With two area house tours scheduled, this weekend was made for walking ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

NEIGHBORS

September 07, 1993|By LYN BACKE

For folks who love the opportunity to look on the other side of the curtains by going on house tours, this weekend demands early energy breakfasts, good walking shoes, and a good memory for details. There are two excellent tours, one on Saturday in the West River area, and one on Sunday in the Historic District of Annapolis.

* The West River Federation's second annual House and Garden Tour features 10 locations, including renovated homes, a waterfront garden, an organic farm, a summer cottage and two classic wooden boats.

Admission is $12 for all locations, or $3 for individual sites. Box lunches for $6.50 are available at the Capt. Salem Avery House Museum, which is on the tour.

The West River tour is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, call Peg Burroughs at 867-0366.

* The Annapolis tour -- the fifth annual -- is sponsored by the Annapolis Association of Licensed Bed and Breakfast Owners. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Four of the being shown this year are new. There are 17 member establishments.

Tickets for the tour are $10, and can be purchased from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at the new Visitors Information Center, 26 West St., or the Visitors Information Center at City Dock.

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Rebecca M. Clatanoff Hospital of Anne Arundel Medical Center, and the Historic Annapolis Foundation.

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Sunday also is the birthday party for the SPCA Mary E. Parker Shelter, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave. in Annapolis.

Festivities include a 1 p.m. presentation by "Scales and Tales" titled "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," looking at how what we perceive as bad in the animal world is actually good.

Dogs trained as aides for the disabled will be demonstrated, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions about pet care and behavior.

A birthday party just isn't the same without a cake, and the cake at the SPCA party is free.

Also available for purchase will be hot dogs -- regular and vegetarian -- and pizza and baked goods. The shelter will be open for tours, but no adoptions can be made that day.

The SPCA birthday party is from noon to 4 p.m.

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Also on the pet scene is a series of dog obedience classes sponsored by the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service in Annapolis.

An orientation and registration will be held at 7 p.m. at the Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway.

Dogs should not be brought to tonight's session, the first of six.

Dogs must be at least 5 months old, with proof of rabies vaccination.

For more information, call 267-9119 from 10 a.m. to noon, or the Cooperative Extension Service at 222-6755.

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Lots of our children back in school are getting their first look at U.S. history, the process of colonization and the ultimate creation of our country.

It's a fascinating story to read, and it becomes even more impressive with an awareness of the realities of life in the 1600s and 1700s, without the modern conveniences we take so much for granted.

London Town Publik House offers families a fine opportunity to consider those realities during Living History Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Patuxents, a primitive living re-enactment group, will pitch tents and tepees on the Publik House grounds. The Maryland Loyalist Battalion will drill throughout the day. Demonstrations and exhibits include frontier hunting and trapping, early weaponry, blacksmithing, outdoor survival techniques and campfire cooking.

A view of a slightly more comfortable side of life will be available through tours of the Publik House and woodland gardens.

Admission to Living History Day is $4.50, $3.50 for senior citizens and $2.50 for students 6-18. Members and children under 6 are free. Picnics are welcome.

The London Town Publik House is at the end of Londontown Road in Edgewater. It also is accessible from the South River near Almshouse Creek at Buoy 15.

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LTC It's Sept. 7, so Christmas must be close, right?

Perhaps not for most of us, but it is for the Colonial Players. The group is holding auditions for "A Christmas Carol" on Sunday and Monday. Backstage jobs also are available.

For audition times and requirements, call 263-1234.

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A reminder that this Saturday is the fourth annual Maryland Seafood Festival Crab Soup Cook-off, featuring professional chefs, celebrity judges, and the well-considered opinions of just plain folks like you and me.

The cook-off begins at noon. A ballot and the chance to taste the soups costs $5.

The money raised through the chefs' entry fees and the tasters' tickets benefits the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The cook-off is part of the 27th annual Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park. Nonprofit groups from the area raise funds at the festival by selling seafood and beverages, while a wide variety of sports and activities are on tap for family recreation. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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