Ho-ho-ho at academy holiday play ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale


November 30, 1992|By LYN DEAN

A free Christmas treat that is not to be missed is schedule Dec. 11 to 13 at the Recreational Services Building at the Naval Academy. It's "The Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever," an absolutely delightful family comedy. I hesitate to describe theplot because the parts don't begin to describe the whole. Suffice it to say there are lots of children, a few parents trying to keep control, and at the center, the annual school Christmas play. It's a gift for the whole family, at 8 p.m. Dec. 11; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 12; and 2 p.m. Dec. 13.

The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitor'Bureau's annual Holiday House and Yacht Tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The tour includes the Samuel Hutton House on Cornhill Street, the Shiplap House and the Barracks on Pinkney Street, and the Jonas Green House. Yachts open for inspection are the Lady Anna, Anne Arundel, Century, Rock's Choice and the official state yacht, Maryland Independence. Historical interpreters will demonstrate tavern and military life of the Colonial and Revolutionary periods at the Shiplap House, and the Barracks will feature a detachment of sailors and Marines, sponsored by the Yorktown Victory Center.

Tickets, on sale at Loews Annapolis Hotel, the Maryland Inn and the Polo Shop, are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and at the Visitors Center at the Annapolis City Dock. Participants may join the tour at any point; a map is provided with the tickets.

The ceremonial lighting of the Anne Arundel Medical Center'Hospice Tree of Lights takes place at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the center on Franklin and Cathedral streets in Annapolis. The tree is a constant reminder of the important home care the hospice provides to individuals. The organization is always looking for more volunteers, with medical and non-medical skills, to help in its work. There are many hospice activities beyond family work. For information, call the volunteer coordinator's office, 280-6578.

* The medical center also is conducting its annual winter blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the hospital's Chesapeake Room. Donors will receive complimentary mini-physicals and cholesterol screenings. Santa and Sunshine the Clown will be there. For more information, call 267-1619.

Appearances notwithstanding, Santa must be considerablyounger than I. How else could he survive his annual grueling schedule in December? This week alone he'll be at Loews Annapolis Hotel from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday for "Cocktails, Cookies and Carols with Santa and Mrs. Claus." Admission is a toy or gift for an underprivileged child.

Santa will lead a Santa Singalong at the Annapolis Mall's Center Court at 7 p.m. Friday, and he'll be available for pet portraits, courtesy of the Annapolis Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1815 Bay Ridge Road.

Incidentally, if you're thinking of surprising your children with a puppy this Christmas, you might check with the SPCA or a veterinarian first. The needs of the puppy are often not served by the bustle of the day. Consider telling your kids about the puppy, maybe even having a video for them, but not picking up the puppy until later.

Children from Shady Side Elementary School turn their talents tChristmas decorations on Saturday. The annual Children's Christmas Tree Decorating Party is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Capt. Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side.

Santa doesn't even get to rest on Sunday. He'll be part of thfestivities at City Dock when Mayor Al Hopkins and the Annapolis Jaycees play host to the lighting of the Annapolis tree. Caroling and entertainment are part of the fun, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Market Square.

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County invites you topen house at the Corner Shop, 40 State Circle, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. It's a chance to familiarize yourself with the shop and socialize with staff, volunteers and consignors. For more information, call 268-5093.

It's easy at this time of year, as we live faster and faster, trying to fit everything in, to forget to love today. It's great to focus on planning a wonderful Christmas for our families, but not at the expense of their feelings and needs for the rest of the month. Take a couple of minutes for a hug.

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