Couple to teach western swing dancing


February 28, 1994|By LYN BACKE

Ron and Nancy? George and Barbara? Bill and Hillary?

Gail Kaplan Brickman, publicist for the Kol Ami Congregation, wasn't sure who was in residence at the White House when Jim and Mindy Ratliffe gave line dancing lessons, but the possibilities are delicious, whatever your political persuasion.

The couple will be teaching western swing dancing at Kol Ami on March 12, during an evening that includes games, prizes and refreshments.

Tickets are $18 per person, through Paul Rosoff, 849-3105, or Jim Baroff, 261-7202. Everyone is invited.

Kol Ami is at 1909 Hidden Meadow Lane in Annapolis.


Betty Pahr passes along this update of the activities of the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County.

The general membership meeting will be at 10 a.m. March 9 in the Conte Building on Defense Highway. On the agenda will be the Lincoln Day Dinner, to be held the next night at the Fontainbleu in Glen Burnie, and the 28th annual Fashion Show, scheduled for April 20.

Annapolis jeweler Ron George again has donated a piece of jewelry for the fashion show raffle: a ruby, diamond and sapphire ring.

Raffle tickets are $5 each. Call 721-5812.

Fashion Show luncheon tickets are $20 and can be obtained by calling 269-8033.


When I began writing as neighborhood correspondent for Annapolis and South County and got my first press release from the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, I admit to having a feeling of "how quaint!"

Seventeen months later I know "quaint" has nothing to do with it. I'm blown away by the variety and substance of activities sponsored by the society -- and the timely persistence of Mavis Daly's publicity.

For example, Hildreth Morton's luncheon lecture on herbs, undone by weather Jan. 19 has been rescheduled for 11:30 Wednesday at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum.

Morton established Bittersweet Nurseries in 1961 and is recognized for her knowledge of the herb culture. Her focus Wednesday will be on the conditions necessary for growing herbs and the plants that are particularly successful in this area.

The luncheon ticket includes homemade soup, sandwiches, dessert and beverage.

For reservations, call 867-2866.

And Friday, the society will play host to "Hon" Lawson, the last of a family of 11 generations of watermen in the Crisfield area, for an evening dessert and coffee program.

Lawson is featured in the book The Last Waterman, written by his brother, Glenn. He's a popular speaker, attracting attention with his wit and making a difference with his insight and knowledge of the bay's history and ecological issues.

Admission to the dessert and coffee program is $5.

A5 Reservations can be made by calling 301-261-9384.


There's a popular T-shirt that says: "Before you find the handsome prince, you have to kiss a lot of toads."

There's Mr. Toad of "The Wind in the Willows," whose passion is new and more sophisticated toys. There's dear old Kermit the Frog (who, I find it hard to believe, has actually been around long enough to be "dear old"). And don't forget the froggy who went a'courting, Navy frogmen and lots of other popular images, most of which are less than complimentary.

Is it fair to frogs? And is it fair of me to lump toads and frogs in the same paragraph?

The answers are at hand Sunday in the final program of the Quiet Waters Park Nature Explorers series. Sponsored by the Chesapeake Children's Museum, the 2 p.m. program is geared toward children ages 6 to 10.

The fee is $3 per child (requisite attendant adults are free). Registration must be made in person at the Quiet Waters Park office, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

For more information, call 222-1777.

* Some changes in the Backe household mean a different phone number to call with your news about coming events in Annapolis and South County. Find me now at 626-0273. I'll look forward to hearing from you.

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