The Greeks invented democracy, rational thought, pipe organs and bathrooms. Any one of these is reason enough to throw a party, and Ocean City loves a party.
The annual Greek Festival runs Friday through Sunday in the resort town. Vendors will be selling original and reproduction Greek art, jewelry and clothing. Additionally, there will be live entertainment and, of course, Greek food.
Perhaps best of all, the festival is free from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Arrive any later than that, though, and it will cost you $3 — still not a bad price for getting to be immersed in a culture from halfway around the world.
The festival is at the convention center at 40th Street and the bay. For more information, call 410-524-0990 or go to stgeorgebythesea.org.
'Mummies of the World'
"Mummies of the World," the largest exhibition of mummies ever assembled, is on display at the Franklin Institute. Highlights include The Detmold Child — a 6,420-year-old child mummy dating back further than King Tut — and, improbably, a howler monkey mummy dressed in a grass skirt.
If mummies freak you out, how about sorcerers? The institute has one of the region's largest IMAX dome theaters and is now showing the latest in the Harry Potter series, among other films. Combo tickets including the movie and the museum are available.
The museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15.50 for adults. For more information, go to fi.edu.