Summer of the Butterflies local potter plans show at her home

NEIGHBORS

August 05, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Summers have names, like all treasured things. There was the Summer of the Wrens, when I was 17. My mother patiently rescued and released three wrens. A semi-tame wren flying FTC through the dinning room remains my favorite memory of that house.

There was the James Bond Summer, when I read every Bond adventure the Summer's Point Library owned.

I've had an Overworked Summer, when I took two summer courses and worked two jobs.

There was the Summer of the Little Mothers: three of my neighbor's children came to play with my infant daughter every morning. The girls changed her outfits at least once an hour. She's never been so well dressed.

Summers cannot be named until fall because we don't know what we're getting until it's over. But there's always a surprise in the summer box, a toy in the popcorn as it were.

Somewhere in the rounds of working, planning vacations, running errands, volunteering and playing, a summer surprise is waiting for us to notice.

Yesterday evening, the orange coreopsis were back-lighted by the western sun. Three Monarch butterflies jumped among the flowers, their orange and black wings briefly extended for the short hops.

For such a rare and lovely summer dance, (and I dislike the color orange on principal) this is now the Summer of the Butterflies.

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Terry Klaschus may be living the ideal life: She's doing what she loves for a living. About 15 years ago she look some pottery courses.

The Laurel resident's work is displayed in Savage Mill in the Market Place and in Courtyard Gardens, and in the Living in the Light Shop in the Serenity Center in Columbia.

She has an open house featuring her newest works on Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9039 Manorwood Road in Laurel.

Call Ms. Klaschus at (301) 498-0951 for more details.

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Tonight, Shakespeare on Wheels visits Montpelier Mansion with a lusty performance of Hamlet.

Thrill to this tale of treachery, betrayal, madness and revenge among members of a seriously dysfunctional family.

As always, the performance is free, and the setting spectacular. Bring beach chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner for this outdoor performance.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Call Montpelier Mansion at (301)953-1993 for more details and directions.

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Montpelier Mansion displays photographs and information about the Normandy invasion through Aug. 21.

There are about 200 historic photographs from the National Archives and from local people who participated in the invasion.

Call the mansion at (301)953-1993 for hours and fees.

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On Sunday, the U.S. Army Field Band plays a concert on the lawn of Devers Hall at Fort Meade.

The free concert begins promptly at 7 p.m. and lasts for about an hour. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfort as you watch the fireflies dance to the music.

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The best part of living here are the small surprises. Like grace notes in music, they delight me no end.

I've lived here for seven years and only just found out a gardening neighbor will part with his luscious tomatoes, firm cukes and sweet corn for little more than the cost of fertilizer. My salads have been a lot better since I found this out.

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Who would guess that our local hairdresser has a lovely Oriental-style garden in front of her house? The Buddha smiles serenely upon the roadway.

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