CUTTER IN TOWN
The cutter Gentian -- the oldest Coast Guard ship on the Atlantic coast -- is scheduled to sail into the Inner Harbor 'N tomorrow evening and dock at the West Wall. The 180-foot, 1,026 ton ship is one of 25 buoy-tenders created during World War II that remain in service.
The Gentian's crew has the responsibility of maintaining navigation aids along the North Carolina coast, including the shipping channels from Wilmington to Morehead City. The ship has been operating out of Atlantic Beach, N. C., since 1983 and has nine officers and 48 enlisted personnel. It has received National Defense Medals for service in three wars, the World War II Victory Ribbon and the Coast Guard Humanitarian Service Medal.
The ship will be open for free tours from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Sail Baltimore is host of the Gentian's visit. Sail Baltimore is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Harborplace and the Gallery, Baltimore Gas and Electric and CSX Intermodal. Information: 752-8632.
19,990,000 AND COUNTING
Next week, the 20 millionth visitor is expected to step through the turnstile at the National Aquarium. That person's arrival will result in fanfare and lots of gifts, including dinner for two at the Chart House, tickets to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and an Orioles game, a family membership to the aquarium and a weekend stay at Stouffer Renaissance Harborplace Hotel.
The aquarium opened in August 1981 and has become one of the country's most highly regarded and most popular aquariums. Information: 576-3860.
SOOOOOEEE!: . . .
and that's not a cheer for the University of Arkansas football team, either. It's for the city Department of Recreation and Parks' 26th annual Hog Calling Contest, from noon until 1 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway Market Square in Fells Point. Registration will be accepted beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Information: 396-9177.
Among other things to do Around the Inner Harbor in the next week are:
* Solve a mystery aboard the Bay Lady on a three-hour "Murder Mystery Cruise" from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Information: 727-3113.
* Take the kids to see the music and puppet routine of Val and Pam, Kindersingers at Kids' Stuff, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Kaufman Pavilion at Rash Field. Also, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Theatricks will present "Mother Goose on the Loose." Information: 837-4636.
* Learn more about the Civil War aboard the Maryland Historical Society's Minnie V for presentations Tuesday and Thursday of "First Blood in Baltimore: Baltimore in the Civil War." Courtney Wison, exhibit designer for President Street Station Civil War Museum, will speak. The two-hour trips will leave the dock at 6 p.m., weather permitting. Information: 685-3750, Ext. 372.