Shore Leave returns to the Hunt Valley Inn

Leisure Time

July 05, 2011

The Shore Leave 32 science fiction convention returns Friday-Sunday, July 8-10, at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn. This event will include workshops, a film festival, a masquerade contest, an art show and a host of dealers selling memorabilia. There will also be guest appearances by actors including Christopher Judge, Tricia Helfer and Sally Kellerman. Registration at the door is $85 general for a weekend pass (and cheaper for kids and individual days). For a full slate of events, go to

Living history

The Community College of Baltimore County will host its living history program, Chautauqua 2011, this year subtitled "The American Civil War: A House Divided." The event will take place July 8-10, 7 p.m., in the Q Building Theatre at CCBC Catonsville, 800 South Rolling Road. There will be segments on Jefferson Davis (July 8), Harriet Tubman (July 9) and Abraham Lincoln (July 10). Admission is free. Call 410-869-7168.

Timonium pow wow

The annual Baltimore Pow Wow will be held by the Baltimore American Indian Center Sunday-Sunday, July 9-10, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. This event will be an inter-tribal get together of Native American dancers, musicians and artisans. Hours are Saturday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $5 general and free for kids ages 3 and younger. Call 410-539-5000 or visit:

Lawnmower races

One of the region's more eccentric events, the Lawnmower Races, will happen once again Sunday, July 10, noon-4 p.m., at the Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace. This event will feature lawnmower racing as well as a car show, an ice cream eating contest and frog jumping and turtle races. Admission is $5. Call 410-939-2299.

Boordy gets musical

Boordy Vineyards in Hydes continues its Summer Evening Concerts Saturday, July 9, 5:45-9:30 p.m., with a performance by the big band group Mood Swings. Visitors can enjoy wine on the patio, grilled burgers and organic treats as well. The Rock'n'Roll Relics play next Saturday, July 16. Admission is $17 general and $10 for teens. Call 410-592-5015.

All is fair in Perry Hall

The 13th annual Perry Hall/White Marsh Town Fair happens Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at a new location, the Honeygo Village Center (5009 Honeygo Center Drive, Perry Hall). This event is known for its very big activity area for kids. There will also be live entertainment and over 170 vendors selling crafts and other items. Admission is free. Go to

An early Christmas

The Carroll County Farmers Market will host its Christmas in July crafts preview show Saturday, July 9, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Agriculture Center (700 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster). This event will offer craft demonstrations, all sorts of home-baked goodies, flowers, local produce, and drawings for free prizes. Admission is free. Call 410-848-7748.

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