SCRIMMAGE AT SEA:
International-class sailors will try to tack their way to victory this weekend in a scrimmage on the bay. Skippers attempt to outmaneuver their opponents at the Columbus Cup team racing finals at 11 a.m. today and tomorrow. (Fans may watch the races from their own boats but are cautioned to stay clear of the course). About 3 p.m. today, go to the docks of the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club, 1225 Key Highway, for a recap of events with ESPN commentator Gary Jobson. After the racing both days, fans are invited to HarborView to mingle with the skippers and crews.
Find out what's cooking at the 1840 House, 800 E. Lombard St. Tomorrow, you can feast on (and help prepare) back bones and dumplings, herbed pork roast with sweet potatoes, pig tails and greens, fresh sage sausage, baked apples, corn bread and spice cake. It's harvest season, and that means it's "Hog Killing Time," says food historian Sue Latini, who will explain the significance of the season in 19th-century life at a cooking workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow. She'll fix dishes traditionally prepared at harvest time in the 1800s. Reservations required. Cost: $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Information: 396-3395.
A CALL TO ARMS:
War souvenirs -- ranging from Civil War muskets to Iraqi uniforms brought back from Operation Desert Storm -- will be available at the Militaria Antiques Show this weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center and Festival Hall. Samurai swords, Civil War canteens, World War I helmets and uniforms, dress swords, and military patches and medals are for sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $6; children, free. Bring your youngsters to Kids on the Bay, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Inner Harbor's Rash Field. Activities include arts and crafts, kite flying and face painting. Staffers from the Baltimore Children's Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and Native American Arts and Crafts will busy little hands, showing them how to make wind socks and beaded necklaces. The Oriole Bird, the Clown Corps and Captain Seaweed will be on hand, too. Kids on the Bay is part of Baltimore on the Bay, the city's monthlong maritime celebration. Free. Information: 837-4636.
Get ready for Portfest, a three-day showcase of Baltimore's port and maritime heritage that kicks off next Friday with a birthday celebration for the Pride of Baltimore II. Other activities: a narrated bus tour of the port and waterfront businesses, an open house at the Port Administration and a seafood festival. Details next week.