Bounty of city 'farmers' brings summer smiles ANNAPOLIS /SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville . Edgewater . Shady Side . Deale


July 12, 1993|By LYN BACKE

I am working on a private little list of delightful sights around Annapolis; it changes with the seasons. This summer's favorites, so far, are a brave long hedge of corn beside a house not far from downtown, and, a half-mile away, a large side yard carpeted fence-to-fence with tomato plants. Both make me smile when I drive by, as they honor the farmer that hangs in there in many of us, no matter how citified we get. I did not get to a garden at the new house in time for tomatoes, so I watch others' chugging toward maturity with mouth-watering envy. Thank heaven for farmers' markets and generous neighbors!


The Annapolis Opera is sponsoring a contest for young county artists that can get them in touch not only with visual arts but with music as well. The challenge is to design a logo and poster for the Annapolis Opera's October production of Sigmund Romberg's "The Student Prince."

Under the direction of Duane Lutsko, resident artist and teacher at Maryland Hall, the project is open to all young county residents, whether or not they are enrolled in Mr. Lutsko's summer classes. The format is 12-foot-by-18-foot, black or color on white or colored background. Entries must be received at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, 21401, by July 20. The winning entry will receive a $100 bond; second prize is a $50 bond.

While the contest is for young people, the whole family can enjoy the project by renting a videotape of "The Student Prince" to capture the flavor of the operetta, and inspire design ideas. The Annapolis Opera's production will be mounted at Annapolis High School Oct. 15 to Oct. 17.

For more information, contact Mr. Lutsko at 626-1838.

Still on a musical theme, the Vienna Vocal Ensemble will perfor in the Great Hall of McDowell Hall at St. John's College Friday at 8:15 p.m. The public is invited without charge.

The 35-member choir was founded in 1975 and has performed extensively throughout Europe. On its U.S. tour the choir will perform in Boston, Washington, Norfolk and Cleveland, as well as Annapolis. Its repertoire includes sacred and secular music, folk songs of Austria and other countries, and American spirituals and popular music.

Are your leg muscles in shape? You have almost five weeks t get ready for the annual National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Bike The Bay '93, scheduled for Aug. 14. This year the race will start at 7:30 a.m. at South River High School in Edgewater, with a 17-mile course for recreational cyclists, a 50-miler for the truly dedicated, and a 30-mile course for those in between. With luck, the weather will be more conducive to going the long distances than last year's downpour.

Registration for Bike the Bay '93 must be completed by Aug. 1. For information and a brochure, call (410) 987-3902.

Nothing replaces attentive supervision when children are playin near the water, but if an accident happens, nothing is better than immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), properly administered. The Anne Arundel County unit of the American Red Cross is offering an Infant and Child CPR class at the Edgewater Center on Pike Ridge Road from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday. A Community First Aid Course, including rescue breathing, choking procedures and emergency assistance for adults, infants and children, will be given from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 27 at the center.

L Pre-registration is required for all courses. Call 760-9600.

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is offering an Introduction to Computers course for kids in Davidsonville. As someone who has come to computers very late, and very reluctantly, I can't imagine anything better than getting started at an age when everything is new and a computer is just one more thing to take in stride.

The classes are being held on Wednesdays through August 18. Class for 3- to 5-year-olds will be held from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., and costs $34. The class for 6- to 8-year-olds will be from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., and costs $40 for the six sessions, all at the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center, on Queen Anne Bridge Road in Davidsonville. For more information, call 956-4340 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Anne Arundel Medical Center celebrates its 90th anniversary an the culmination of its Capital Campaign with "Celebrate the Future Fest" on Saturday. The festivities include the Annapolis Striders Women's 5K Distance Run, followed by the men's "Race After the Women," both starting at West Annapolis Elementary School with warm-up exercises led by AAMC's Health Education Department. For race information and registration, call Pat

Bembe at 263-2274.

Quiet Waters Park is the venue for the highlight of the celebration, a free open-air concert by Glenn Yarbrough and Annapolis' own Hard Travelers. The evening opens at 5 p.m. with family entertainment including clowns, magicians, face-painting and food, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

(If your children want to see a living definition of big, make sure they stand near "Willie," the Clydesdale horse. I met 2,300-pound Willie just before the Eastport parade, and our 85-pound chocolate lab suddenly seemed quite dainty!)

Festival activities benefit AAMC's Capital Campaign for the cardiac catheterization laboratory, Rebecca M. Clatanoff Women's Hospital and downtown medical park renovations. A raffle features a family-of-four weekend in Williamsburg, and proceeds go to the campaign. Donations will be accepted throughout the evening, or can be made ahead by calling 280-6550.

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