Black History Festival
At the First Annual National Black History Festival, the only drawback may be deciding what to do once you get there.
The action-packed festival, which will be held on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. at Morgan State University's Hill Field House, features a lineup of guest speakers, dancers, arts and crafts, a cultural marketplace, ethnic foods, a talent showcase and gospel concerts, all, promoters say, "in the spirit of the Million Man March."
Dr. Leonard Jeffries, professor of black studies at the City College of New York, is the event's keynote speaker, and he will be joined by the Morgan State Modern Dance Ensemble, African Roots Drummers and Dancers and the Bethel AME choir, as well as many other performers.
Donations are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 7-12. Children under 6 are free. Morgan State University is at Cold Spring Lane and Hillen Road. Call (410) 992-9129
Happy birthday, George!
Curious about how our first president celebrated his 64th birthday? If so, the second annual Washington's Birthday Celebration, to be held at 7 p.m. today at the Graham Auditorium of the Walters Art Gallery, is the place you need to go.
Social climbers Sam and Sarah Wannabe, played by actors, will emcee as they try to impress the costumed George and Martha by entertaining the couple. Williamsburg musician Dean Shostak will play a hurdy-gurdy and a glass harmonica, an instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin. He will be joined by Annapolis musician Maggie Sansone, who will play a hammer dulcimer and aeolian pipes.
To top this off, the Pirates Royale, a crew of respectable, gentlemanly sailors, will serenade the President.
A cake with candles and free coffee will greet the President and the guests at intermission.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and attendance is limited to the first 500 guests. The Walters Art Gallery is at Charles and Centre streets. Call (410) 516-4470. The Duquesne University Tamburitzans bring a slice of Eastern Europe to Harford Community College's Chesapeake Theater on Saturday. The show will feature colorful and authentic costumes and a variety of dance, rituals and songs.
Each year, the students, who receive full scholarships for their participation in the group, present an entirely new concert portraying the culture of the East European peoples. The internationally known Tamburitzans use 500 costumes, sing in a dozen European languages and do the dances of as many countries.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the HCC's Chesapeake Center cashier's office. HCC is in Bel Air at Route 22 and Thomas Run Road. Call (410) 836-4211.