'A Monumental Occasion'Tonight, watch as the Washington...

'A Monumental Occasion'

Tonight, watch as the Washington Monument lights up the night at Mount Vernon Park. For the 26th year, the historical monument dresses up in lights for the season and brightens the spirit of holiday revelers. Mayor Kurt Schmoke presides over "A Monumental Occasion," which also features music, fireworks and festive atmosphere all along the Mount Vernon Cultural District. The events are in cooperation with the Downtown Partnership's monthly "First Thursdays." Visit or call the institutions along the Cultural District for details on their own holiday celebrations.


"A Monumental Occasion" takes place from 5: 30 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m. tonight in Mount Vernon Park, located at the intersection of Charles Street and Mount Vernon Place. First Thursdays take place all along Charles Street 5: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. All events are free. Call 410-837-4636.

Holiday celebrations


Enjoy an evening of holiday fun Saturday at "Family Night" at Nordstrom in the Towson Town Center. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and the elves. Create multicultural gifts, such as a Kwanzaa candle card and a Star of David for Hanukkah and see holiday dance performances and puppet shows.

Hear songs of the season as the Christmas Quartet joins in welcoming the holidays and performs throughout Nordstrom. Enjoy refreshments and free gifts. Get your own pair of antlers while supplies last. And you may even get your very own temporary holiday tattoo.

"Family Night" events will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday throughout Nordstrom, Towson Town Center, 825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. The Christmas Quartet performs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Call 410-296-2111 for general "Family Night" information or 410-435-6652 for information on the Quartet.

Trains and miniatures

You'll find everything from a miniature Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to Lionel train accessories at Greenberg's Great Train, Dollhouse and Toy Show this weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Browse more than 275 tables of toys, model trains, parts, dollhouses, collectible toys, miniatures and hobby books. Study the amazing detail of the Macy's Parade display, complete with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, marching bands and huge Macy's facade, all hand-crafted by Parkville resident Roy Insley.

The train show takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. $5 admission for adults; $2 ages 6-12 and free for ages under 6. Call 410-795-7447.

Pub Date: 12/01/97