SPIRIT, PRIDE II
Steal 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) for two weeks. Open houses are scheduled 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. May 29. Pride II sails May 30 for a summer tour promoting Baltimore interests to Great Lakes ports. Volunteers are needed to work July 9-13 with the Upper Deck All-Star FanFest -- part of the 64th annual baseball All-Star Game at OPACY. FanFest will transform the Baltimore Convention Center and the Baltimore Arena into an enormous baseball theme-park. Volunteers are needed to greet VIPs, staff exhibits and work information booths. Also: singers, dancers, gymnasts, rap singers, actors and models ages 6 to 14 are needed to perform with the FanFest Kids, a tribute to the game of baseball. Auditions are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency, Harborplace. Information on volunteering or audition appointments: 813-4111.
With his six-string electric bass, Gerald Veasley takes jazz to the limit. Catch his performance at Hopkins Plaza on Thursday for the free La Provence Thursday Night Concert Series. The rhythm and blues and contemporary jazz group State of Affairz will open the show at 7 p.m. Nationally known flutist Herbie Mann brings his Brazilian rhythms to the free Center Plaza Concert Series from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Hopkins Plaza is between Baltimore and Charles streets and Hopkins Place, and Center Plaza is at Fayette, Charles and Liberty streets near the BG&E; building. Information: 837-4636. BABE'S ANNIVERSARY: The Babe Ruth Museum invites you to celebrate its 10th year as the official caretaker of Orioles' memories and memorabilia. Wednesday's the actual 10th birthday -- and admission that day will be free.