Museum of Wildfowl Art is getting a new homeGround was...

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October 21, 1990|By Eric Siegel

Museum of Wildfowl Art is getting a new home

Ground was broken earlier this month for the new Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury.

Plans call for construction of the $3.1 million building -- which will include a museum wing, education center and administrative offices -- to be completed next October, according to public information coordinator Donna Stalder. The museum's initial exhibitions will be open to the public in January 1992, she said, to be followed by a planned second stage of construction that will include a multipurpose room, library and dining area on a 4.2 acre wooded waterfront site.

The museum, named for the legendary Crisfield decoy carvers Steve and Lemuel Ward, has been located since 1974 at a converted dining room at Salisbury State University. But it has long since outgrown its space, with room to display only half of the 2,500 works in its collection.

The museum will operate in its current location through October 1991, after which college officials will turn the space into offices, Ms. Stalder said.

Best unsigned band

The Polkats, a five-piece Baltimore band that plays combination of Mexican ranchero and country music, has been named the grand-prize winner in Musician Magazine's third annual Best Unsigned Band contest. The announcement will be made in the publication's November issue.

The band -- which plays frequently at such venues as the 8x10 Club, Max's on Broadway and the Grog & Tankard -- will receive a home recording studio and have its country waltz, "I Watch From the Window," included on a "Best of the B.U.B.s" CD compilation, to be released by Warner Bros. Records.

The band, which has been together three years, plays an eclectic blend of instrumental music laced with a few Mexican vocal numbers as well as original and classic country tunes.

"We're not a very mainstream group, but we've always had a good response to what we've done because the music is very happy," says guitarist Paul Margolis.

In addition to Mr. Margolis, band members include guitarist Mike Barth, bassist John Keith, drummer Joe Shock and accordion player John Shock.

The Polkats may not remained unsigned for long: Mr. Margolis reports the group has already received expressions of interest from the Atlantic and Rounder labels.

The Walters Art Gallery will premiere a new four-characteplay about preparations for a Renaissance wedding at 2 p.m. today.

Titled "Of Courts and Courtship: Scenes From the Renaissance," the play is the second production commissioned by the museum to highlight its collection. The first, "Echoes From the Middle Ages," premiered at the Walters in October 1987.

Written and directed by New York playwright Gus Kaikkonen, the play will have 19 Sunday performances and six Wednesday afternoon performances between now and the scheduled end of its run in June.

For information, call 547-9000, Ext. 236 or 300.

Concert series

The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions will present the first oa free three-part concert series featuring quartets for piano and strings at 3 p.m. today in Turner Auditorium, East Monument Street at Rutland Avenue.

Today's program will feature violinist Adrian Semo, violist Richard Field, cellist Mihaly Virizlay and pianist Robin Kissinger playing works by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. Other concerts will be held Dec. 2 and Jan. 13.

For information, call 955-3363.

Salute to Simon

The Vagabond Players will present a free salute to playwrighNeil Simon today at 2 p.m. as part of their 75th anniversary season.

The salute, to be directed by Miriam Bazensky, is one of five such tributes to leading American playwrights that the Vagabonds, located at 806 South Broadway in Fells Point, plan to present during the season.

For information, call 764-7759.

Drama workshop

The Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies will hold a three-day workshop for playwrights and actors Friday through next Sunday at the Homewood campus.

The workshop -- which will culminate in a public performance -- will be led by Carol Williams, a playwright and assistant professor in Hopkins' Writing Seminars, and Pietro Piccinini, an actor and director.

The cost of the workshop is $250. For information and registration, call 338-7428.

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