Last-minute Mother’s Day ideas

mother’s day sign

At the intersection of Saratoga and Greene streets a trash hauler’s sign.

Photo by: Fern Shen

Don’t forget to make a nice big fuss over your mom this weekend since Sunday is Mother’s Day!

Among your many choices around town:

* The Mother Nature Approach – Take her to the always-lovely Cylburn Arboretum for their Market Day, where you can buy cool perennials, trees, shrubs, herbs and hanging baskets and talk to experts about them. (Sat. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 4915 Greenspring Ave. Admission is free but  tickets are $15.  Actually, there’s a $15-per-person preview sale event today, Friday, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Buy her something nice and she can plant it Sunday.)

* Mom the Cineaste – Take her to the always-cool Maryland Film Festival. where she can see John Waters introduce a film(“Paradise Faith” by Ulrich Seidl), check out the big-buzz documentary on Baltimore’s dirt bike culture (“12 O’Clock Boys”)  and just basically hang out in a dark room for a couple of hours with something interesting to watch and nobody bugging her. (It runs through Sunday at the Charles Theatre on 1711 N. Charles St., MICA’s Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Avenue and The Windup Space, 12 W. North Avenue. Most films are $10, check website for schedule and availability.)

* Mom the Diva – Bet she’s never been to a Mother’s Day Opera. They’ve got one at Germano’s Trattoria Sunday, as part of their Bravo Lyric Opera caberet series. It’s put on by Peabody students. (300 S. High St. 7:30 p.m.)

* A Day for Herstory – There’s an “Homage to Harriet” Tubman art exhibit at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History& Culture. The exhibit features artwork inspired by Tubman, who was born into slavery in Dorchester County, then escaped to become a leader of the Underground Railroad, the network of routes and safe houses used by those fleeing from slavery.

* Let’s Clean that Mother up! – Help Clean up Ferry Bar Park, that little beach at the southern end of Light Street that Mom may never have been to. The folks who go out to that pretty spot on the pPatapsco every year to put on the out-there music and art festival known as  PowWow cleaned up the trash after this year’s event but realized there was much more to do (“it’s still disgusting!”) so they’re returning with trash bags and maybe a Dumpster on Saturday at 1 p.m. to  make a day out of cleaning it up. Check out the Facebook link for the most up-to-date info on what they’ve planned.


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