Oyster-growing systems help clean the bay -- and you don't have to dust them ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

NEIGHBORS

April 26, 1993|By LYN BACKE

In California last weekend to "weed" my former household before having things shipped to Annapolis, I stayed at the home of a dear friend who collects angels. There are angels everywhere, in bookshelves, armoires and corners, on counters and fabrics. I looked at the angels and thought how rewarding it must be to have an interest as infinitely varied as her angels; but try as I might, I couldn't think of something to collect that I wouldn't have to dust.

The answer comes from the Annapolis Environmental Commission: they have a limited number of oyster-growing systems available. The systems are designed to be hung from a pier or a dock; the small colonies of oysters, in plastic trays, help filter algae from the bay. They are free to Annapolis residents.

For further information, send a letter with your name, address, and telephone number to Oysters, c/o Stuart Lehman, Annapolis Environmental Commission, 160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis 21401.

As for me, I'll just keep looking for a focus that doesn't involve dusting: we don't have a dock.

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John and Jackie Douglass, Chris Senessi, Anne Monro, Roxie Monro, Renny Johnson and David Hartge will showcase their different techniques at an art exhibit opening Friday at the Capt. Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side. The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society is sponsoring the show; the seven artists all have ties to the Shady Side community.

The opening night reception is set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road, and is open to the public.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. The exhibit continues on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. through May.

* The Capt. Salem Avery House also will be busy on Saturday.

It's one of the stops on the 56th annual Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, focusing this week on properties in South County and Annapolis.

The tour includes the Weston family compound north of Harwood; the Carpenter Gothic Christ Church in Owensville; the Gwaltney Garden on Bayfields Road, designed by internationally known landscape architect Wolfgang Oehme; the Capt. Salem Avery House; St. James' Church, a fine example of Georgian architecture completed in 1765; Holly Hill, the oldest part of which was built in 1696; and Portland Manor, part of a 1,000-acre tobacco plantation.

Annapolis stops on the tour include the London Towne Publik House and Gardens in Edgewater, the Hammond-Harwood House, the William Paca House and the Governor's Mansion. The Governor's Mansion will be open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; other stops will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the pilgrimage is $15 for the whole tour, or $5 for each individual stop.

Refreshments will be served at the Hammond-Harwood House and lunch at Christ Church.

Tickets can be purchased at any of the properties, and a booklet containing histories and directions is available at each house. The tour will proceed on Saturday, rain or shine.

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The Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra close out the 1992-'93 season at 8 p.m. Saturday with a work so challenging that performances are rare: Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis." Soloists for the performance are Jane Adler, soprano; Kathryn Barnes-Burroughs, mezzo-soprano; Kent Hall, tenor; and Marc Berman, bass. J. Ernest Green is the conductor at the Maryland Hall concert.

Tickets are by reservation only and may be purchased by telephone at 263-1906, or in person at the Chorale office at Maryland Hall.

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Music, laughter, attempted assassinations, a shipwreck . . . it all happens this weekend in the Great Hall at St. John's College, as the King William Players present Shakespeare's last complete work, "The Tempest."

The Theater-in-the-Round production is directed by sophomore Shana Hack. Prospero is played by sophomore Todd Stregiel and Ariel by Lizabeth Fouse, a senior from Severn.

The production begins at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; a Sunday matinee also is planned.

All performances are free. For information, call 626-2539.

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On Sunday, Heritage Baptist Church, formerly College Avenue Baptist Church, will celebrate its 90th anniversary. Former pastor Dr. Fred T. Moffatt Jr. will be the guest preacher for the 10:30 a.m. service. Located in downtown Annapolis for 69 years, the church moved to its present location, 1740 Forest Drive, in 1972. The Rev. C. Phillip Bush is the pastor.

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