Inside out

New York artist Laura Ferguson puts a twist on self-portraits with her new exhibit, Laura Ferguson: The Visible Skeleton Series, at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington. The exhibit, which opens Saturday with a reception from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., is based on her own skeleton. Ferguson, who has scoliosis, uses medical images of her spine to develop multilayered paintings that provide viewers with an artistic perspective of spinal deformity.


"Laura Ferguson: The Visible Skeleton Series" runs Saturday through April 2005 at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, 6900 Georgia Ave. and Elder Street Northwest, Washington. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission and parking are free. Call 202-782-2200 or visit www.nmhm.washington

Bay country


Lovers of classic and country-rock are invited to the 23rd annual Bay Music Festival Saturday at the Queen Anne's County 4-H Park in Centreville. The daylong festival will feature Johnny and the Headhunters, the Maynard Brothers and Tranzfusion. Festivities kick off at 2 p.m., and guests can check out the Museum of Eastern Shore Life, which will be open on the event grounds.

The Bay Music Festival will be held Saturday, rain or shine, at the Queen Anne's County 4-H Park, Route 18 and Dublin Clark Road, Centreville. Gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $22 at the gate. Under 12 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at Call 410-604-2100.

Castles on the shore

Medieval knights and castles will grace Maryland's shoreline this weekend as beachgoers compete in the third annual Ocean City Sandcastle Contest. The event, which is open to amateur teams and solo competitors, will take in the sand in front of the Carousel Resort Hotel and Condominiums on 118th Street on Saturday morning.

Local sand artists will display their work and provide assistance to novice builders. Also, knights from Medieval Times restaurant at Arundel Mills will compete in hand-to-hand combat on the beach.

The Ocean City Sandcastle Contest will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in front of the Carousel Resort Hotel and Condominiums, 118th Street. Judging begins at 2:30 p.m. Entry fee is $10; $5 students; free for children under 12. A team minimum of $25 is required. Visit or call 866-653-5463 for more information.