The Delaware Responder, one of 16 oil spill response vessels operated by the Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC), is docked at the Inner Harbor's West Wall this weekend. In case there's ever an oil spill on the Chesapeake Bay, figure on seeing the 208-foot long ship in action.
MSRC is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a "best effort" response to help clean oil spills in U.S. offshore and tidal waters, including bays, harbors and the mouths of some rivers.
The 16 vessels are stationed at strategic sites throughout the nation. The Delaware Responder's primary coverage area includes the Delaware Bay and the upper Chesapeake Bay.
You can explore this ship from noon to 7 p.m. today, and from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Free.
Sail Baltimore is the host of the Delaware Responder's visit. Sail Baltimore is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Harborplace and the Gallery, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and CSX Intermodal. Information: 752-8632.
After almost three years of refurbishment, including a pathway that rims the harborside of the landmark, Federal Hill Park is being reopened formally at 6 p.m. today.
Included in the ceremonies will be a ribbon cutting by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and state Sen. George W. Della Jr. and an outdoor concert by Baltimore's Big Band, conducted by Gene Walker.
The park has a new look with its young trees, brick-paved walks, street lights, benches, stone park building and children's playground.
Federal Hill was named for Maryland's ratification of the Constitution and for a large parade and party staged there May 1, 1788. During the Civil War, Union troops occupied the hill and built a fort. After the war, battlements were removed and the site was converted into the present park.
The reopening ceremony is free and sponsored by the city's Department of Recreation and Parks, Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, Friends of Federal Hill Park and Community Volunteers.
SUMMERTIME, AND THE PLAYING IS EASY
Remember playing skelly, or Slipper Slap? Do you know what hopscotch Baltimore-style, is? If so, chances are you're an longtime Baltimorean -- and you can relive some of those memories from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Baltimore City Life Museums, 800 E. Lombard St.
During "Summer in the City," costumed staff will help children play these traditional games along with activities including boat-making, mural painting, macaroni necklace-making and shell-making.
Also, baseball players from the old Negro Leagues will be on hand to share their thoughts on how different professional baseball was early this century.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3.50 for seniors and children ages 4 to 18. Information: 396-3523.
NEED A DENTIST?
Nearly 4,000 of them will be in town for the next few days, attending the 43rd annual meeting of the Academy of General Dentistry at the Baltimore Convention Center. The association includes members from the United States and Canada.
These dentists are offering free services, too: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Rash Field, the academy will photograph children for Kidcare Identification Passports, the passports can be used as identification if children are lost or abducted.
From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, the academy will operate a free national consumer dental hot line. Any dental questions will be answered by volunteer dentists on the SmileLine at (800) SMILE-33.
The Academy of General Dentistry is an international dental association dedicated to continuing dental education. The meeting is open only to registered dentists. Information:
Among other things to consider Around the Inner Harbor. . .
* See dolls -- old ones, new ones, fancy ones, plain ones -- at the Department of Recreation and Parks' 55th annual Doll Show Contest Wednesday at Broadway Market Square, Fells Point. Competition begins at noon and is open to girls and boys 14-years-old and under. Registration will be accepted beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Information: 396-9177.
* Learn about lighthouse living aboard the Maryland Historical Society's Minnie V with a tour Tuesday and Thursday of the Seven-Foot Knoll Lighthouse at Pier 5. Bernadette Gesser, granddaughter of the last civilian keeper of the lighthouse, will speak. The two-hour trips will leave the dock at 6 p.m., weather permitting. Information: 685-3750, Ext. 372.
Next weekend's the time for the annual Great American Firehouse Exposition & Muster, which means a big parade for lovers of fire engines and rescue vehicles July 23 and other public events. Details next week.