Annual croquet match offers gracious spectacle

NEIGHBORS

April 18, 1994|By LYN BACKE

The St. Johnnies were out Thursday afternoon, with what looked like a few Mids, practicing for the 12th annual croquet match between St. John's College and the U.S. Naval Academy, scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday on the lawn at Prince George Street and College Ave. The contest has become a unique community event in Annapolis, with the spectators' gallery vying with football tailgate parties for style and gourmet picnics.

The guest list includes President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton; Vice President and Mrs. Al Gore; and Admiral William Stockdale, Ross Perot's running mate and a former member of the St. John's College Board of Visitors and Governors.

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Another opportunity to appreciate the unusual presents itself at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Eastport United Methodist Church. The Reffeits, a high energy, country-sounding Gospel group, is to perform. The group has been a hit at supper clubs, fairs, festivals, auditoriums and churches across the country. Most of their music is original. The group consists of brothers Matt, Mike, Brett, and mom, Loretta, Reffeits.

For more information, call the church at 263-5490.

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It's strawberry time, and I'm going to guess that the strawberries you can order through the Lothian Ruritan taste as good as those in any supermarket. April 27 is the last day to order, and pickup is at the Lothian Elementary School from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 4. You can buy 12 pints for $12.50. To order, call Bernard Leich, 867-2487, or Herbert Moreland, 867-1358.

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Yesterday marked the beginning of National Library Week, with a continuation of activities by various branches of the Anne Arundel County Public Library. National Volunteers week coincides, and it's important to note that 230 library volunteers gave nearly 15,000 hours of service last year. The Anne Arundel County Libraries are encouraging families to book some time together this month, and maybe start a habit that will continue through many lifetimes. The libraries offer a variety of helpful tips, including scheduling a regular time to read, talking about what you read with your children, being dramatic with your readings, and being enthusiastic and having fun. For events during the month, call the main library at 222-1750, the Eastport-Annapolis Neck branch at 222-1770 (TDD 263-1366), Edgewater at 222-1538, and South County at 222-1925.

Laura Wickstrom Woods called me with a problem: she wants to get in touch with 1954 graduates of Annapolis High School for information about the 40th anniversary celebration, but her committee doesn't want to spin its wheels with a lot of outdated addresses. She'd like classmates or friends to call her at (410) 798-0764 to verify their addresses, and check whether they might have updates on other classmates that Laura's records need.

The reunion involves a moonlight cruise on the Tilghman Lady on July 23. If you can't reach Laura, call Jean Sabel Howes at (410) 268-6028.

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If you've walked or driven around downtown Annapolis at all, you've surely noted that there are some houses, and a lot of houses. An exploration of this contrast is available Friday at 7:30 in the Anne Arundel County Council Chambers, 44 Calvert Street. Richard Bushman, professor of history at Columbia University, will present a free slide lecture exploring the irresistible lure of mansion building in the 18th century.

The program is sponsored by the London Town Foundation, and made possible with funds from the Maryland Humanities Council.

Information: 222-1919.

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