Cold just isn't conducive to schedules, good humor

NEIGHBORS

January 24, 1994|By LYN BACKE

I am rarely cheerful about the inconvenience of cold, slush and snow, but last week's weather was so awful it was almost fun. Until Thursday, that is, when I figured I'd be civic minded and take a bus into town instead of my car. It is difficult to keep smiling when you get to the bus stop at 8:00 for the 8:10 (because sometimes it comes early) and it still hasn't come at 8:40. And it's perhaps 10 degrees out. If I'm going to be that cold I'd rather be in Switzerland, where the scenery is more dramatic and the buses run on time.

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While last week's weather may have been great for snuggling, it wasn't particularly good for verifying or expanding information, with many offices closed. So these notes may be shorter than usual.

The Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of J. Ernest Green, will perform music of Grieg, Vivaldi, Handel and Mozart at 8 p.m. Friday at St. Anne's Episcopal Church on Church Circle.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door for $12. The orchestra also has a "buy two, get one free" pricing schedule. For tickets or information, call 263-1906.

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If you want to mine a different musical vein, you could try "Pills to Purge Seasonal Melancholy," an evening of bawdy ballads, gossip and ale at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Charles Carroll House, 107 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis.

Local historian and re-enactor Pam Williams plays Margaret Jan McMordie, while Ginger Hildebrand is the hired servant, and David Hildebrand is George James L'Argeau in entertainment that leads us to believe that our forefathers (and mothers) perhaps were not as dour as their portraits would have us think.

David and Ginger Hildebrand perform the music of colonial Annapolis "all over -- New York, Williamsburg, Texas," said Ginger. "In fact, it's rare that we perform in Annapolis. It's going to be fun."

The performance is the second of four "Pills." Tickets are $14, which includes refreshments. Reservations are encouraged. Call the Charles Carroll House at 269-1737.

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Last week's weather caused many cancellations and reschedulings. One that affected an item here was the Robert Burns Dinner, planned for last Saturday at the Fleet Reserve Club. That celebration was rescheduled for this Saturday, same time (6:30 p.m.), same place. (I wonder if haggis keeps?)

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Here are two recycling tips to remember. First, The Local Office, which provides clerical help for out of town business representatives, will take reasonable amounts of those plastic packing peanuts off your hands. Actually, you have to get them )) off your hands yourself, which is another whole challenge. But they'll accept your bag, or box, of the useful but pesky pellets.

Jay Benigno, of The Local Office, says he takes both kinds, bio-degradable and not.

"When we buy it, we order the bio-degradable," he said. "But there's a lot of the old stuff hanging on out there, so we accept it for re-use."

The Local Office is at 1410 Forest Drive, in the inside corner of Clock Tower Place.

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Three major benefits are on tap in the area in coming days.

First, the American Cancer Society's Bachelor Auction is Thursday evening at the Annapolis Dinner Theatre on U.S. Route 50. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and lots of eligible bachelors will be provided. For tickets, call the American Cancer Society at 721-4304.

The Annapolis Heritage Antiques Show returns to the Medford Armory in Annapolis on Friday to benefit London Town Public House and Gardens in Edgewater. Managed by Baltimore's Armacost Antiques Shows Ltd., the show features 34 dealers from 12 states and is underwritten by Land Rover Corp. of America. General admission is $6.

The London Town Foundation's preview party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday is $30 per person, and Barbara Milo Ohrbach's lecture "The Endless Hunt: Collecting and Decorating with Antiques" at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning is $20. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For tickets and information, call 222-1919.

And finally, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will benefit Feb. 5, when Loew's Annapolis Hotel becomes a Mississippi River Steamboat for an evening of cocktails, dining and dancing, starting at 7 p.m. The Spa Creek Jazz Band will entertain during cocktails, and after dinner dancers will have a choice between 1960s and 1970s disco, or traditional ballroom music by Gone with the Winds.

Tickets for the black-tie evening are $125 per person. Call the symphony office at 269-1132.

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