Contest will bring sculpture to park

NEIGHBORS

June 27, 1994|By LYN BACKE

It's no secret that I prefer summer over winter. I love the freedom of these fine long months; the freedom from layers of clothes and gloves and snow shovels. I love little kids dancing with total abandon at an outdoor concert, and the surprise of discovery along new paths and over new hillsides.

There's much that's outdoors to celebrate this week, beginning with notice that there are four days left for artists to submit slides to the juried "Sculpture in the Park" competition co-sponsored by Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and Quiet Waters Park. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, July 1.

The judges are looking for proposals for environmental or site-specific outdoor work, as well as for already-fabricated pieces. Artists may submit up to 10 slides for consideration, with a single entry fee of $5. Sculpture sites in the 336-acre county park include a formal garden, waterfront on the South River, woods, hills, and fields. Winning entries will remain at the park from October 1994 to September 1995.

For information and guidelines, call Mike Purvis at Maryland Hall, 263-5544.

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Another art contest, this sponsored by Annapolis Bank and Trust, invites submissions of pictures of Anne Arundel County for a 1995 calendar. The competition is open to professional artists who are county residents. The focus is the charm of Anne Arundel County in all seasons.

Artwork must be presented in an 8-inch by 10-inch horizontal format. Slides or transparencies will be accepted for work that is larger in scale. All submissions must be delivered between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to the AB&T office at 236 Main St., Annapolis, no later than noon July 25.

For more detailed guidelines, call 268-4285.

Artists whose work is chosen for the 1995 calendar will be notified on August 15. All other work may be picked up on August 20.

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More on the Fourth of July front. Annapolis will indeed (maybe) have fireworks. Meanwhile, the Naval Academy Band is tuning up for the Independence Day parade that will wend its way through downtown Annapolis, beginning at approximately 10 a.m. The National Concert Band of America is preparing for a Boston Pops-style concert at the West River Sailing Club in Galesville, beginning at 8:00 p.m.

The band, under the direction of Fritz Velke, is made up primarily of former members of armed forces performance groups. The Galesville concert is sponsored by South County Cultural Arts, the Galesville Heritage Society, West River Sailing Club, the Galesville Volunteer Fire Department, and South Arundel Lions Club. The concert is free.

Picnicking is encouraged, and food and soft drinks will be available.

More music will be in the air on July 5, with the Naval Academy's Wind Ensemble presenting a free concert at 8 p.m. at City Dock.

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Back in South County, a six-week series of educational programs for children ages 7 to 11 begins at 9 a.m. July 5 at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side. The first program will be on reptiles and amphibians. Other features of the Tuesday morning programs will be a presentation on the ecology and condition of the Chesapeake Bay and a guided trip on the Java Trail at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Each program lasts until approximately 11:30 a.m.

To participate, children must register by July 5. There is an enrollment fee of $4 for each week's program, or $20 for all six. Adults are encouraged to attend the programs as observers and to picnic on the museum grounds after each session.

For additional information, call Program Director Jennifer Musgrove at (410) 867-3149.

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There's a slight age overlap between the Tuesday morning Shady Side program, and the Tuesday-Wednesday evening Junior Ranger programs that have started at Sandy Point State Park. The Sandy Point program is for children 8 to 14, and meets at 6 p.m.

There is a $5 fee to register children in Junior Rangers.

Admission to the park is free for families attending the programs. There also is a plan for children 3 to 7, with a different fee schedule.

For details and more information, call 974-2149.

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The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 4422, are co-sponsoring a program in which letter carriers will alert the Department of Aging if mail accumulates at the home of a senior citizen enrolled in department programs. The department will provide the post office with lists of seniors. When notified that mail is accumulating, the department will call the home, or arrange a visit.

Senior citizens can enroll in the free county program by calling 222-6825.

* And finally, a welcome to the nearly 1,200 young men and women who begin their careers at the United States Naval Academy Friday. We'll see little of them this summer, and a lot during the next four years, as they work to transform themselves from high school seniors (generally) to Navy officers.

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