Piano extravaganzaJoin the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in...


Piano extravaganza

Join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in celebrating the 300th anniversary of the piano today through Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Performances, led by conductor Daniel Hege, include Mozart's Piano Concerto for Three Pianos, featuring pianists Eduardus Halim (pictured), Brian Ganz and Eric Conway; Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals," narrated by actor Tony Randall; and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Halim as soloist. The concerts start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22-$57. Call 410-783-8000.

Blacksmith Days

Blacksmiths set up forges and demonstrate their skills this weekend during Blacksmith Days at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Also featured are exhibits of tools, metals, coal and fire used in the art of blacksmithing. You'll have a chance to bid on hand-forged items donated by local craftsmen at an auction at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and buy smithing-related items Sunday. Food and guided tours of the museum are offered both days. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission before noon Saturday is $10. After noon and on Sunday, general museum admission applies -- $3 adults, $2 children and seniors, free ages 6 and under. Call 410-876-2667.

Sculpture walk

Examine the sculptures at Mount Vernon Place and learn about the history of the Washington Monument during a sculpture walk of the historic area from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with Cindy Kelly, director of the Historic Houses of the Johns Hopkins University. Participants will meet at the "Seated Lion" in Mount Vernon's west garden. The walk is being conducted in conjunction with Sculpture at Evergreen, an outdoor exhibition of 10 commissioned sculptures that is on view through October on the grounds of Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St. Tickets for the sculpture walk are $10. The sculpture exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Admission is free. Call 410-516-0341.

Farewell, Memorial Stadium

Bid a final farewell to Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. (The structure is scheduled to be demolished by summer 2001.) During the tours, led by staff members of the Babe Ruth Museum, you'll see the Orioles' locker room and visit the upper deck and field. You can also have your photo taken with the Orioles' 1970 World Series trophy and the 1971 Colts' Super Bowl trophy and purchase Memorial Stadium-related items. Admission is $5, free ages 5 and under. Call 410-727-1539, Ext. 3015.

Reservoir Hill garden tour

Peer into private gardens and discover Victorian architectural treasures in historic Reservoir Hill from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday as part of Bloom 2000, the sixth annual "Secret Gardens" tour sponsored by the Bolton Park Neighbors Association and Historic Mount Royal Terrace. There's also an exhibit and sale of "alley art," found objects that have been refurbished and renewed; music; refreshments and more. Tickets, available on tour day at the corner of Park Avenue and Reservoir Street, are $7 for Saturday's self-guided tour and $10 for Sunday's guided tour. Call 410-462-1657, 410-669-2843 or 410-728-1893.

'Wine in the Woods'

Sip Maryland's finest wines from souvenir glasses, tap your toes to live music, browse among arts and crafts booths, have your fortune told and sample gourmet cuisine created by area chefs this weekend during "Wine in the Woods -- A Celebration of Tastes" at Symphony Woods, off Broken Land Parkway in Columbia. And cycling enthusiasts can test their skills in 12-, 25- and 50-mile routes through Howard County Saturday morning, then relax amid the sights and sounds of the wine festival in the afternoon. Hours for the wine festival are noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $15 at the gate, $5 ages 3-21; bike tour registration starts at 7:30 p.m., the fee is $28-$35 on site. Call 410-313-PARK.

Bach Society benefit concert

The Bach Society of Baltimore performs Bach's "Magnificat" and the Ascension Oratorio in a concert to benefit the South Baltimore Homeless Shelter at 3 p.m. Sunday at Christ Lutheran Church Inner Harbor, 701 S. Charles St. Residents of the shelter are participating in the promotion and production of the event. Enjoy cake and refreshments at a tea after the concert. Tickets are $20. Call 410-521-0209.


'Living American flag'

More than 3,600 Maryland school children will show their patriotic colors when they form a "living American flag" during a program from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. The students will re-create an event that first took place in 1914 to mark the 100th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the composing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The celebration also will feature 28 costumed historic characters, patriotic music, a salute from the Pride of Baltimore and a helicopter fly-over. Admission is free. Call 410-563-FLAG.

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