The Confederate Air Force 1996 "Wings of Freedom Airshow" will be held Saturday and Sunday at Frederick Municipal Airport. Come and see the fiery American Heritage air power demonstration re-enacting the major air battles of World War II. Also featured will be NASA astronaut Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson, who will perform aerobatics in a Russian MiG 21. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 through 12, free for children under 6. Call (301) 631-5357.
Playing in the water
The inaugural Chesapeake Music Fair and Water Races, which will benefit the Grant-A-Wish Foundation, will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until midnight at the Baltimore Yacht Basin, 2600 Insulator Drive in South Baltimore. Featured on the main stage will be Bluegrass: the Chesapeake Retrievers, Big Jesse Yawn and His Music Men, Dublin Soul and more. A sailboat race, "The Patapsco Drainage Basin Cup," will start at 10 a.m. and "The Second Annual Canoe Cannonball Run" will start at 11 a.m. Food tents will serve steamed crabs, soft crabs, crab cakes, pit beef, beer and more. Admission: $10 for adults; children under 10 are free. Call (410) 494-9558.
Fun with a frog
Flumpa and Friends, an interactive storytelling and musical performance about an adventuresome little tree frog, will be performed for free at Borders Books in Towson, 415 York Road, on Saturday at 1 p.m. Author, co-songwriter, singer and narrator Wendy Whitten and illustrator Mike Swerda, along with Flumpa and his friends, will bring this children's story to life. Kids of all ages will have the chance to meet Flumpa and have their picture taken with him. Call (410) 296-0791.
A show to keep you purring
All those who fancy felines, take note! The Ocicat Celebration Cat Club will sponsor a Cat Fanciers' Association/Friskies all-breed cat show Saturday and Sunday at Tall Cedars Hall in Parkville, Putty Hill Avenue at Old Harford Road. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children under 12. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to feline education, rescue and research projects in the community and nationwide. Call (301) 698-4784.
Three of the most popular performers in the reggae world today, Maxi-Priest, Shabba Ranks and Shaggy, will perform at Pier Six on Friday at 8 p.m. as part of the Reggae Madness tour. Maxi-Priest, a London native, was instrumental in bringing reggae and R&B-fused; music to mainstream audiences. Two-time Grammy winner Shabba Ranks is known for his collaborations with KRS-1, Johnny Gill and Queen Latifah. Shaggy's 1996 Grammy-winning album, "Bombastic," ruled Billboard's reggae album chart for over 30 weeks, the longest No. 1 reign in the chart's history. All tickets are $18. Call (410) 481-SEAT.
Around the Harbor
Air Force country
The U.S. Air Force Band's newest performing ensemble, Silver Wings, will give a free show at Harborplace Amphitheatre on Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Performing classic country music as well as newer country hits. Call (410) 332-4191 or 1-800-HARBOR-1.
Art atop the world
The Top of the World Observation Level and Museum will present "Impressions in Acrylics" by Edward D. Hilbert through Saturday, Aug. 31. Hilbert, a painter, sculptor and designer, describes this as his favorite collection of East Coast landscapes, European cityscapes and colorful still lifes. The Top of the World is on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center at 401 E. Pratt St. Admission: $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for senior citizens and children ages 5-15. Children under 5 are free. Hours: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (410) 837-4515.
22nd Annual Native Pow-Wow
Native American culture is alive in Baltimore and waiting to be discovered. The 22nd Annual Native Pow-Wow will be held by the Baltimore American Indian Center this Friday through Sunday at the Fifth Regiment Armory, 219 W. 29th Division St. With more than 70 tribes represented, there will be a variety of dances, sacred regalia, arts and crafts, pottery and more. Spectators are also encouraged to sample authentic Native American foods such as fry bread, buffalo meat and corn soup. Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children under 12. Call (410) 675-3535.
Ladies and lords gather
The Maryland Renaissance Festival, in its 20th season, will open its celebration this weekend and run Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day through Oct. 30, from 10: 30 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. The 16th-century English Tudor village, nestled in 25 acres of woods and meadows, will be filled with hundreds of artisans, food and festivities. King Henry VIII and his court will preside over 10 stages and theaters, authentic armored combat jousting and five outdoor taverns. Located 15 minutes from I-695 in Crownsville. Call (800) 296-7304 for more information.
Pub Date: 8/22/96