Beach fun hits the spot

THE BALTIMORE SUN kicks off its summer guide to bay and beach vacationing tonight with a benefit triple-feature of (mostly) "beach blanket" movies at Bengies Drive-In.

The movie tri-fecta, co-sponsored by radio station Mix 106.5, begins at 8:15 p.m. with "Beach Party," the campy 1963 film that introduced Hollywood's version of beach life to the world, with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon starring as two swinging teens totally into the beach scene.

At 10 p.m., John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John star in "Grease," a musical that posits life during the '50s as one giant car hop (and probably mentions the beach). At 11:45 p.m., it's "Psycho Beach Party," which shows what would happen if "Beach Party" were bred with "Friday the 13th." The 2000 film stars Lauren Ambrose and Thomas Gibson.

Before the films, there will be live music by Garage Sale. And just to help everyone get in the mood, such beach staples as lifeguard stands, photo booths, miniature golf, even a boardwalk complete with saltwater taffy and funnel cakes, will be scattered throughout the grounds.

The gates to Bengies, at 3714 Eastern Blvd. in Middle River, open at 6 p.m. Admission is $10.65 a carload. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.'s Bay & Beach guide can be found at

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