FIREWORKS AND THE PLEDGEYou can retake the...



You can retake the pledge and see a half-hour of Zambelli fireworks beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Flag Day, at Fort McHenry. It's the 16th annual national Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance at the fort and will feature, besides the pledge, a concert by the 389th Army Band, the Coast Guard Precision Drill Team, a flyover by A-10 attack jets from the Maryland Air National Guard and a Maryland National Guard parachute drop. The ceremony will conclude with fireworks. Free. Information: 563-FLAG.


Celebrate Greek culture at the annual Greek Folk Festival, sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Community of St. Nicholas Church, 520 S. Ponca St., from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and tomorrow, and from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. You'll find Greek imports, cooking demonstrations, slide presentations, Greek foods, bands and more at Ponca Street and Foster Avenue. Information: 633-5020.


Chances are you've seen it on cable television, and now you can see it in person -- professional beach volleyball. Thirty-two teams will compete in the $100,000 Nestea Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, when the title match is to be played at 3 p.m. Where: HarborView, 500 HarborView Dr., off Key Highway. First place: $20,000. Admission. Information: (800) 793-TOUR.


Experience a touch of very old Baltimore from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow, which is Colonial Familyfest Day at Mount Clare Mansion. In addition to typical festival attractions, you can watch a jousting tournament, beginning at noon. Admission. Information: 836-3262. . . . On Sunday, explore Otterbein, the rebuilt and refurbished neighborhood west and southwest of the Inner Harbor. Self-guided tours will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets: $5 in Welcome Alley Park. Information: 752-6220. . . . The Baltimore City Life Museums will reopen the Shot Tower on Thursday, with new exhibits about what some say is the city's most unusual landmark, at Fayette and Front streets. A light and sound show will recount Jim Horney's umbrella flight from the tower in 1880 and Edgar Allan Poe's April Fool's prank in 1829. Free. At night, look for the new circular red light surrounding an American flag atop the 215-foot tower. Information: 396-3523. . . . Help restore the Constellation by donating $10 or more to hear the Catholic Boys Choir of Florida in concert at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 200 N. Saratoga St., at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Information: 539-1798.


A big convention -- 6,000 folks attending the 89th annual conference of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada -- starts Sunday, runs through Wednesday all Around the Inner Harbor. . . . More conventioneers, 1,000-plus, will be at the Stouffer Renaissance Hotel on Wednesday through June 17 for the National Association of Insurance Women's 54th annual gathering. . . . And our town is where the American Homebrewers Association will be declaring the nation's best home-brewed beers in 29 categories -- for 600 or so conventioneers only -- at the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore from Wednesday through June 17.


The USS Avenger, a Navy mine countermeasures ship scheduled to be here for tours this weekend, will not be here after all. Hurricane Allison delayed the ship on its way north. Sail Baltimore is hoping for a rain check.

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