BOOM!:The Inner Harbor's Fourth of July fireworks...



The Inner Harbor's Fourth of July fireworks show -- always one of the best in Maryland -- is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Sunday. (Rain date: same time, same place Monday.) Pick your spot and plan your parking, keeping in mind the O's are on the road in Chicago this weekend.

Before the fireworks, you'll find lots to whet your patriotic appetite, starting today:

* Harborplace kicks off the Fourth of July weekend with a birthday party at noon today at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. The pavilions mark 13 years at the Inner Harbor with a performance by Regency and the distribution of more than 3,500 minibirthday cakes to visitors.

* At 5:30 p.m. today, hear the jazz of Cabo Frio. Stan "the FanCharles closes the day broadcasting his popular sports talk show live from Phillip's Cafe at Harborplace.

* Saturday afternoon at 2:30 see comic juggler Barry Wood. Thstraight-ahead jazz of the Ron Petride Quintet follows at 5 p.m., and the a cappella sounds of Regency go from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

* On the Fourth, activities include a concert of patriotic, big banand swing music at 8 p.m. by the 229th Army Band and, finally, fireworks.

* The 100-voice Mormon Choir of Washington performs patriotic music at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Fort McHenry Monument and Historic Shrine. Free. Information: 962-4290.

* Meet one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Charles Carroll (portrayed by David Guy) will tell stories of the Revolutionary War from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow in "A Visit with Charles Carroll" at the Carroll Mansion on Museum Row, 800 E. Lombard St.

* Pack a picnic basket for "Picnic on the Pier" -- The Baltimore Museum of Industry will open its waterfront deck and pier to the public from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, giving you a front-row seat for the harbor's fireworks. Hot dogs and soda will be served, and the museum's galleries will be open until 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children. For members, the charge is $7.50 for adults, $3.50 for children. Reservations: 727-4808. If you just want to park there for fireworks, the museum is charging $5.


Take your little ones to Rash Field's Kaufman Pavilion for Kids' Stuff, a free summer program of storytellers, puppets, mimes and dancers. The pavilion will play host to a different act or group every Tuesday and Thursday from July 6 to Aug. 12. Shows start at 10:30 a.m. and last approximately 45 minutes.

Jamal Koram kicks off the program Tuesday with stories, fables, songs and proverbs of African-American culture.

On Thursday, the Blue Sky Puppet Theater presents a puppet show on the life of Rufus, the Red Nose Raindog. The show features music and audience participation.

Kaufman Pavilion is next to the Maryland Science Center on Key Highway. The Baltimore Office of Promotion sponsors the event. Information: 837-4636.


If you're looking for something unique, check out the 10th annual Town and Country Antiques Show and Sale this weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center. You'll find American, Georgian and Irish silver, English and Continental porcelains and pottery, tall-case clocks, Chinese and Japanese works of art, Civil War swords, ship models, decoys, Victorian beadwork and textiles, Oriental carpets and antique jewelry.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Admission: $6.


More than 5,000 people of Indian descent are registered for the sixth biennial convention of the Brihan Maharashtra Mandal (BMM) of North America today through Sunday -- also at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Organizers describe this convention as a celebration of Indian immigrants establishing themselves across North America and trying to balance their own heritage and their new American culture. BMM was started in 1984 as a way of preserving the culture and heritage of immigrants from India's Maharashtra state. Previous conventions have been in Chicago, Toronto, Detroit and Long Beach, Calif.

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