Irish culture set to take over fairgrounds this weekend

Leisure Time

November 08, 2011|By Anthony Sclafani

The Baltimore Irish Festival happens this year Friday-Sunday, Nov. 11-13, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, in Timonium. On the bill will be Irish food, dance and such musical acts as the Screaming Orphans, the Rovers and Belfast Connection. There will also be a marketplace offering items such as kilts, handmade stained glass and Celtic jewelry. Hours are Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. (starting with mass)-6 p.m. Daily admission is $15 general, $10 for seniors, $5 for young adults and free for anyone younger than 12. Go to

Domino daze

In celebration of the date 11-11-11, the Maryland Science Center will give visitors two chances to see 11,000 dominoes topple on its Domino Days, Friday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m. A team of "domino topple" experts and local engineering volunteers join up to create a dynamic design of dominos that will be ready to fall come the weekend. Cost is free with paid admission, which is $14.95 and $11.95 for children. Call 410-864-2700.

Scholarship and song

The Maryland State Boychoir Scholarship Gala will take place Saturday, Nov. 12, 7-11 p.m., at the 1840s Ballroom, 29 S. Front St., in Baltimore. The event, which is being held at the City Lights venue on the second floor, will include live music by the Changed Voice Choir, hors d'oeuvres, dinner and a silent auction. Admission is $145 per person. Call 410 554-8644 ext. 3.

Swing into Elkridge

The Elkridge Furnace Inn will host a night of dancing, Get in the Swing! Saturday, Nov. 12, 7-11 p.m., at 5745 Furnace Ave. The evening will feature a live swing band, Street Life, an hour of swing lessons, hors d'oeurves, a carving station and desserts. Cost is $61 plus tax and gratuity and includes one house drink. Call 410-379-9336 or go to

Fun with mistletoe

All things holiday-related will be for sale at the 2011 Mistletoe Mart, happening Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 10-12 at the Ascension Episcopal Church at 23 North Court St., in Westminster. Expect to encounter 50 juried artisans and crafts makers, plus specialty shops, a café and silent auction. Hours are Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $6. Call 410-848-3251.

Chili and cheese

The Clipper City Brewery will hold a Heavy Seas Chili & Cheese Fest Saturday, Nov. 12, noon-4 p.m., at 4615 Hollins Ferry Road, Suite B. The venue will feature 10 master chili makers creating concoctions ranging from meat to bacon to veggie chili. There will also be a variety of beer and live music. Advance tickets are $49. Call 410-247-7822 or go to

Wine and cheese plus

Boordy Vineyards will host three Autumn Case Club wine dinners in the coming Saturdays, Nov. 12 and 19, 1-4 p.m. The events will offer wine and food pairings along with book signings by local authors and live jazz by Sara Jones and the Paul Snyder Jazz Group. These events are for the winery's "case club" members (sign up at Advance admission is $25. Call 410-592-5015.

Congressional country

The Library of Congress will launch a Country Music Association Series Wednesday, Nov. 16 with a concert featuring Clint Black, Patty Loveless, Tim Nichols and Bob DiPiero at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First St. S.E., Washington. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call 410-547-7328. For full details, go to

Arlington crafts

The studio artists at Lee Arts Center, in Arlington, Va., will hold their Annual Fine Crafts Show Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the arts center, 5722 Lee Hwy. Call 703-228-0560 or go to

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