In yesterday's Maryland Live, admission to the Coca-Cola Preakness Fun Festival in Patterson Park today through tomorrow was incorrectly listed. Admission is free.
+ The Sun regrets the errors.
And the race is on!
No, no, not the Preakness Stakes. That's not until May 15. We mean the race to include as many events as ,x possible in the 1993 Maryland Preakness Celebration.
Beginning today, a familiar schedule of community festivals, balloon races, rock concerts, fireworks displays and the Triple Crown Ball builds toward next weekend's 118th running of the second jewel in thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course.
The first official Preakness affair? A media balloon flight and news conference at 6 a.m. today at Oregon Ridge Park, scheduled to give a bird's-eye preview of tomorrow's 21st annual Preakness balloon race, which lifts off from Druid Hill Park at 6:30 a.m. Air bag buffs should note another balloon competition is scheduled Sunday morning at Oregon Ridge Park.
The Preakness Fun Festival, a three-day event expanding by one day the previous annual Highlandtown Festival, also opens today, at 5 p.m. at Patterson Park.
And the seven-day Bud Light Nights celebration, featuring outdoor block parties and concerts along Water Street downtown, gets under way at 5:30 p.m.
However, gone this year for financial reasons is the Preakness Week parade, traditionally held the Friday evening before race day. In its place on the schedule comes the first Preakness Talent Showcase at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, featuring local musical talent, with preliminary auditions tomorrow and final performances next Friday.
"We canceled the parade because we couldn't find sponsorship dollars," said Sandra Cuneo, the former executive director of Maryland Preakness Celebration, the nonprofit corporation that organizes and arranges sponsorship for the 10-day Preakness party. (She has taken a job in Washington lobbying for New York state but is following through with this year's Preakness events as a volunteer.)
"We loved the parade, but it was just so expensive," Ms. Cuneo said, estimating the cost of a single parade float at $15,000 and the total cost at more than $100,000.
"We've tried to expand out into the community instead," she said, citing the Talent Showcase and the expanded Highlandtown Festival under a Preakness banner as examples.
Preakness packaging extends well beyond Baltimore, too. Around the state, more than 100 events have taken on the black-eyed Susan symbol to identify with the equine event.
"We tried to find grass-roots events that were already occurring, or in some cases events moved their schedules around to be part of the week," said Ms. Cuneo. Participation includes sponsorship assistance, Preakness publicity on display at the various functions and wider publicity for the local events, she said.
Here is a day-by-day guide to the celebration's events. Many are free or require the one-time purchase of a Preakness Pin for $2, which is transferable to other events. (Children under 10 are free.) For further information, including requests for a brochure listing Preakness-connected events elsewhere in the state, call the Preakness Celebration office at (410) 837-3030.
* The Coca-Cola Preakness Fun Festival, through Sunday in Patterson Park: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Today's events include a 5 p.m. welcoming ceremony with Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, followed by "Good Time Oldies" performers Joey & the Jammers at 5:15 p.m., the Admirals at 6:30 p.m. and Bobby and the Believers at 8:30 p.m. A balloon glow, in which some of the hot-air ascenders taking part in tomorrow's race fire up their burners, is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.
Featured groups on the oldies rock bill include Danny & the Juniors at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow and the Coasters at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Also performing Saturday: the Chill, Big Cam & the Lifters, Joey & the Jammers, Elvis impersonator Michael Hoover and Ronnie Dove; on Sunday: the Orioles, Stevie & the Satellites, Joey Dee & the Starlighters.
Admission to the festival requires a Preakness Pin. For more information call (410) 563-2768.
* Bud Light Nights, outdoor block parties held daily (except Sunday) at 5:30 p.m. in the Water Street club district (off Light and Lombard streets). Admission is free with Preakness Pin. The band schedule includes Rattle Cats (tonight), Rex Hunter (tomorrow), Never, Never (Monday), Mama Jama (Tuesday), the Klassixs (Wednesday), Great Train Robbery (Thursday) and Tony Berry and New Money (Friday).
* Baltimore African Violet Club Plant Show and Sale, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Towson Market Place. Call (410) 686-4667.
* Baltimore Museum Antiques Show, today, tomorrow and Sunday, Baltimore Museum of Art, times vary. Admission. Call (410) 396-6310.
* Pear Tree Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow in downtown Pocomoke City in Worcester County, a street festival including food, entertainment and a petting zoo. Call (410) 957-0972.
* Springfest '93, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, in downtown Ocean City, an annual beach festival under four tents with entertainment, crafts and refreshment. Call (800) OC-OCEAN.
* 3rd Annual Southern Maryland Quilt and Needlework Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, tomorrow and Sunday in Sotterly Mansion, Hollywood, St. Mary's County. Admission. Call (301) 373-2280.
* Havre de Grace Decoy Festival, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Havre de Grace. Admission. Call (410) 638-3339.
* First National Bank Hot Air Balloon Competition and Children's Festival in Druid Hill Park, on the lawn in front of the mansion, begins with the ascension of more than 35 balloons at approximately 6:30 a.m. (weather permitting). Balloon "aeronauts," as early fliers were called, compete in a "hare and hounds race," with the lead balloon followed by competitors who seek to put down as close as possible to where the hare lands. It all depends on the wind.
The post-launch festival runs until 10 a.m. and features face-painting and other kid-oriented entertainment. Games and refreshments require a Preakness Pin. Also, the Baltimore Zoo is opening early, at 9 a.m.
* Sixth Annual Fells Point Preakness Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday on Broadway Square. Free admission. Musical entertainment tomorrow includes the David Earl Band, Idle Wilds, Misty, Suddenly Tammy and Uprising; on Sunday: Y Not ?, Thin Lizard Dawn, Spring House, the Dave Matthews Band, the Greenberry Woods and Everything! Call (410) 563-7220.
* Baltimore's Preakness Talent Showcase, preliminaries, noon to p.m. at Harborplace Amphitheatre. Groups performing jazz, reggae, country and Top 40 music compete to be finalists in the Talent Showcase on Preakness Eve. Free admission. Call (410) 837-4636 or (800) 282-6632.
* The Pimlico Distaff, 12:30 p.m. at Pimlico Race Course, a $200,000 stakes race for fillies and mares. Admission. Call (410) 542-9400.
* Crown Central Petroleum Balloonglow and Concert, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville. Admission: $10 adults, children under 10 free. Displays include arts and crafts, children's games and refreshments.
Co-sponsor WPOC-FM (93.1) presents a country music concert beginning at 6 p.m. with Joy White followed by national country ** star Marty Stuart.
The lighting of balloon burners, illuminating such air bag shapes as a champagne bottle, a moving van and a sneaker, is scheduled for 8:35 p.m.
* Maryland SPCA Animal Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SPCA on Falls Road in Baltimore. Call (410) 235-8826.
* Tour Du Pont, Stage 3 of America's biggest bicycle stage race, with a 10 a.m. start in Port Deposit and 4 p.m. finish in Hagerstown. Call (301) 971-3494.
* Eastern Shore Dressage, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, St. Giles Farm in Hebron, Wicomico County, including national dressage competitions. Call (410) 742-7568.
* Frederick Civil War Show and Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Frederick County Fairgrounds. Admission. Call (301) 253-4961.
* Cylburn Arboretum Market Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, including plant sales, vendors and crafts. Call (410) 367-2217.
* Laurel Main Street Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including 10 a.m. parade, 500 vendors and crafts and refreshments. Call (301) 317-4904.
* Annapolis Music Festival, 9:30 a.m., a parade featuring high school bands from St. John's Street to City Dock. Call (410) 267-2439.
* Ellicott City May Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Main Street area. Admission. Call (410) 461-0870.
* Historic Chesapeake City Antique Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Chesapeake City Elementary School, Cecil County. Admission. Call (410) 885-5995.
* Marlborough Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County. Includes a parade and five entertainment stages. Call (301) 292-9006.
* Maryland House and Garden Tours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Calvert County. Admission. Call (410) 821-6933.
* Potomac River Cruises, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Potomac River Museum at St. Clement's Island, St. Mary's County. Admission. Call (301) 769-2225.
* Riverside Craft Show and Community Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverside Parkway and Route 40 in Belcamp, Harford County. Call (410) 696-6936.
* Spring Festival and Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bel Air. Admission. Call (410) 893-1085.
* Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the downtown area of Carroll County seat. Call (410) 876-1313.
* Hard Times Good Times Chili Cookoff, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bel Air. Call (410) 879-9796.
* Hyattsville 107th Anniversary Celebration, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Magruder Park, Prince George's County. Call (410) 985-5020.
* International Festival . . . A Circle of Friends, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., New Windsor Service Center, Carroll County, an international fair with ethnic crafts and food. Call (410) 876-2263 or (410) 635-8715.
* Charles Carroll House Restoration Opening Day Ceremonies, noon, in Annapolis. Call (410) 269-1737.
* Plant and Animal Clinic, noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, Cider Mill Petting Farm in Elkridge, Howard County. Call (410) 788-9595.
* Riley's Lockhouse Open House, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, and also next weekend, at Seneca along Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Montgomery County. Call (301) 299-3613.
* Israel Pops Orchestra, 8 p.m. in the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, Salisbury, featuring guest Theodore Bikel. Admission. Call (410) 548-4911.
* Baltimore Magazine Mother's Day Hot Air Balloon Competition, 6:30 a.m. at Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville. More than 35 balloons are expected for the liftoff in the final event of this year's Baltimore balloon gathering, featuring contests of accuracy and handling agility. Free admission.
* Miss Preakness Stakes, 1 p.m. Pimlico Race Course, a six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies. Admission. Call (410) 542-9400.
* Amoco Fireworks Spectacular, 8:30 p.m., Inner Harbor. Musical accompaniment piped into the Harborplace Amphitheatre highlights the annual Mother's Day light show. Free.
* Tour Du Pont, 9:30 a.m. start of Stage 4 from Pen Mar Park in Washington County, racing to Hershey, Pa. Call (301) 791-3494.
* 41st Annual Potomac Hunt Steeplechase Races, 12:30 p.m., Bittersweet Field, Seneca, Montgomery County. Parking $20. Proceeds benefit the Suburban Hospital Shock Trauma Center in Bethesda. Call (301) 916-4579.
* Invest in Kids! 2 p.m. this Sunday and next at Harborplace Amphitheatre, including concerts and education events. Call (410) 332-4191.
* Celebrate Travel! 2 p.m., Maryland Museum of African Art, Historic Oakland in Columbia. Call (410) 730-7105.
* Maryland School for the Blind Preakness Celebration, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the school at 3501 Taylor Ave., Baltimore. Students will simulate the Preakness Stakes using models of horses. Free. Call (410) 444-5000.
* Sunrise at Old Hilltop, 6 a.m. at Pimlico Race Course, daily through Friday. A Preakness Pin secures free guided tours of the race track, including the backstretch, while WBAL-AM (1090) personalities broadcast live from the clubhouse. Call (410) 542-9400.
* Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Mounted Police Preakness Luncheon, noon at the hotel, at 20 W. Baltimore St. Officers and horses of the Baltimore City Police Department Mounted Unit are scheduled to be honored -- with the steeds dining at an "equine outdoor cafe" at Baltimore and Hanover streets. Free.
* King's Snow Stakes, 1 p.m., Pimlico Race Course, a stakes race for 2-year-olds. Admission. Call (410) 542-9400.
* Preakness Celebration Home Run Fantasy, 6:30 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Up to 13 major pledge participants will face former Orioles pitcher Tippy Martinez in a home run duel preceding the Orioles-Boston Red Sox game, with proceeds for the benefit of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Game ticket required to watch. Call (410) 955-8767.
* Westminster Inn Courtyard Celebration, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily through Saturday, 5 S. Center St., Westminster. Call (410) 876-2893.
* United Artists Cable of Baltimore Pee Wee Preakness, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rash Field, Inner Harbor. Children 3 to 6 race on hobby horses, with Pimlico's John "Kinderman" Taylor calling the race and volunteers from the Waxter Center providing hugs and support. Free admission. Call (410) 837-4636.
* Maryland Preakness Celebration Frog Hop, noon, Fells Point Broadway Market Square. Amphibians of 4 inches and longer compete to represent Charm City in the famous Calaveras County Frog Jumping Jubilee in California. Free admission. Call (410) 396-9177.
* AT&T; Great Schooner Race, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Inner Harbor. The Baltimore-based excursion vessels Clipper City, Lady Maryland and Nighthawk compete in a sail to Fort McHenry and back. Good viewing around the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill and at Fort McHenry. Free.
* AmTote Celebrity Golf Tournament, at Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills. Call (410) 837-3030.
* Maryland House and Garden Tours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. in Poplar Hill area of Baltimore. Admission. Call (410) 821-6933.
* Preakness WQSR Good Time Oldies Lunch Hour, noon to 2 p.m., Harborplace Amphitheatre. Call (410) 332-4191.
* Clyde Beatty Cole Brothers Circus, 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Naval Academy Stadium, Annapolis. Admission. Call (410) 260-6115.
* Night of Champions, 7 p.m., Baltimore Arena, junior middleweight championship boxing bout. Admission. Call (410) 528-1932.
* The Gallorette Handicap, 1 p.m., Pimlico Race Course, a $100,000 stakes race. Admission. Call (410) 542-9400.
* 3rd Annual Preakness Celebration Media Crab Derby, 1 p.m., Lexington Market. Local broadcast and print personalities sponsor their favorite bluefins in the scuttle for the black-eyed Susans. Free. Call (410) 685-6169.
* Triple Crown Ball Sponsored by GTECH, 7 p.m. Hyatt Regency Hotel, to benefit the Frank DeFrancis Chair at the Father Sellinger School of Business at Loyola College. Tickets: $250. Call (410) 617-2408.
* Preakness Night at Wurlitzer's, 5 p.m. to midnight, Hunt Valley Inn. The party includes music, dancing and a visit by Miss Preakness and her court, with proceeds for the benefit of the 1994 Miss Preakness Pageant Scholarship Fund. Admission: $1 from 5 to 8 p.m.; $2 after 8. Call (410) 785-7000.
* Preakness Night at the Comedy Factory, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. shows at the club, at Light and Lombard streets, featuring headliner Rich Ramirez and five regional comics. Host is comic ++ Mike Aronin of Baltimore, who has cerebral palsy, and proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland. Admission $10; must be 21. Call (410) 244-5233.
FRIDAY, May 14
* Baltimore's Preakness Talent Showcase, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. Winners from the previous week's auditions perform at this new event, taking the place of the Preakness Parade. Free. Call (410) 837-4636.
* Bethesda Metro Center Preakness Eve Dance Party, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the plaza of the Metro subway stop at Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue, Montgomery County, featuring the band Fabulous Fantoms. Free admission and free parking at nearby Hyatt Hotel. Call (301) 652-4988.
* Phillips Preakness Crab Picking Contest, noon to 2 p.m., Harborplace Amphitheatre. Local celebrities match their crustacean cracking skills. Free. Call (410) 332-4191.
* 19th Annual Frederick Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Frederick County Fairgrounds. Admission. Call (717) 369-4810.
* 30th Annual YMCA Circle Promenade, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, State Circle and Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis. Call (410) 268-5093.
* U.S. Piping Foundation Championship, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fair Hill Grounds, Fair Hill, Cecil County. Admission. Call (302) 731-5101.
* Community Jubilee, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster. Admission. (410) 848-7775.
* Early Times Dixie Handicap and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, 1 p.m., Pimlico Race Course. Admission. Call (410) 542-9400.
* St. Pius X Church and School Carnival, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 6428 York Road, Towson. Call (410) 377-7440.
* Rubble to Roses: William Paca Garden 20th Anniversary Gala, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, William Paca Garden, Annapolis. Admission. Call (410) 267-7619.
SATURDAY, May 15
* 118th Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico Race Course. Gates to the infield open at 8:30 a.m., with post time approximately 5:30 p.m. Infield admission, $15 a person in advance, $18 on race day. Call (410) 542-9400.
More than 90,000 people are expected for the annual infield party, whose rules have been designed to create a family atmosphere and to preserve the peace for the race horses, according to Pimlico officials.
In a departure from previous years, for example, no live entertainment is planned this year, in part because horses were disturbed by the noise level of performing bands, says spokeswoman Ann Taylor.
"We have to try to keep the noise to a minimum," she said. "After all, the horses are the stars for the day, aren't they?"
Patrons can, however, bring radios. Here are the other rules regarding what you can tote into the race course, whether infield or grandstand:
PROHIBITED: hibachis, barbecue grills or other cooking devices; step stools, scaffolds or other raised devices; tents (or other such devices that would block other fans' view); kegs of beer; non-folding furniture; handcarts or wheeled carrying devices; glass containers of any kind, and pets.
PERMITTED: beer, wine and soda in individually carried plastic containers or regular-size cans; picnic lunches and coolers that can be carried by hand; hand-carried umbrellas; folding chairs and tables; beach blankets; baby carriages with babies, and "rabbits feet and other lucky paraphernalia."
* Championship Rodeo, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. Admission, $7 in advance, $8 at gate. Call (410) 757-6387.
* New Windsor May Day, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at New Windsor Fireman's Carnival Grounds, Carroll County. Call (410) 775-2585.
* MSSA 10th Annual Bluefish Tournament, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Chesapeake Bay, sponsored by Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen's Association. Admission. Call (410) 768-8666.
* Fort Detrick Armed Forces Day, 8 a.m. to midnight, Fort Detrick in Frederick, including 9:15 p.m. fireworks. Call (301) 619-2018.
* Fort Detrick Juried Art Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fort Detrick in Frederick. Call (301) 619-2018.
* Colonial Highland Gathering, Fair Hill Grounds in Fair Hill, Cecil County. Admission. Call (302) 475-8499.
* National Pike Festival, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m Sunday along U.S. Route 40 in Clear Spring, Funkstown and Boonsboro, in Washington and Frederick counties. Call (301) 791-3130.
* Johnsville Ruritan Club Antique Engine and Tractor Show, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Johnsville Ruritan Park on Route 75, Frederick County. Call (301) 898-7419.
* Cecil Days in May, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Old Mills, Cecil County. Call (301) 994-1510.
* Civil War Living History Demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Jonathon Hager House and Museum, Hagerstown. Call (301) 739-8393.
* Days in May Festival Parade, 10 a.m. on Ocean Pines Parkway, Ocean Pines, Worcester County. Call (410) 641-5306.
* Heart of the Shore Ethnic and Folklife Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Spring Valley, Cambridge, Dorchester County. Call (410) 267-7619.
* Springfest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Talbot County. Admission. Call (410) 745-2916.
* Wine in the Woods . . . A Celebration of Tastes, 11 a.m. to 5 Saturday and Sunday in Symphony Woods, Columbia, including wine tasting and gourmet foods. Admission. Call (410) 313-2762.
* Cinco de Mayo Festival, noon at the Stray Cat Cafe, McHenry, Garrett County. Call (301) 387-7440.
* 11th Annual Italian Festival, noon to 9:30 p.m. in Heritage Park, Dundalk. (410) 282-4414.
* Old-Fashioned May Festival and Carriage Driving Show, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Steppingstone Museum, Havre de Grace. Admission. (410) 939-2299.
* St. James Jazzfest, 7 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, featuring Shirley Horn and an all-star band. Admission. (410) 462-4438.
SUNDAY, May 16
* Walk for the Animals, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis. Call (410) 268-4388.
* 1993 Spring Heat, 9 a.m. at University of Maryland Baltimore County, a bike ride to benefit Maryland Special Olympics. Admission. Call (410) 931-4100.
* Post Preakness Party 5K, 9 a.m. to noon, a footrace from the Bennett Institute at Children's Hospital, Greenspring Avenue in Baltimore, for the benefit of physically handicapped children. Admission. Call (410) 669-2015.
* Arbutus Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on East Drive, Arbutus. Crafts, food and a children's corner included. Call (410) 719-0064.
* 1993 Great Strides Walk to Cure Cystic Fibrosis, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville. Admission. Call (410) 771-9000.
* 6th Annual Preakness Auction and Champagne Luncheon, noon at Harbor Court Hotel, Baltimore, to benefit Baltimore Association of Retarded Citizens. Admission: $35. Call (410) 323-5600.
* Baltimore Public Works Museum Open House, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, at the Inner Harbor. Call (410) 396-5565.
* A Tasting at the Station, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Greenspring Station, Lutherville, an international wine tasting event to benefit the International Visitors Center of Maryland. Admission. Call (410) 837-7150.
* Sunday in the Park at Saks, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue in Owings Mills Mall, a western theme event. Admission. Call (410) 363-7200.