It's spring. The deck furniture I bought in May was delivered on Wednesday (long sad story with happy ending), and nobody puts their deck furniture out before spring!
It intrigues me how symbolism and context play off each other: the same table and chairs that seemed an enticing oasis from the summer sunshine look forlorn and very naked in the pale light of March.
They also look minuscule outside my home with the 28-plus-foot ceilings! (The computer did some personal editing last week; actually, the statue in our living room is 28 inches, not 28 feet.)
I had hoped to see it myself before writing about the exhibit at the Shiplap House in Annapolis, but that hasn't worked out.
I'll take it on faith that the show is as fascinating as has been described to me, and recommend it as a fine destination for both natives and newcomers who are out enjoying the sunshine.
Titled "Annapolis, I Remember, 1900-1966," the collection of 65 photographs and numerous oral history notes portrays a town barely recognizable in the rebricked streets and colonial-correct facades we live among today.
It's a story not unique to Annapolis. Many towns on both coasts and across the country have caught themselves in time to stop "progress" from obliterating a historical presence for convenience or from disinterest.
However, it's particularly interesting because it's our town, and because we walk daily where real men and women, whose roles in history have become nearly mythical, plied their ordinary and important business.
"Annapolis, I Remember" was produced by Mame Warren, curator of photographs at the Maryland State Archives.
The collection is funded by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council. It is housed at the headquarters of Historic Annapolis Foundation, 18 Pinkney St.
The Shiplap House is open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
In an interesting display of ecumenism, St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Edgewater will have a Passover Seder and Holy Communion at 6:30 p.m. on March 31.
The service is free and open to the public. A short Lenten play will follow.
The church also will sponsor an Easter egg hunt on its spacious lawns on April 2 at 1 p.m. The afternoon will include crafts, games, and refreshments.
For information on either event, call 266-0952.
The solo recital by pianist Eugene Istomin at St. John's College, originally scheduled in January, will take place on Sunday at 3 p.m.
This is Istomin's golden anniversary season as a performer. He debuted with the Philadelphia and New York Philharmonic orchestras when he was 17.
Istomin has performed with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, George Solti, Zubin Mehta and Pablo Casals. The New York Times described his playing as ". . . full of fantasy . . . a world of fragile yet intense beauty."
The free concert is in FSK auditorium.
Later this spring, the early vocal quartet Anonymous 4 will perform "An English Lady Mass" at the college.
We know what happens to cars nobody wants: They become scrap or rust away in junkyards. Unwanted boats do much the same, but with less rust.
There are two outlets for cars or boats that you might not want, but that are still serviceable and hold potential charm for someone else.
For cars, it's the American Cancer Society, which runs "Cars for a Cure" to accept used cars and trucks as donations.
The society handles all the paperwork, picks up the vehicles, and sells them at auction, with proceeds benefiting the society's research, education and patient services program.
Boats, both sail and power, are owner-recyclable through Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, based in Annapolis.
This local organization takes care of the paperwork of transferring title and selling the boats. Proceeds help support the volunteers who provide sailing opportunities and instruction for people with disabilities in specially adapted boats.
Collecting the vessels is negotiable, but it's a great help to the organization if they can be delivered to Sandy Point State Park.
To offer your car, call the American Cancer Society at 800-787-4337.
To arrange a boat donation to CRAB, call 974-2628.