Dinner parties to benefit Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

NEIGHBORS

May 02, 1994|By LYN BACKE

One of the real treasures of the Annapolis area, accessible in every sense from all areas of the county, is Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Dance, drama, pottery, painting, and printmaking are among the arts being taught by area professionals and artists in residence.

Maryland Hall also is the focal point for concerts, festivals, exhibitions and demonstrations.

The activities at Maryland Hall don't happen in a vacuum. They happen in a building that is fine and spacious and bold and old. It needs TLC and serious modernization and technical refinement.

Many groups and performance organizations hold fund-raising events in Maryland Hall. On May 15, a bunch of them are going to mount an event for the Hall itself, with the particular focus upgrading the auditorium technical lighting system.

"All for the Hall" is a social as well as cultural event.

Some 30 hosts are holding dinner parties at 5 p.m. Some are sold out, or were from the beginning by invitation. However, a number are designed to be gatherings of couples who enjoy and want to support Maryland Hall but don't know a bunch of people to put together in a group.

Theresa Strobel, public relations director for Maryland Hall, says these gatherings make "for very interesting dinner conversations" and give people a chance to get involved in Maryland Hall and meet people with similar interests.

"All for the Hall" will feature performances by the Talent Machine, the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, the Annapolis Chorale, and the Annapolis Symphony Brass Quintet, as well as various Maryland Hall artists-in-residence, faculty and students.

The program starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the performance are $25; dinner and performance are $50.

For information or reservations for both, call 263-5544.

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The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Anne Arundel County is holding an open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday to celebrate "Be Kind to Animals" week.

The animal shelter will be open for adoptions and tours. There will be a parade of SPCA alumni at 1:30 p.m. and a Fun Pet Show at 2 p.m., with ribbons to be awarded for Fluffiest Cat, Waggiest Tail, Largest Dog, Smallest Dog, Longest Cat Whiskers, Best Costume, Celebrity Lookalike and Best Trick.

The SPCA is at 1815 Bay Ridge Ave.

* The organization's third annual "Walk for the Animals" is at Quiet Waters Park on May 15 from 8 a.m. to noon. Choose a mile, 2 1/2 -mile, or 1-mile course, with or without a pet (on a leash).

Advance registration is possible by calling 268-4388 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow or May 9 or 10.

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There are infinite possibilities for presents for Mother's Day on Sunday: flowers, a purse, a hand mixer, perfume.

This year another suggestion: a Mommagram, a gift certificate for a mammogram, from Anne Arundel Medical Center.

It's an unusual but very clear way of saying, "I cherish you, and want you to take care of yourself, as you have cared for me."

The gift recipient will receive instructions on breast self-examination and a screening mammogram.

Within days of the mammogram, results will be sent directly to the physician of the recipient's choice.

For information on how to purchase a mammogram gift certificate for $55, call 224-2644.

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Here's notice with plenty of time to do it: the South County Book Discussion Group will be meeting on May 23 to talk about Robert James Waller's "The Bridges of Madison County."

The discussion group covers materials from classics to best sellers.

YWCA membership is required for regular attendance, but new participants are welcome to attend one session free.

The group meets at the YWCA South County Center on Queen Anne Bridge Road in Davidsonville on the fourth Monday of the month.

Call (410) 956-4340 for information.

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We're shifting from indoor to outdoor activities as summer takes us by surprise. As your organization plans events, let me share them with your audience. Give me a call at 626-0273.

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