Ocean City Spring Arts and Crafts Show

When --10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where --Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 40th Street and the Bay, Ocean City

Why --Because you can see and buy unique jewelry, flowers, clothing, home decor and artwork, sample homemade sweets and snacks and adopt a cat or kitten from Delmarva Cat Connection.

Contact --Call 800-OC-OCEAN


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