Festivals will focus on the arts Events: The Waterfront and Spring Fling arts events will offer music, magic, crafts and more.


A week after the Whitbread Round the World Race brought an international flavor to City Dock, the Annapolis Waterfront Arts Festival will bring the work of local artists and artisans to the same space.

At the same time, the Spring Fling Art Festival will bring singers, storytellers, dancers and puppeteers to Lawyers Mall by the State House, and Blues by the Bay will bring internationally known blues acts to Sandy Point State Park.

The Waterfront Arts Festival, a fund-raiser for the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County, brings in $6,000 to $8,000 annually, said Carol Treiber, executive director of the foundation, which supports local arts programs through grants.

"We've got wood-carving exhibits, weaving exhibits and painting exhibits," Treiber said. "This year the crafts are better than they've ever been."

The festival will showcase 130 arts and crafts vendors and dozens of performers from as near as Annapolis and from as far away as Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Among the unusual crafts are handmade herbal soaps, framed fiber art from a New York clothier, bowls made from tree trunks and clocks made from computer parts. There also will be drawings, etchings, prints and oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings.

In addition, there will be comedy and magic acts for children and water rescue demonstrations by Newfoundland retrievers.

Kelly Isaac, an 18-year-old dancer from Annapolis who has been selected for the Broadway show "Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk," will dance at 2 p.m. Sunday with the tap group Footnotes from the Mary Slater dance studio in Annapolis. This will be one of his last local performances before leaving for New York.

A fleet of classic and antique boats, including the former presidential yacht Sequoia, will sail around the harbor at 11 a.m. Saturday. Some will race afterward, and some will be open for tours.

In addition to the storytellers and puppeteers, the Spring Fling Art Festival offers workshops on face painting, kite making and cartooning.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening and his wife, Frances, will open Government House for guests to see the oils, watercolors and porcelain pieces from the Walters Art Gallery and Faberge porcelain eggs from the Russian Embassy that are on display on the first floor.

Blues artists will perform at the two-day Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival on the east beach at Sandy Point.

Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Delbert McClinton and Koko Taylor are among those on the bill. International foods and a few craft vendors round out the festival offerings.

Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and We Care and Friends in Annapolis.

"The ticket money is going to the charities, so even if the weather doesn't cooperate, the money will still find its way to charity," said event producer Don Hooker, who said he wants to make the music festival an annual event.

The Annapolis Waterfront Arts Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Parking is available at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, with shuttle bus service throughout the day.

The Spring Fling will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and Government House will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Gates at the blues festival open at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Performances are from noon to 8: 30 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for one day or both are available at the door and through TicketMaster. Prices range from $25 in advance for one day to $350 for two-day VIP passes.

Parking with shuttle service will be available at the stadium.

Pub Date: 5/07/98

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