Tops in topiary
Take a stroll among the famous topiary hedges and find a fall festival in progress at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Vendors will be selling art, pots, crafts, wine and a variety of seasonal items on the lawn while the Jody and Susie West Band entertain with country bluegrass. The manor house and gardens will be open with tours offered every hour on the hour. Garden tours are self-guided. Hungry folk will find light fare for sale in the Ladew cafe.
House and garden tours cost $8 for adults; $7 for seniors and students; $2 for 12 and under; Garden tours cost $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and students and $1 for children. The address is 3535 Jarrettsville Pike between Jacksonville and Madonna. Call (410) 557-9466.
Kids on the Bay
The 1995 Kids on the Bay Festival at the Inner Harbor's Rash Field is the place to be on Saturday if you're a kid. Live animals, stories, crafts, face painting, costumed characters, even an authentic powwow are among the fun things to do and see from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The outdoor celebration is part of PortFest, which allows the public to tour the many areas of Baltimore's busy harbor. Children will meet Captain Seaweed, the Oriole Bird and Captain Phil as well as WJZ-TV personalities Don Scott and Suzanne Collins. They can climb inside a giant nylon crab and listen to fables and folklore or join a costume parade. There will be crafts to make and take home, kites to fly and a variety of rabbits, birds and sea creatures to see. Call (410) 837-4636 or (800) 282-6632.