NEED A FIREFIGHTER?:
The 11th annual Firehouse Expo will be going on this weekend around and near the Inner Harbor. As many as 15,000 fire chiefs, commissioners, firefighters, EMTs and fire buffs are expected to attend the national exhibition (many are in town already). The Expo is sponsored by Firehouse magazine and is the largest event of its type in the country. Some events are open to the public.
The exhibition, a trade show, will be held at the Convention Center today from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a nominal admission to the exhibition floor and vendors' area.
Tomorrow, the Chesapeake Model Fire Engineers will present a model fire apparatus show from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the third floor of the center. Exhibitors from the East Coast and Canada will be showing their models.
The city's Box 414 Association will have an open house tonight and tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at their quarters, 414 N. Gay St. The association maintains a fire museum in one of the nation's oldest fire stations. Information: 727-2414.
Then, at 9 a.m. Sunday, choose a seat somewhere around the Inner Harbor and pick up on the annual fire apparatus parade. Take your camera, as well as the kids. It's fun.
Old, new and in-between fire engines, ladder trucks, rescue vehicles and other such equipment will wind their way from Key Highway, past Harborplace and east on Pratt Street to Baltimore City Community College.
And then, after the parade, (actually starting at 9:30 a.m.) you can browse through a fire-related flea market at the college. The market is open to the public, admission is $3, and the day ends at 4 p.m.
SEE A TALL SHIP:
Libertad, a 336-foot-long tall ship used as a training vessel by the Argentine navy, is still in port and open for public tours today and tomorrow. The striking ship, built in 1956, is docked next to Harborplace at the Inner Harbor's West Wall. Hours today: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; tomorrow, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Libertad is scheduled to depart at 1 p.m. Sunday after another visit to Baltimore sponsored by Baltimore Operation Sail. Information: 837-4636.
The annual Italian Festival will provide its usual array of food, music and fun in Patterson Park from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Admission is $2 each (children in arms free). Besides the food, there will be a 90-foot pole climb and a pizza-eating contest. Yes, we know, it's not the Inner Harbor, but if you stand in the right place, the harbor can be seen. That's close enough.
More Beefeater Smooth Sounds when the jazz band Moon August will entertain from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. In case the skies open up, again, the concert will be held in Harborplace's Center Court, Light Street Pavilion.