Festival, tours promise a busy week

NEIGHBORS

April 25, 1994|By LYN BACKE

I wish I had some of Gilbert and Sullivan's talent for patter songs. I need the rhythm of A Modern Major General to cover what's happening in Annapolis and South County in just one day this week. Perhaps if I write fast and use tiny type, my editors will cut me slack!

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The third annual Annapolis Waterfront Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The festival will feature more than 100 booths with displays by artists and craftsmen; Andean folk songs, barbershop quartets and other music; antique and classic boats; free rides on the day sailers of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) and Annapolis Sailing School; harbor cruises aboard the 74-foot schooner Woodwind; demonstrations by dogs trained in water rescue and retrieving; and food for every taste from crab cakes to gyros and Philadelphia cheese steaks.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under.

For more information, call 268-8828.

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For those who get their vernal battery charging on land instead of water, two great home tours happen on Saturday. It's the first day of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage and the day of the annual Shady Side Spring House Tour.

The Maryland Pilgrimage properties include public treasures such as the Chase-Lloyd House and Garden, Hammond-Harwood House, William Paca House and Garden, and Charles Carroll House, as well as private homes at 206 King George St. and 4 Shipwright St., and private gardens at 208 King George St., and 76 Shipwright St.

Properties outside the historic district are the planned community of Wardour, homes on Woodlyn Road, Millvale Road, and Norwood Road, and the Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden at the Natural Resources Building on Taylor Avenue.

One-day Pilgrimage tickets are $20 for all properties; any one stop is $5; children are charged the adult fee.

Proceeds from the Pilgrimage in Anne Arundel county will be used to create a master site plan for the restoration and utilization of the terraced gardens behind the Charles Carroll House.

For more information, call the Pilgrimage headquarters at 821-6933 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays.

Seven Shady Side homes and a historic church will be featured on that town's house tour.

The Idlewilde stops are at "Parrish Chance," dating in part to the early 19th century; an early 20th century bride's home owned by Ann and Don Devine, and the newly built home of Deborah and James Pyles.

"Mill Point" in Westelle was built on the site of the Hartge piano factory; and a converted summer cottage, home to Dorrie Copp, overlooks the West River and the bay, near the Captain Salem Avery Museum, which will be headquarters for the tour.

On West River Road, guests may visit the Victorian home of Judy and Dick Barrett, built on land given to the Weems family by Lord Baltimore. Centenary Church also will be open.

The homes, museum, and church are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for the Shady Side tour are $5 for one stop, $12 for all, or $22 if you also buy a raffle ticket. Some lucky ticket buyer will outdo Hillary Rodham Clinton with a 1000 percent return on a $10 investment, when the lucky $10,000 ticket is drawn on Oct. 1. Tickets also can be purchased by mail.

Call 410-867-2660 for more information.

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I always love an "And now for something completely different..." Today it's "A Martial Arts Event '93" at St. John's College at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring Master Riley Hawkins and the Avengers Karate Club.

What began as a tool to keep children, many of them poor and without parents, away from drugs and crime has evolved into a nonprofit program producing some of the finest martial artists in the country. In addition to the physical skills of self-defense, Hawkins' instructors, former students in the 30-year-old program, instill self-discipline, self-respect, respect for others, and patience.

Saturday's presentation features peewee and junior championships as well, and a karate display honoring the mothers of the participants. The free demonstration will be on the college's back campus. Rain date is Sunday.

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The Annapolis Striders is sponsoring the third leg of the 1994 Striders Championship Series on Saturday at Bates Track behind Maryland Hall. Races include a 2-mile run with registration beginning at 7 a.m., and a 400-meter run for Junior Striders, with no entry fee. Call the Striders Hotline at 268-1165.

The group also is starting a beginner's running program at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Bates Junior High Track. Call 760-9188 for details.

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The Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, led by music director J. Ernest Green, will close out its 1993-1994 season Saturday evening with the premiere of a piece by local composer and musician John E. Starr Jr. The composition was commissioned to celebrate the Chorale's 20th anniversary. For more information and tickets, call 263-1906.

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Saturday also is the day of the "Treasures of the Chesapeake" celebration at Sandy Point State Park, and "Christmas in April," the phenomenally successful community project to rehabilitate the homes of people in need.

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If you're not exhausted from trying to fit all this in, take a stab at the Bay Bridge Walk/Run on Sunday followed by the first annual Maryland Waterman's Association Foodfest at the Elks Lodge on Rowe Boulevard. Seafood, pit beef, beverages, entertainment and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 269-6622.

And on Monday, sleep in.

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