Remodeling ideas coming too fast ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale


May 17, 1993|By LYN BACKE

I'm sure that someone, somewhere, is working on a device that will allow us to put our thoughts in writing at the instant they're born, no matter where we are: in the shower, on the road, up to the elbows in weeds and brambles.

But I don't need it in the future, I need it now, as my husband and I are about to close on our first house together, and are working on the remodeling plans. Some of my ideas come with pencil and paper at hand, but the important ones seem to pop up when I'm otherwise involved, and some of them get lost or suffer in detail when I get back to them.

I know that's what contractors are for: to think of all the minutiae and make sure the details don't get lost. But I'm in the camp that doesn't hire a contractor until the house is truly mine, and I want to be able to present as complete a plan as possible. I know I create problems for myself this way, but I have fun with it, and by now I have a good idea of how I like my home to function, and how to get it to do what I want.


The Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation will offer a seminar, "Your Estate: How to Plan It," from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 5 at Anne Arundel Medical Center's Health Education Center on Jennifer Road at Medical Parkway, just east of Annapolis Mall.

"Many people accidentally disinherit the people they care for," said Dr. J. Dan Recer, president of Planned Giving Specialists, the Washington consulting firm that will present the seminar. The goal is to help people learn how to plan their estates in such a way that their heirs and favorite causes are properly cared for.

Participants will learn how to avoid gift and estate taxes; how to make gifts for grandchildren's education; how and when to use deeds, trusts and wills; and how to avoid creditor attachments on a legacy.

The fee is $10. For more information or to register, call 280-6550.


The Capt. Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side was honored this month by the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation Inc. The Orlando Ridout IV award for 1993 was given to the museum in recognition of outstanding restoration efforts by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, the Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning and the contractor, Shercon Commercial Inc.

During the restoration work, the entire exterior of the museum building was upgraded by the removal of asbestos siding to reveal the original clapboard. The 1860 home and its 1927 addition house display cases containing watermen's artifacts and a diorama of Shady Side as it was in 1860.


The Barge House Museum, near the foot of Second Street on Bayshore Drive in Eastport, is open for the summer with a new exhibit, "Eastport: Yesterday and Today."

A highlight is a pair of aerial views of the town, one circa 1930, one taken this spring.

The Barge House Museum is always looking for artifacts that reflect the development and history of Eastport, as well as stories from longtime residents or their descendants.

Volunteers are needed to staff the museum when it is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays (call John Johnston, 268-9496); to collect and arrange exhibitions (Pat Bausell, 268-3454); and to work on the house and grounds committee (Nancy Yuill, 269-1448). To offer historical artifacts or Eastport stories, call Ms. Wallace at 268-1802. The new Barge House Museum exhibit will be on display until early October.


Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts takes a novel approach to fund raising on June 13, when it combines the talents of all its resident companies with the culinary talents of many of its friends. The 7:30 p.m. "All for the Hall" performance will be preceded by a variety of dinners, ranging from informal cookouts to elegant seated repasts, at private homes around Annapolis.

In addition, the donated time and talents of the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Chorale and the youthful Talent Machine will bring in cash for capital improvements necessary for their home facility. Maryland Hall Foundation President Anna E. Greenberg hopes the evening will bring in new audiences that will have long-range effects on the future of the arts in Annapolis.

Tickets for the dinner and performance are $50 each. A limited number of tickets for the performance only are available at $25. For information and reservations, call Jan Hoffberger at Maryland Hall, 263-5544.

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