MARYLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVALCelebrate the bounty of the...



Celebrate the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay at the 35th annual Maryland Seafood Festival tomorrow through Sunday at Sandy Point State Park, off U.S. 50 near Annapolis. Sample such delicacies as seafood Alfredo, seafood gumbo, oyster sandwiches, seafood salad, crab cakes, steamed crabs, mussels and more. Landlubbers won't go hungry, either; they can indulge in pit-beef sandwiches, buffalo wings, pizza and hamburgers. The festival also includes "Save the Bay Day" on Sunday, arts and crafts, a crab-soup cook-off, beach activities and plenty of entertainment. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Admission is $7, $2 for ages 7-12. Call 410-268-7682.

Arts and crafts in Catonsville

Instead of cars, arts-and-crafts booths will line Frederick Avenue Sunday for the 28th annual Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival. More than 220 artisans will offer their wares from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the village center. There also will be plenty of food and live music. Children will be entertained by the Kinderman (pictured), Blue Sky Puppet Theatre and Magic Bob. And a little bit of Catonsville history will be auctioned at the festival -- the "Santa House," which has stood in the center of the village since the early 1990s, will go to the highest bidder. Frederick Avenue will be closed to traffic throughout the festival. Admission is free. Call 410-719-9609.

O'Jays, Whispers at the Lyric

Get down with the sweet sounds of soul and R&B; tunes when the O'Jays and the Whispers perform at 7:30 p.m. today at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Sing along to such chart-topping hits as the O'Jays' "Use Ta Be My Girl," "Love Train" and "Back Stabbers" and the Whispers' "I Only Meant to Wet My Feet" and "It's a Love Thing." Tickets are $45.50-$50.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'Glass Making in Maryland'

From windows to perfume bottles, the story of glass manufacturing in Maryland will be told in an exhibition that opens Tuesday at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. "Two Centuries of Glass Making in Maryland: An Introduction" features artifacts, advertisements, photographs, tools, molds, drawings, illustrations, videos and more. Museum hours are 10 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $4.50-$6. Call 410-727-4808.

Jazz at the BMA

Jazz pianist Randy Weston has spent much of his half-century career exploring the African rhythms and instruments that he considers the roots of modern jazz. In fact, he says that all modern music is in debt to African rhythms. Listen to Weston's take on those rhythms Sunday, when he and his African Rhythms Quartet open the Chamber Jazz Society of Baltimore's 11th season at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. The concert starts at 5 p.m. A season subscription for the five-concert series is $100; individual tickets are $10-$25. Call 410-385-5888.

Star-Spangled Banner Weekend

Troops will march from the Flag House to the Inner Harbor, and fireworks will light up the night sky when Fort McHenry and the National Historic Seaport of Baltimore celebrate Star-Spangled Banner Weekend, tomorrow through Sunday. Commemorating the anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry (Sept. 13, 1814) and the writing of our nation's anthem, the event includes the USS Constellation's annual turn-around voyage -- from Pier 1 to Fort McHenry and back -- beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow; the ceremonial procession of War of 1812 re-enactors from the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House to the Inner Harbor at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow; and a re-enactment of the bombardment of Fort McHenry at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by a U.S. Naval Band and Sea Chanters concert. Saturday's festivities culminate in a fireworks display at dusk. The celebration continues Sunday with tours of the Constellation and the Coast Guard cutter Taney. Most activities are free; some require an admission. For full schedule and ticket prices, call 410-962-4290 or 410-396-3453.

Charm City Scavenger Hunt

Got a clue, hon? Participate in Saturday's inaugural Charm City Scavenger Hunt, and you'll be pursuing plenty of clues -- about people, places and monuments in and around Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Armed with a map and a Historic Seaport Taxi pass for transportation, teams of up to five people will begin the challenging adventure at 8:30 a.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. The teams of sleuths will meet at 4 p.m. at Bohager's, 701 S. Eden St., to compare their findings. Registration is $35 per team member. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of children fighting life-threatening illnesses. Call 410-484-1232.

'Fish Out of Water' celebration

Usually, you go the National Aquarium in Baltimore to admire fish in the water, but this Sunday, you can celebrate "Fish Out of Water" -- the all-around-Baltimore outdoor sculpture exhibition. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., aquarium guests can chat with "Fish Out of Water" artists, watch fly-fishing demonstrations and explore Chesapeake Bay fish. Children can create their own Gyotaku (fish printing) images, cavort with costumed fish characters on the aquarium pier and maybe even reel in a prize when they enter a fishing "tournament" card game. All activities are included in general aquarium admission, $9.50-$16. Call 410-576-3800.

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