Fairs & Festivals
Experience the "Spirit of the Ukraine" this weekend at Baltimore's 26th annual Ukrainian Festival. The event features authentic Ukrainian crafts (including decorated eggs), dance, music, children's activities and, of course, delicious Ukrainian dishes, such as holubsti (stuffed cabbage rolls), kobasa (sausage) and borscht (beet soup). The adults in the crowd can also try medivka (honey liquor) in the Ukrainian beer garden. The festival takes place in Patterson Park, Linwood and Eastern avenues, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 410-687-3465.
Anne Arundel County Fair
The Anne Arundel County Fair kicks off its 50th anniversary celebration with a parade this Saturday. The fair officially begins on Wednesday and runs until Sept. 15, concluding with a country music concert featuring Trace Adkins. On tap: a custom-car show, a petting zoo, midway rides, livestock, an oldies sock hop, fireworks and more. The Anne Arundel County fairgrounds are located on Generals Highway in Crownsville. Admission is $5 for ages 16 and up, $2 for ages 6-15 and free for ages 5 and under. Call 410-923-3400 or visit www.aacountyfair.org.
Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival
If you're looking for a great place to take the kids this weekend, try the 29th annual Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival. More than 200 artists, craftspeople, organizations and food vendors are scheduled to participate. The traditional "Children's Corner" will offer treats for youngsters of every age, including musical reviews, magic acts, face painting, a moon bounce, a carousel and putt-putt golf. Maryland Chevelle Club members are joining the festival this year to present their first "Open Car and Truck Show." The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on Frederick Road in the "Village" center, between Bloomsbury and Melvin avenues. Admission is free; all proceeds will go to the Grant-a-Wish Foundation in Catonsville. Call 410-788-3200.
If you love teddy bears, you'll barely be able to contain yourself at the 19th annual International Teddy Bear Fall Frolic at Timonium Fairgrounds this Saturday. The event, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the beloved stuffed animal, features a bear-making workshop, bear and stuffed-toy appraisals, a "Bear Hunt" contest, bear artists, vendor tables and door prizes. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5, free for children under 12. The fairgrounds are located at York and Timonium roads. Call 410-252-5192.
Kids day at Ladew
Have you ever heard a parent say, "Every day is Children's Day"? Well, at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Children's Day is only one day, and that's this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to visit and enjoy magic shows, storytelling, sing-alongs, face painting, a petting zoo, interactive musical performances and much more -- all among the 22 acres of topiary. Admission ranges from $2 to $12. The gardens are located at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike (Route 146). Call 410-557-9466 or visit www.Ladewgardens.com on the Web.
ANTIETAM IN A BOX
The 140th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam is being commemorated early by the Maryland Historical Society. Opening today at the society is Remembering Antietam: John Philemon Smith's Shadowbox, a 39 3/4 -inch by 34-inch by 5 3/4 -inch display of relics of the Sept. 17, 1862, clash (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg) that became the bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War. Created in 1886 by Smith, a Sharpsburg resident, the box contains uniform buttons, belt buckles, shells, bayonets, minie ball bullets, flags and texts of speeches given at Antietam National Cemetery. The free exhibit, which also includes a portrait of Smith, will remain on display through Jan. 3. The historical society is located at 201 W. Monument St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and till 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Call 410-685-3750 or visit www.mdhs.org on the Web.
Think your life is a circus?
When artist Susan Sykes looks at the men and women who travel with carnivals and small circuses, she sees a group of tough, hard-working folks. It's these people whom she portrays in 10 large oil paintings that will be on exhibit Saturday through Oct. 5 at Sheppard Art Gallery, 8173 Main St. in Ellicott City. The show, called The Midway Comes to Maryland, presents an affectionate, realistic look at what Baltimore resident Sykes calls a "colorful, free-spirited people" and a part of "traditional Americana that we are slowly losing." Admission to the gallery is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 410-461-1616.