Rewards of attending school reunion outweigh risks ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

NEIGHBORS

June 21, 1993|By LYN BACKE

The first school reunion I ever attended was my 30th, and I went with great trepidation, having left Michigan not long after high school and having kept in touch with classmates only occasionally. I had a wonderful time, renewing friendships whose depth I hadn't realized at the time, and connecting with people I hadn't before.

Taking my new husband to my 35th this spring was even more fun, because I wasn't scared. (It was extraordinary to hear many of my class' popular leaders say they had never been sure they were liked, in school, and that they had come to the reunion with great misgivings.)

The New Hampshire portion of our vacation last week was planned around my husband's reunion at a school at which he had been both student and teacher; he had many experiences comparable to mine, plus the treat of being thanked by several friends who were there only at his urging.

All of which leads to the announcement of the South River High School class of 1983's plans for its 10-year reunion, along with a request for names and addresses of classmates and help in the reunion planning. The address is: Reunion Committee, 1128 Silverleaf Drive, Arnold 21012. The phone number for getting involved is 956-5642.

The rewards warrant the risk, for South River High School's 10th or for any other school.

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Plans are well under way for the annual Independence Day parade in Annapolis, which wends from St. John's Street to College Avenue, Main Street, Randall Street and around the Naval Academy to Farragut Field.

The city's Office of Public Information and Tourism is looking for organizations to participate.

For more information, call 263-7940.

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If you love a parade and can't wait until the Fourth of July, you're in luck.

Eastport commemorates its 125th birthday Saturday with a noontime parade that kicks off a whole day of celebrations. The parade, which will feature such attractions as a drum and bagpipe band, twin unicyclists and the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales, begins at the Eastport Shopping Center.

From the shopping center, it will move up First Street to Severn Avenue and the Eastport Elementary School, where a Family Fun Day will continue from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The party has sites all over Eastport: There are open houses in historic homes, and seafood will be served by the Watermen's Co-op at the foot of 2nd Street. The Barge House Museum will be open all day with Eastport exhibits; natives and neighbors are invited to bring photographs, artifacts and family stories related to the area.

The dock next to the Barge House Museum will serve as the pickup point for a free boat tour, ending at the Annapolis City Marina for an easy walk back to the elementary school.

The Eastport birthday celebration ends with a parking lot dance at the City Marina from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. features golden oldies for us old folks, and "Stagger Stagger Crawl" holds forth from 9 p.m to 11 p.m.

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Two free outdoor concerts will be taking advantage of our balmy summer nights this week. The first, kicking off the Starlight Summer Concert Series sponsored by Pathways Alcohol & Drug Treatment Program and Anne Arundel County Commission on Culture and the Arts, will feature the reggae music of Black Sheep at Annapolis City Dock at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The second, sponsored by the South County Cultural Arts Commission, features the Navy jazz quartet Topside, headed by versatile Annapolitan Dick Glass. It's at 7 p.m. Saturday at the West River Center, Chalk Point Road near Shady Side.

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The Other Little Theater Company's next production is "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers." Auditions are set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow in Building 89 at the Naval Station in Annapolis. Call 551-6069 for more information.

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A rare opportunity will be available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday when the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater hosts the first annual Tour de SERC. The program, organized by the Young Benefactors of the Smithsonian Institution, offers a chance for cyclists, hikers and walkers to explore some of the 2,700-acre research facility, with scientists on hand to provide tours of lab facilities, trails and field studies in progress.

Registration is $15 for members of the Young Benefactors and $25 for nonmembers. Registration must be completed in advance by calling (202) 357-1352.

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