Art Jam set today at Savage Mill

The Baltimore Sun

Historic Savage Mill is presenting Art Jam, a weekend festival, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, featuring shows by resident artists (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.); free appraisals of antiques and collectibles (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.); demonstrations of photo restoration (2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.), 10-minute massages (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.); wine-tasting (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.); the art of grilling (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.); live music, snacks and a fashion show (3 p.m. to 4 p.m.); and clowns, face-painters and caricature artists.

Information and for a full schedule:

Tent Troupe to present shows

As part of the 30th anniversary of the Montpelier Summer Concert Series, the South Laurel Recreation Council will sponsor three free performances by the Tent Troupe, a traveling summer tent theater. The Tent Troupe will present The Curious Savage at 7:45 p.m. today and tomorrow, rain or shine, under the big tent; seating is provided.

A children's show, Stories Old and New, featuring classic children's tales, will be offered at 1:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Tickets are not required for the performances, which will be held at 9652 Muirkirk Road in Laurel. Free public and handicapped parking is available at the Muirkirk Road entrance, off Route 197, a mile west of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

The performances are being provided by the South Laurel Recreation Council volunteers and Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring.

Information: 301-776-2805.

The council will launch its 30th anniversary concert series with a free performance of contemporary country music by Jay Henley and the Stone Broke Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the mansion grounds. Take a picnic and a blanket or chair for the two-hour concert on the west lawn.

Tickets and reservations are not required. Everyone who attends will receive a surprise from the South Laurel Recreation Council volunteers.

In the event of heavy rain, the performance will be canceled. Call 301-953-7882 after 5 p.m. on the day of the concert.

Nature minicamps for children

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will offer summer minicamps for children at its North Tract.

*"Nature Detectives," for ages 8 to 10, teaches ways to track refuge animals through meadows, forests and wetlands, and how to identify bird calls, animal tracks and trees. The camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 23, 24 and 25.

*"Refuge Ranger," also for ages 8 to 10, will explore, hands-on, how wildlife survives in a refuge and how to protect the animals. The camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 and 31.

*"Nature's Kingdoms," for ages 11 to 13, will focus on wildlife adaptations, and classifying natures' kingdoms. Participants will explore the refuge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7.

Information: 301-497-5887.

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