Brown-bag Thanksgiving: a gift from the fortunate ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

NEIGHBORS

November 23, 1992|By LYN DEAN

The newspaper brought with it a grocery bag ready to be filled with non-perishable foodstuffs, practical or exotic, for distribution to the hungry at Thanksgiving.

Coincidentally, I had spent the evening before wrestling with the finances of feeding many relatives and friends who will be visiting in the next few weeks for Thanksgiving, Christmas and a wedding.

I was jolted that morning by the realization that while the hospitality will be a financial challenge, it's one we can meet, with some creativity and self-discipline.

I am not faced with the literal challenge of finding food for survival; We will be breaking bread in celebration and sharing.

That grocery bag made me deeply aware of how lucky I am on many levels.

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There are numerous organizations coordinating food for the hungry this season in addition to the Bag of Plenty project.

The Helping Hand (268-9075) and Holiday Sharing (974-8711) are two of them. They will welcome your donations of food or money.

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A bag of groceries is the entry fee for the Annapolis Striders Cold Turkey 20K Run at 10 a.m. on Sunday at South River High School.

In lieu of non-perishable groceries, a cash donation to the Salvation Army will be accepted.

Registration begins at the high school at 8:30 a.m.

Please, no baby joggers or headphones.

For more information, call race director Leo Johnson at 956-4335, or the Annapolis Striders Hotline, 268-1165.

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The Macy's Day Parade on television Thursday is only part of the kickoff of the holiday season.

The real start of the countdown to Christmas for young Annapolitans comes when Santa arrives at City Dock at 1:15 Friday afternoon.

He'll arrive via fireboat bearing candy canes for waiting children and depart on a firetruck for other parts of the city.

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For us slightly older folks, the first Messiah sing-along highlights the season.

The first I'm aware of is next Monday at St. James Church in Lothian.

The fourth annual Charles Dent Messiah Singalong begins at 4 p.m.

You're asked to bring along a Schirmer score if you have one.

The chorus will be directed by Michael Ryan, St. James music director and soloist with the Marine Band.

The Christmas portion of the work will be sung, with organ accompaniment.

A reception follows in the Parish Hall.

For more information, call Val Hymes, 956-4114.

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Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is the site of two special events on Saturday.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Annapolis Jaycees are sponsoring a Holiday Craft Show.

For information, call 224-1770.

At 8 p.m., storyteller extraordinaire David Wilcox unleashes his talent.

Wilcox is that rare soul who can pull in everyone in a disparate audience with his stories, humor and ideas on life and the folks he shares the world with.

Last year's A & M Records album, "Home Again," featured Wilcox's "Eye of the Hurricane," which will be included in Saturday's performance. Both events charge admission.

For tickets to the Wilcox performance, call 263-5019.

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The Severn Town Club's 29th Annual Holly Ball is scheduled for Dec. 5. Proceeds from the $100-a-ticket dinner, dance and silent auction will benefit Hospice of the Chesapeake and the endowment fund of the Hospice of Anne Arundel County.

The general chairwoman is Janet Morgan, and the silent auction chairwoman is Patricia McPhail.

For further information about the dinner dance, call Sue Norris, 647-4909.

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