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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | August 11, 1996
A flourish of dancers in Panama hats and flowing white dresses swayed to a Latin beat yesterday at the opening of Baltimore's 22nd annual Hispanic Festival.Hundreds of people took advantage of the afternoon sun to browse through colorful wares or sit by the fountains in Hopkins Plaza, sipping sangria and watching the Panama Folklore Group perform."I love the dancing and the music," said Geraldine Bachman, who was attending the two-day festival for her first time. "It reminds me of home."The 19-year-old moved to Reisterstown from Ecuador two years ago, after marrying Baltimore native Michael Bachman.
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By Sandra Crockett and Sandra Crockett,SUN STAFF | August 1, 1996
It's been 20 years since AFRAM began as a showcase for the African-American community and grew into a festival with top-name performing artists, hundreds of vendors and an expo that donates scholarships to students.The history of AFRAM, which celebrates African-American food, music, arts and crafts, includes performances by Regina Belle, the Delfonics and Atlantic Starr and an appearance by Grammy Award-winner and Maryland native Toni Braxton, who served as grand marshal of the AFRAM parade in 1994.
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By Lisa Wiseman and Lisa Wiseman,Contributing Writer | June 2, 1995
It's official. Festival season has begun.There's something wonderful about spending the day in the sun, listening to music, perhaps dancing in the street and eating lots of good food. Festivals offer everyone a chance to learn about a new culture, discover a Baltimore neighborhood, watch artists and crafts people at work or even develop cravings for kielbasa, corn dogs and fried dough. This weekend, there are at least four festivals taking place around Baltimore.The annual Polish Festival is at Patterson Park.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Sun Staff Writer | March 23, 1995
Not one week after St. Patrick's Day, Catherine McKenna thought she had found her pot of gold.Then she discovered it was worth only $17.75."I guess I'll go to lunch," said a crestfallen Ms. McKenna, an 81-year-old Baltimore resident who said she became both alarmed and excited yesterday to realize that her name was published alongside 17,000 others who have unclaimed property in Maryland.Ms. McKenna said she had hoped to reap a small fortune, but her scant windfall was mere change from a long-forgotten AT&T Corp.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | September 9, 1994
I'm always delighted to find an outdoor cafe that isn't on the street. I love eating outdoors; I don't love the traffic and noise that usually go along with it. So if for no other reason I'm glad to have discovered the Noble House, where you can sit and enjoy the season's glorious weather, eat a decent meal and watch the people strolling through Hopkins Plaza to your heart's content.This lunch and happy hour spot is located where La Provence, and before it Cafe des Artistes, used to be. The Noble House, like its predecessors, has aspirations to something more than providing deli food to rushed office workers.
FEATURES
By Lisa Wiseman | June 12, 1994
Lithuanian FestivalThere are nearly 20,000 Lithuanian-Americans in Maryland, and many of them will be celebrating 741 years of their culture today at Hopkins Plaza. You don't have to be Lithuanian to enjoy this ethnic festival; just show up and have fun. Naturally, the food of Lithuania will be a big part of the festival. Sample such gastronomic delights as cepelinai (potato and meat dumplings), eslinkai (a crepelike treat) and dazra, the Lithuanian sausage, made with shredded pork and spices.
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Staff Writer | August 8, 1993
The dancers were a little sparse, but the strollers and babies in strollers were plentiful as downtown Baltimore's Hispanic Festival opened amid a flourish of Panama hats, Latin music and sizzling chorizos yesterday.Many people seemed to be taking advantage of the pleasant afternoon as they browsed among the booths and lolled around the fountains in Hopkins Plaza, drinking sangria, eating tamales and enchiladas, watching Panamanian folk dancers and eyeing the festival queen candidates.The free festival continues from noon to 9 p.m. today at Hopkins Plaza.
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June 26, 1993
Baltimore City is experiencing one of the busiest seasons of free concerts in memory.Double-header jazz concerts at Charles Center Plaza and neighboring Hopkins Plaza -- next to the Morris Mechanic Theater -- are in full swing every Thursday night until July 29. The Hopkins Plaza sessions in particular have become something of a cult event. Thousands of young Baltimoreans crowd the plaza every week, dressing up to be noticed. (Program information from 837-4636).The Recreation and Parks Department's Municipal Concert Band is beginning its season with a concert at 8 p.m. this Thursday at Northwestern High School, 6900 Park Heights Ave.After that series ends, Baltimore's Big Band takes over with its series starting July 18. (Program information from 396-7076)
NEWS
June 24, 1993
Many things in Baltimore have changed since 1860 but at least one pleasant summer tradition lives on -- city-sponsored outdoor concerts.The city Bureau of Music's Outdoor Summer Band, under the baton of George Gaylor, begins its 133rd season at 8 p.m. July 1. The first performance is at Northwestern High School, 6900 Park Heights Avenue. Eleven other concerts of Broadway tunes and light classical favorites will follow at locations throughout the city.Starting July 18, Baltimore's Big Band will continue the series with concerts at six locations.
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By Karen Zeiler | May 21, 1993
SPIRIT, PRIDE IISteal a glimpse of a New Englander this weekend. The Spirit of Massachusetts, a 125-foot sail training vessel modeled after the Gloucester fishing schooners of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, arrived in Fells Point yesterday and will be docked at Broadway Pier until Thursday. The ship will not be open for public tours, but all are invited to take a look -- and maybe a picture or two -- from the docks. One landmark ship you can board today and later in May is the Pride of Baltimore II. The ship arrived home Monday and will be in port (at the Inner Harbor Finger Piers)
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