Rare things and old booksFor rare collector...

Rare things and old books

For rare collector books and antiques, attend the Baltimore Summer Antiques and Antiquarian Book Fair this weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center. Seventy antiquarian book dealers will offer illustrated books, first editions, autographed books and more. The show is presented in conjunction with the antiques fair. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The $6 admission is good for repeated entry. Children 14 and younger are admitted free. Call (301) 738-1966


or during the show, (410) 244-1087.

'A Labor of Love'


Broadway performers, Hollywood entertainers and television celebrities will be on stage Labor Day to raise money for AIDS patients. Participants in "A Labor of Love," a benefit show for the Howard County AIDS Alliance, include Ric Ryder, whose voice ** was featured in the Disney movie "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"; Betsy True of Columbia, who performed in the Broadway run of "Les Miserables"; Robin Baxter, a Helen Hays Award-winning actress; and Broadway actor Ryan Perry. The benefit starts at 7 p.m. Monday in the Smith Theater, Howard Community College in Columbia. The minimum ticket donation is $20. Call (410) 730-6122.


If you like boats, water, thrills and chills, then come to Cox's Point Park in Essex this weekend for the Maryland Hydro-Fest 96. Bring the family, lawn chairs or blankets and watch racing boats test their speed and attempt to break records. There will also be plenty of food and cold beverages and a playground for children. Seven classes of boats will participate in races from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, ages 12 and over. Proceeds will benefit area charities. Call (410) 391-0631 or (410) 575-6997.


Listen to Alabama tonight at the Baltimore Arena and help raise money to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Known for such hits as "Close Enough to Perfect," "Lady Down On Love" and "If You're Gonna Play In Texas," Alabama was the first group ever to be named the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year. The Travelers open the show at 7: 30 p.m. Tickets are $25; call (410) 481-SEAT.

The big top

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the elephant in America when Captain Fred Logan presents mammoth monarchs of the Asian continent under the Big Top, Tuesday through Thursday at Owings Mills Town Center mall. The Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus will present six shows. And don't miss the tent-raising on Tuesday from dawn to 10 a.m., when 50 men and a team of elephants will raise the world's largest circus tent. Show time is 4: 30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. each day. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and children 12 and younger. Call (410) 363-7000.

State Fair fun


The final weekend of the Maryland State Fair will be extra-bright when Lasertainment Productions International presents its full-color graphic laser shows at the Race Track Grandstand at 8: 45 p.m. tomorrow through Monday. And while at the fairgrounds in Timonium, enjoy livestock and horse shows, arts and crafts and home arts exhibits. Livestock and horse shows open at 8 a.m.; the midway opens at 10 a.m. on weekends and noon on weekdays. Admission is $4 for adults and free for children under 12. Call (410) 252-0200, Ext. 226.

Cash in

You'll "Get Rhythm" tomorrow evening when country music legend Johnny Cash steps onto the stage at 8 p.m. at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, President Street and Eastern Avenue. Cash's impressive music history includes membership in the Country Music and the Rock and Roll halls of fame. He first gained national recognition for his best-selling song "I Walk The Line" and continued to produce classic after classic, including .. "Ring of Fire" and "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky." Tickets are $20 for pavilion seats and $10 for the lawn. Call (410) 481-SEAT.

Raven celebration

"Celebrate the Return" of NFL football Saturday evening at the Harborplace Amphitheatre with a symbolic return of a football, fireworks and a tribute concert. After traveling down Charles Street from Mount Royal Avenue via a relay team of Baltimore residents, the ball will be turned over to Baltimore Ravens officials and players. And The Ravyns, Baltimore's own rock legends, will take the stage for a reunion concert and the debut of their first recording in more than a decade, "Rav'n Maniac." Festivities start at 8 p.m. Call (410) 332-4191.

Pub Date: 8/29/96