Ghosts, goblins and even mere mortals can experience the thrills and chills of Fright Fest '99 at Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Largo, through October. Take a ride on the Midnight Express Haunted Train, through the Hall of Horrors Haunted House, around Brutal Planet or on the Trail of Terror Haunted Hay Wagon. Kids can trick-or-treat in Looney Tunes Spooky Town, jump around the Pumpkin Bounce, hop on the Kids' Not-So-Scary Hayride and hear Halloween stories. Take part in nightly costume contests and see live shows. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October and nightly Oct. 21-31. Hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and noon to 10 p.m. weekends. Fright Fest is included in park admission: $31.99; $15.99 kids 48 inches tall and under; $5 Brutal Planet admission. Call 301-249-1500.
Celebrate the '99 vintage at Boordy Vineyards' "Harvest Days" Sunday. Enjoy grape-stomping, wine tastings, fresh-from-the-press grape juice samplings, gourmet breads and local herbed cheeses, grilled foods and oysters on the half shell, picnicking, vineyard tours, live music, hayrides and more from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 12820 Long Green Pike in Hydes. Event also Oct. 10. $10. Call 410-592-5015.
BSO for kids
Can you tell the difference between a violin and a viola? You will when you watch a Classically Kids Series concert that showcases the talent of the string sections of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Conductor Mark McCoy leads the "Sensational Strings" program with narrator Rheda Becker and BSO soloists Rebecca Nichols, Gregory Mulligan, Noah Chaves, Christian Colberg, Ellen Pendleton, Gita Roche and 10-year-old violinist Alicia Hui, performing familiar classics by Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. Especially for families with children ages 7 to 12. $10. Call 410-783-8000.
Cheer on the hottest hot rods as they roar down the track this weekend at the annual President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek. More than 500 of the International Hot Rod Association's top drivers will assemble for the three-day challenge. Featured races will include Baltimore native Tommy Gray with his Pro Mod Corvette and Johnny Mancuso with his Top Fuel Harley. Visit the manufacturer's midway, see funny cars, jet cars, a 200-mph jet-powered Kenworth truck and fireworks. Gates open at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at the raceway, off Route 234 in Budds Creek. Final elimination at noon Sunday. $60 for a three-day pass; $18 tomorrow; $24 Saturday or Sunday; $5 ages 6-11 Saturday; free for ages 6-11 tomorrow and Sunday; free for ages under 6. Call 301-449-RACE or visit www.mirdrag.com on the Web.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Got tickets? You got lucky, babe. Or so Tom Petty would say. He and the Heartbreakers play Merriweather Post Pavilion Monday evening at 8 p.m., closing out the pavilion's concert season. Petty and the boys will perform songs from their latest CD, "Echo," as well as past tunes such as "Breakdown," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Refugee," "Free Fallin'" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance." Tickets are $45 for pavilion seating and $19.99 for lawn. Call 410-481-6500.
AROUND THE HARBOR
Hungry for some spinach pie? A little baklava maybe? Enjoy traditional Greek food, drink and more at the Grecian Festival this weekend at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2504 Cub Hill Road. Watch more than 10 Greek dance troupes perform, shop for authentic Greek jewelry, crafts and imported gifts, enjoy live entertainment and more. Festival runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Free. Call 410-661-1090.
Aliens land at AVAM
Is anybody out there? The American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, explores the otherworldly possibilities in its latest exhibition, "We Are Not Alone: Angels and Other Aliens," beginning Saturday and running through Sept. 3, 2000. See 260 works by 100 self-taught artists depicting invisible and visible companionship -- including memory drawings by proclaimed UFO abductee Betty Ann Luca and illustrations by Swiss visionary Adoph Wolfli. Preview party with music by Mambo Combo tomorrow at 7 p.m. $15. Concert by Lorraine Whittlesey Sunday at 6: 30 p.m. $25. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. $6; $4 seniors, students, children. Call 410-244-1900.
'Race for the Cure'
Join the race for a cure for breast cancer Sunday at Rash Field. The 1999 Maryland Race for the Cure, the largest race in Maryland, includes a one-mile fun walk, a 5K walk/run for women and a 5K run/walk for all. All races begin and end at Rash Field, with opening ceremonies beginning at 7: 45 a.m. First walk begins at 8: 30 a.m. Post-race awards program at 10 a.m. and survivors' photo at 10: 30 a.m. Also, enjoy holistic foods, live entertainment, kids' activities, more. Honorary chairwomen for this year's event are Frances Hughes Glendening and Patricia Schmoke. Entry fee is $25. Entry forms available online at www.breastcancermaryland.org. Call 410-433-RACE.
Pub Date: 9/30/99