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September 06, 2007|By BRAD SCHLEICHER

CEREMONY

DEFENDERS' DAY

Tomorrow evening, in honor of Defenders' Day -- the commemoration of the Fort McHenry bombardment and the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" -- a procession of War of 1812 soldier and citizen re-enactors will start from the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and head to the Inner Harbor. A ceremony at the Harborplace Amphitheatre will kick off the Star-Spangled Banner Weekend. Entertainment continues Saturday and Sunday and features military-encampment demonstrations, musket-firing demonstrations, boat rides aboard the Pride of Baltimore II, a fireworks ceremony and more.

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The Star-Spangled Banner Weekend activities begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow with the War of 1812 procession. Activities are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave. Admission is $7 each day for adults 16 and older and free for those 15 and younger.

An evening program featuring fireworks, live music and other entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Day sails on the Pride of Baltimore II are at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the sails is $45 per person. Space on each ship is reserved for 35 passengers. Day sails last about two hours. Registration is required; call 410-539-1151 for tickets or 410-962-4290, ext. 236, for more information.

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[BRAD SCHLEICHER]

FESTIVAL

SEAFOOD CELEBRATION

Check out the 40th annual Maryland Seafood Festival this weekend. Starting tomorrow and continuing throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy live entertainment, music and seafood. In the capital's 18th annual Crab Soup Cook-off, more than 25 Annapolis-area restaurants will compete to create the best Maryland crab or cream of crab soup. Festivalgoers can also witness the second annual Crab Picking Contest sponsored by Jimmy Cantler's Riverside Inn. With live music on two stages, guests can listen to a mix of jazz, classic and progressive rock, blues and country on the main stage; or hear acoustic music at the Lighthouse stage. A third venue, the Beach Stage, will feature magic, music and puppetry for children. Festivalgoers can also check out numerous arts and crafts tents featuring pieces by area artists on display and for sale. Numerous wine tastings will be offered, and there will be specialty beers available in the Mermaid Lounge MicroBiergarten all weekend long.

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The Maryland Seafood Festival takes place from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Parkway in Annapolis. Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children 7 to 12 years old and free for children 6 and younger. Admission to the Crab Soup Cook-Off is an additional $8 (proceeds go the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Fisheries Program). The event is rain or shine. For more information, call 410-266-3113 or 410-266-3960 or go to mdseafoodfestival .com.

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[BRAD SCHLEICHER]

MEMORIAL

A PATH FOR PEACE

Women In Black -- Baltimore will sponsor the sixth annual Peace Path 911 on Tuesday. Everyone is invited to help create a Peace Path from the Inner Harbor through Baltimore to the Beltway. Originally created to mourn the losses of Sept. 11, to respond to increased U.S. military presence in the Middle East and to confront city violence, WIBB also aims to create a visible path to support its goal -- a world without violence and bloodshed.

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The sixth annual Peace Path 911 will be held 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday. Participants are invited to stand on Charles Street, in one of the satellite Peace Paths, or in a neighborhood group of their own. The event is free. Although participants may stand anywhere on Charles Street, WIBB asks that people consult the standing diagram at peace path911.com. For more information, call 410-467-9114 or e-mail peacepath911@yahoo.com.

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[BRAD SCHLEICHER]

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