Colonial MarylandMontpelier, the elegant 18th century mansion...


Colonial Maryland

Montpelier, the elegant 18th century mansion in Laurel, will offer visitors a glimpse of its past when the Friends of Montpelier present Colonial Day Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The event is free and will be held rain or shine.

The grounds will be alive with colonial-style artisans demonstrating their trades. Among them you'll see a paper-maker, cordwainer (shoemaker), spinners, a blacksmith and some sutlers, who will be on hand with a few items for sale. There will also be a Revolutionary War encampment set up on the grounds, and soldiers will participate in battle re-enactments. And for children there will be Colonial magic shows and hands-on activities. They can try on costumes of the period, play with Colonial toys and try out a carpenter's tools.

The mansion will be open for walk-through tours. The fee is $1 for adults; 50 cents for children. Guided tours are available other Sundays each hour between 12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Montpelier is just off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at Route 197 and Muirkirk Road in south Laurel. Call (301) 953-1376. Join Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke as he proclaims North Howard Street Baltimore's "Avenue of the Arts" Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. This festival will be filled with all kinds of attractions from street theater performers to living history characters, an arts and crafts market to great food and drink.

It begins with the opening of a garage door. The former Greyhound Bus Station garage is a gift from the city to the Maryland Historical Society. It is to be renovated to serve as the Maryland History Center for the society.

Look for continuous entertainment on two stages, an all-day jazz program, Art-Ventures Tents, one with hands-on activities for children and the other with storytelling from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be workshops for children, focusing on the architecture of Howard Street, and a walking tour of Howard Street led by Charlie Duff, president-elect of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, at 1 p.m. from the northeast corner of Howard and Centre streets. All activities are free. Call (410) 396-4575.

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