Craftspeople possess an enviable talent

NEIGHBORS

December 13, 1993|By LYN BACKE

In my (relative) maturity I find there are very few people whom I envy. I know there are those who are richer and brighter and funnier, but I also know that I have rewards and joys and some talents that are far beyond my deserts.

I do, however, flat-out envy craftspeople, those who go the step beyond, who imagine beautiful possibilities and make them happen -- even when the result is transitory.

Here's to the wreath-makers and fashioners of exquisite pocket gardens by the street and those whose tables are the envy of Gourmet's designers.

This is a real thank you, on behalf of all of us who can't, to those who see the possibilities, take the time, and share the results. I love what you do. I envy your eye and your fingers. You give me and mine rich pleasure.

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I also get wistful over people who can sing, and there's a lot to be happily wistful about these days. The Annapolis Chamber Chorus and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra offer a complete performance of Handel's "The Messiah" at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and Part I, the Christmas section, of "The Messiah," along with an afternoon of Christmas carols, at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Anne's Church in Annapolis. Tickets for the Maryland Hall concert are $15; for the St. Anne's concert, $12.

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There's more music at 3 p.m. Sunday, just up the street from St. Anne's Church at Key Auditorium on St. John's College. There will be a carol sing-along with local favorites Hard Travelers leading a celebration that includes a holiday cookie exchange, and Santa Claus. For ticket information, call 626-1840.

The seasonal spirit is the same on Sunday evening at St. John's, but the tone and locale will be decidedly different, exchanging the enthusiasm of a sing-along for the delicacy of the bowed Psaltery, hammered dulcimer, the Celtic harp, and other medieval instruments. The occasion is the annual holiday concert by Ensemble Galilei at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall.

Joining the regular members of the group will be Celtic harp teacher and performer Sue Richards, and Bonnie Rideout, three times U.S. National Scottish Fiddle champion. The concert will present medieval, Celtic, English and American Christmas carols from the group's new recording "Ancient Noels."

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens, sold only at the door, which opens at 6:30 p.m.

Carolyn Surrick, one of the founders of the Ensemble Galilei, and its viola da gamba artist, also has a movie to her credit: watch for her in the much trumpeted "The Pelican Brief," opening this month. She assembled a baroque performing quartet for central casting which is visible and audible in a scene with John Lithgow and Denzel Washington.

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The Anne Arundel County Public Library has been celebrating the holiday season with story-telling events for children and families. South County's branch has its event at 7 p.m. Thursday. Families can enjoy the animated film "A Cricket in Times Square," seasonal stories, and a visit from Santa Claus, who will arrive by fire truck so as not to tire his reindeer before Christmas Eve. Transportation and some holiday surprises are provided by Schwartz Realty and the Deale Volunteer Fire Department.

The South County branch is at 5940 Deale-Churchton Road in Deale. No registration is required for the evening, but you're asked to bring a donation of nonperishable food for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank.

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The Eastport Historical Society has successfully established a holiday tradition with the second annual display of the Richwood Doll House, on view at the Barge House Museum, 133 Bay Shore Ave., through the end of March.

The doll house was built in Eastport in the 1950s by the Richwood Toy Company, located at the foot of 3rd Street; the company was owned by Ida Wood, mother of Jerry Wood, moving force behind the Annapolis Boat Show.

According to Peg Wallace, spokeswoman for the Eastport organization, Jerry has been most generous with his memories, artifacts, and support for this project and the overall goals of the Barge House Museum.

The doll house, built as a model for the dolls and furniture that the toy company produced, is no tabletop fancy. It is approximately 3 feet by 7 feet, and contains 6-inch family dolls and 1950s furnishings and clothes.

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There are four more "Pub Crawls" scheduled in Annapolis for those who want a unique outlook on the city and the season. The evenings begin at 7 p.m. at the Governor Calvert House with refreshments and music, followed by a lantern-lit perambulation of Annapolis streets.

There's a stop at the James Brice house for a mug of chowder, and a Christmas feast at the Middleton Tavern or Griffin's. Dessert of cranberry Christmas pudding and Irish coffee is served at the Maryland Inn, with entertainment by balladeers David and Ginger Hildebrand.

Tickets are $62 a person, and reservations are required. The Pub Crawls are scheduled tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. Call 263-5401 for reservations.

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