March a month to reflect on women's lives, history ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale


March 01, 1993|By LYN BACKE

One night last week, CBS News had a feature on the temporary angst many women face upon marrying: should we take our husband's last name, keep our maiden name, or split the difference with a hyphenated name?

The arguments whirl around questions of identity, recognition, traditional vs. contemporary attitudes: who was I before, and does being married change me, and does either name define me?

My favorite line in the CBS piece was from a woman who pointed out that the question, considered by many to be one of feminist militancy, is really, "Should I take my husband's name or keep my father's name?"

All of which leads to the fact that March is Women's History Month, and an encouragement to spend some time thinking about the history of the women in your family, in your circle: your own history, if you're a woman, and your mother's and grandmothers' if you're a man.

Married or not, in the bustle of modern life we all tend to lose sight of where we came from and how we got here. It's good to stop, occasionally, and get in touch.

However mundane they may seem on the surface, our lives, and our forebears', are just as much a part of the fabric of history as are the lives of famous folks. Find out about them: ask your grandmother about her youth and about her grandmother. Read those letters that a sentimental hand saved in the attic; talk to your sisters about how they remember events in your childhood. Tell your own stories, into a tape recorder or on paper.

If, like me, you're aware that what you don't know about your family far outweighs what you do know, make sure that your children won't feel the same. The silence of the unasked question, the untold story, is deafening.

Women's History Month is, quite logically, being recognized at the Anne Arundel County Public Library. It's a good place to get started. Have a go at one of the many compilations of women's journal entries that have been published recently, particularly those from the years of western migration. The distaff view gives rich dimension to the facts and fables we were taught in school.


Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Annapolis Chapter of Hadassah are sponsoring a free program "For Women Only: Diet, Nutrition and Exercise." The session is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., March 9 at Anne Arundel Medical Center's Health Education Center, at the hospital's Medical Park campus on Jennifer Road.

The special one-time session will highlight the importance of calcium, how your diet today affects your health tomorrow, the importance of exercise, and what is a healthy diet. Exercise demonstrations and healthy snacks will be available.

For more information, or to preregister for the seminar, call 269-0118 by tomorrow.


St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Edgewater (Solomons Island Road at Gingerville), is holding its annual Art Auction Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

XTC The artworks at auction can be previewed from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is definitely not your "giant sofa-size oil paintings this Saturday only at the Highway Motel nothing over $25" kind of sale. Well-known masters of modern art are presented, and all artwork is matted and custom framed.

Admission is $8 per person or $14 per couple. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be available. For more information, call 269-8489.


Before heading for the art auction, why not fuel yourself at the Lothian Ruritan Club's spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The all-you-can-eat feast includes fresh-baked homemade bread, and costs $6 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds will benefit the Ruritan Club's community projects.

The spaghetti dinner is at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 122 Bayard Road in Lothian.


The "Music in the Great Hall" series at St. John's College continues at 7 p.m. Sunday, when Ensemble Galilei presents "Music of the British Isles."

With a musical blend of the hammered dulcimer, the Celtic harp, recorders, the penny-whistle, the viola da gamba and percussion instruments, Ensemble Galilei draws from the energy and spirit of American musical roots and traditional folk music from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Performer Maggie Sansone is known nationally for her hammered dulcimer solo performances and two Christmas recordings. She is director of music at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

Carolyn Surrick, who plays the viola da gamba, is an Annapolis native and a founding member of the ensemble "Nymphs and Satyrs."

Other members of the group are Jim Brooks, who plays recorders and percussion; Marcia Diehl, recorders and penny-whistle; and Sue Richards, Celtic harp.

Tickets for this fourth of five "Music in the Great Hall" concerts are $10 general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens.

Tickets will be sold only at the door.

For further information, call 626-2539.


A special attraction at the 27th annual Fashion Show Luncheon sponsored by the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County will be a genuine U.S. gold Liberty coin, encircled by 36 diamonds, with a gold rope chain.

The raffle prize was designed and donated by jeweler Ron George, at 205 Main St. in Annapolis.

The appraised value is $2,000.

The raffle tickets are $5, and the limited-seating luncheon at the Bay Ridge Inn on April 21 is $20.

To reserve your place, call 269-8033.

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