Abell holds annual street fair and parade

Although Jenny Harbold wasn't watching the Baltimore Ravens game on TV, she was wearing a Ravens jersey as she strolled the 3200 block of Abell Avenue during Sunday's annual Abell Street Fair.

The jersey was a little misleading, though.

"I'm a total poseur," said Harbold, an Abell resident, who admitted that she's not much of a football fan. She wore it because her friend, Dean Bartoli Smith, of nearby Guilford, was at the fair, selling copies of his new book, "Never Easy, Never Pretty," about the Ravens championship season last year.

"It's the first time I've ever worn one," Harbold said. "I'm not the kind of person who does Purple Friday."

She wondered how well Smith's book might sell at a fair filled with people who weren't bothering to watch the game.

"I'm guessing that this might not be his prime market," she said. "If they're here, they don't care."

Smith wasn't watching the game, either, although he kept up with the score on a portable radio. He said he was ready for a break from football.

"I went to all the games last year, then wrote the book in the off-season," he said. "I've been all football, all the time."

The more popular sport at the fair was Quidditch, the fictional competitions in the Harry Potter books and movies, in which contestants ride flying broomsticks. Harry Potter was this year's theme for the fair's annual parade. That's why Patrick McMahon, a vendor selling jewelry made out of bicycle parts, outfitted his own bike with a broomstick.

"That's the modification for the day," he said.

Eve Nelson, a fourth grader at the Immaculate Conception School in Towson, also paid tribute to Harry Potter, a resident of Gryffindor House at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She sat at a table outside her house, wearing a tie, eating a hot dog and selling her own computer-generated artwork.

"The theme is Harry Potter," said Eve, 9. "It's a Gryffindor tie."

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