The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

August 09, 2007|By LORI SEARS

A CHANCE TO SHOW OFF

Sorry guys, "Manly Arts Day" isn't just for you. This event, taking place at Hampton National Historic Site on Sunday, is open to everyone. It just happens to be all about the martial-defense actions and combative sports that men engaged in to show their bravery and to defend their honor during the 19th century. Visitors will learn about the early-American art of swordsmanship, fencing, stick-fighting, wrestling, boxing and cudgeling, and they'll have a chance to watch demonstrations and practice some "manly arts" themselves.

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"Manly Arts Day" is 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson. Call 410-823-1309.

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CHALK IT UP TO ART

Think you're a pretty good artist? We'll just see about that at Annmarie Garden's Sidewalk Chalkathon, starting Monday. Visitors of all ages and artistic abilities are invited to pick up a bucket of chalk at the garden office, make their way to an assigned spot near the gardens and start drawing. Prizes will be awarded.

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The Sidewalk Chalkathon runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Aug. 19 at Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons. Call 410-326-4640 or go to annmariegarden.org.

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FUN FOR ALL

WHAT / / Family Fun Festival WHEN / / Noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday WHERE / / Franklin Square Park, West Fayette and North Carey streets WHY / / Because the festival features live entertainment, plenty of food and lots of giveaways. And there will be a parade to kick things off at 11 a.m. Saturday. The parade begins at Saratoga and Gilmore streets, proceeds on Saratoga Street, turns right on Schroeder Street and continues until a right on Fayette Street, ending at West Fayette and North Carey streets. CONTACT / / 410-659-9914 ....................

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NEW AFRICA FESTIVAL

Enjoy two days of music, dancing, food and family fun at the fifth annual New Africa Festival tomorrow and Saturday on North Avenue. African dancers, R&B and soul singers -- including the Persians and Groove Stu -- rap artists with positive messages, spoken-word artists and many others will perform at the festival, which is presented by the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore. Also, there will be games, a petting zoo and face painting, as well as health screenings and more at the festival's New Africa Health Village.

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The New Africa Festival runs 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow and noon-9 p.m. Saturday at 3401 W. North Ave. Call 410-566-4434 or go to asmib.com.

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JUST PEACHY

WHAT / / Peach festival WHEN / / 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday WHERE / / Agriculture Center, 700 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster WHY / / Because there will be free peach treats and other peach goodies for sale, including peach sundaes. Visitors can also enjoy live entertainment, browse hand-made crafts and purchase other farmers' market items. CONTACT / / 410-848-7748 ....................

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A DAY OF INDUSTRY

How does a day of free admission, free tours and free kids' activities at the Baltimore Museum of Industry sound? Pretty good, you say. Well, you got it. The third annual "Free for All" day features tours through the museum's Cannery, Bunting Pharmacy, Print Shop and Garment Galleries today. There will also be free arts and crafts activities for kids of all ages and free oral-history movie showings. And all are invited to browse the museum's new exhibit, Paying for War: World War II Bond Posters.

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"Free for All" runs 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. today at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. Call 410-727-4808 or go to www.thebmi.org.

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