THAT TALL GERMAN
Join the crowds visiting the stately Gorch Fock (pronounced GOR-ke FO-ke), a 293-foot German tall sailing ship docked at the Inner Harbor's West Wall.
German folk dancers and a 15-piece oompah band provide some entertainment at the Harborplace Amphitheater from noon to 4 p.m. today. After the show, get in line to go aboard this attractive ship and see where some of Germany's young naval cadets learn the skills of sailing and ways of the sea.
The ship is open for public tours from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first two weekends in September. The ship will be closed on Monday and on all weekdays thereafter because of training. Information: 837-4636.
A 'NEW' NAVY VISITOR
The Lancaster, a modern 436-foot British Navy frigate will be the 29th -- and last -- ship to be brought to Baltimore by Baltimore Operation Sail for its '92 season. Arrival: 10 a.m. Monday. Docking place: North Locust Point on Fort Avenue.
Make a point to see this one before it departs Sept. 9. Free public tours will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6.
You need go only as far as Festival Hall to get a taste of Italy this weekend. Take part in a pizza or cannoli eating contest (or both), attend a performance of the Bali d' Italia dancers, or just kick back with a plate of homemade pasta. Other highlights include accordionist Gil Persichetti and magician Hal Diamond. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $3. Information: 837-6501.
TWO STOPS FOR THURSDAY
Have your shoes shined -- free -- to the sounds of Pure Gold, a popular music band, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Charles Plaza, Charles and Saratoga streets.
This mini-festival, sponsored by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, is designed to promote the galleries, shops and special events of the Charles Street corridor -- not a far walk north of the Inner Harbor.
The Walters Art Gallery and the Mitchell Baker Galerie are among seven galleries that will stay open from 5 p.m. until at least 7:30 p.m. with exhibitions.
Colts fans should visit the Tadder Photo Gallery, 1010 Morton St., where they'll find vintage Baltimore Colts photos from the '60s, '70s and '80s on display.
If you tire of walking and seeing, try sitting and listening -- to the contemporary jazz sounds of Jimmy Wilson's Fastlife. The concert, which runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hopkins Plaza between Baltimore Street, Chase Street, and Hopkins Place, is the last in the free La Provence Thursday Night Concert Series.
"SAIL INTO HISTORY"
World War II buffs take note: The U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation and Project Liberty Ship are sponsoring a cruise down the Chesapeake Bay, Sept. 6-7, on the SS John W. Brown, one of only two remaining World War II-era Liberty ships.
During the six-hour sea voyage, a group of World War II fighter planes will stage a mock attack on the ship. The journey culminates with a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony to honor those killed in the war.
The cruise also features '40s music by the Ed Williams Band, a jitterbug contest, a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Reservations are required and tickets are $100 per person. Passengers board the ship at the Dundalk Passenger Terminal between 8 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. and return about 4 p.m.
The Sept. 6 cruise is sold out, but tickets for the Sept. 7 voyage are available. Reservation deadline: Sept. 1. Information: (410) 661-1550.
More than 400 antiques dealers from 24 states are scheduled to set up shop next weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center. Admission: $5. More next week.