Spring Migration Festival on April 15

       The 6th annual Spring Migration Festival will be held at Herring Run Park (Harford Rd. at Argonne Drive) on Saturday, April 15. Once upon a time, herring swam from the ocean every spring to spawn in the waters of Herring Run. The Herring Run Watershed Association, sponsor of the festival, seeks to restore the stream’s water quality so it can once more host such a spring migration.
       The festival begins at 9 a.m.with a 2-mile fun run sponsored by the Baltimore Road Runners Club. At 10 a.m., the Mountain Club of Maryland will lead a “healthy hike” through the park. Other activities and attractions will include tree plantings, water sampling demonstrations, and other environmental activities, along with games, nature craft activities, a “zoo” of animals brought in by the Baltimore Zoo and the Carrie Murray Nature Center, and an aquarium filled with creatures that live in Herring Run. Forest Rangers, the Oriole Bird, and the Toadnets’ “Toad” will be there, too.
       Entertainment includes classical jazz at 11 a.m., Mississippi blues at noon, funk at 12:45 p.m., reggae at 1:45 p.m., rock ’n roll at 3 p.m., and, at 4 p.m., Mayor O’Malley playing guitar and singing Irish folk rock. An open drum circle will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.
       All activities are free and open to the public. Bring money for food, crafts, raffle tickets, and other items that will be for sale. For a complete schedule, call 254-1744.

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This story was published on April 5, 2000.