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December 07, 1992|By LYN DEAN

From my "learned the hard way" files, a seasonal suggestion: When you're buying the batteries before Christmas for all those toys and hair curlers and tape machines and cordless blenders, pick up some fresh ones for your camera, too.

Christmas morning is not the time to realize that your camera would rather sleep in.

(My last roll of film looks as if it was taken through the slats of Venetian blinds.)

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Fifty-one years ago today, the world changed, as the attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.

Today at noon, the Fleet Reserve Association will hold a rTC memorial service at its dock on Compromise Street for those killed at Pearl Harbor, and the countless other men and women claimed by war since then.

Mayor Al Hopkins will be the speaker. Honored guests include 12 Pearl Harbor survivors.

A ceremonial wreath will be taken into the harbor by a city fireboat and laid in the water in the traditional Navy salute to its dead. The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

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Eighteenth-century decorations and entertainment are the focus of a Christmas celebration this weekend at the Hammond-Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave. in Annapolis.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, costumed hostesses will greet guests in every room.

Candles will decorate every window in traditional 18th-century style. Musicians will play after 2 p.m. each day. A wassail bowl awaits visitors. The entry fee is $6 for adults, $3 for students.

A $10 ticket gives additional entry to the William Paca House, also decorated for the holidays in 18th-century style by the Historic Annapolis Foundation. Entertainment at the Paca House during the two-day celebration includes Con Viva Musica, the Singers Madrigale, Annapolis Elementary School Chorus, First Presbyterian Church Bell Ringers and the First Presbyterian Vocal Ensemble.

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The Historic Annapolis Foundation presents "Toys and Topiary -- a Child's Christmas in Annapolis" on Saturday at the James Brice House, 42 East St.

Oversized puppets from Santa's workshop; Priscilla Cummings, author of the "Chadwick the Crab" books; and Valerie Tripp, author of 15 books of historical fiction, will entertain children between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For ticket and scheduling information, call 267-7619.

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What is it that makes wandering around other people's houses, historic or otherwise, such fun?

I'm never quite sure, but I'm as much an addict of the pastime as anyone, so I'll probably take in the sixth annual Governor's Mansion Open House on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Each of the public rooms is decorated in a different style.

The Christmas trees on display were donated by the Maryland Christmas Tree Growers Association and the state Forest and Parks Department.

The Anne Arundel County Retired Teachers Association did much of the decorating, with ornaments made by senior citizens.

The St. Mary's College Chamber Singers will perform during the afternoon, and a six-car wooden train will pull children around Lawyers Mall.

An old sleigh on the mansion grounds was restored by clients of Montebello Rehabilitation Center.

The recently remodeled gardens warrant a stroll, as well.

The open house is free, and the public is welcome, with wassail and cookies for all.

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At a recent gathering I overheard one woman declare to a friend, "I love this time of year. It's when Annapolitans take back their town!"

That's the impetus of Midnight Madness on Thursday, an open but intimate opportunity for townsfolk to meet, greet, shop and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the town, all dressed up for the holidays.

Terry Drake, president of the Annapolis Business Coalition (ABC), sponsor of the event, assures me that the temperatures will be in the low- to-mid 50s for comfort, there will be a full moon and light snow.

I suspect he'll have a better chance following through on other promises, such as entertainment around town by the Irish

quartet Ellis Island, the Maryland Chamber Singers, the Annapolis Chorale and student carolers from the Annapolis Christian School.

The entertainers will rotate among five different venues during the evening: Harbor Square Mall, next to the Christmas tree by the Market House, the corner of Main and Francis streets, the Maryland Inn porch, and the Trident Building on Maryland Avenue.

Shops that normally close in the early evening will be open until midnight, many serving seasonal refreshments, from champagne to cider.

There is free parking from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Hillman Garage and on Main Street, and free shuttle bus service from Navy-Marine Corps Stadium from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

And of course, Santa will be there.

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