A smattering of activities, from musical auditions to eating peaches

NEIGHBORS

August 08, 1994|By LYN BACKE

I used to hear my parents' friends bemoan the perception that time speeds up in direct ratio to increased age.

Piffle, I thought, as a child. Time is time. It's constant: a second is a second and a minute is a minute.

Boy, was I wrong! Forty-five years later I can attest that time is indeed relative, and often it's one of those relatives you wish was someone else's.

Surely it was only a week and a half ago that I changed the images of my many wall calendars from June to July. Surely it wasn't more than a month ago that I was contemplating Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans, or writing about June's events as if summer were forever.

Probably part of my fondness for pictorial calendars stems from a subconscious desire to hang onto the concept of a day, or a month, as a tidy defined box.

But on an immediate level, I love the glimpses they give me of other worlds, other ways, and other talents. Years ago, in Tucson, I had a blank windowless wall at the end of my living room, and I filled it with a collage of calendars that sang to me. The dates didn't really matter; many of the calendars were old ones donated by friends. But every month my wall pulsed with new life, new color. And every month I learned a little something new, about somewhere.

All of which leads to today's column, a collage of fragments of life in Annapolis and South County that together form a vibrant picture of a few days in the life of a great place to live.

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The Annapolis Chapter of Parents Without Partners has scheduled its 15th annual Moonlight Cruise and Dance on Aug. 20. The evening includes hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and music by disk jockey Sherri Grant. The Harbor Queen leaves City Dock in Annapolis promptly at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased in advance. Send payment to Parents Without Partners, PO Box 830, Severna Park 21146. For more information, call the PWP line at 987-1751.

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Two of the special delights of living in Annapolis are the concerts of the Annapolis Chorale and the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO).

Both have winter seasons, but there's work going on year-round to attract and develop new talent. Both have auditions scheduled this month.

The Annapolis Chorale auditions will be held at Maryland Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 22, 24, 25, 29, 31, and Sept. 1. To make an audition reservation, or for more information, call the Chorale office at 263-1906.

CYSO is offering two opportunities for young people to rehearse and perform challenging symphonic repertoire under the direction of a professional conductor.

Musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, playing at Level V or above solo, are eligible for the symphony orchestra. Musicians age 9 and up, playing at Level III and above, are eligible for the second season of the String Orchestra, which is expanding this year to include woodwinds.

For applications or further information, call Linda Lessey at 987-1363; Jeannette LaViolette at 956-2195, or Betty McGinnis at 647-7494.

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History is important to any vibrant community. The Eastport Historical Society is looking for World War II memorabilia that relates to Eastport residents and Eastport itself, for an exhibition scheduled to open in September.

For more details, call 268-1802, or 268-2454.

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Part of effective time management, they tell me, is balancing the moment with the future, and the moment in Davidsonville includes the Peach Festival at the Davidsonville United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, at Central Avenue and Davidsonville Road.

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I met an extraordinary dog named Delta last weekend.

Delta sports a tag that says "Don't touch me," and a pair of eyes whose unblinking, in-your-face gaze makes one take the tag seriously. Delta is a trained assistance dog.

Fidos for Freedom, a local nonprofit group that trains assistance dogs like Delta for physically challenged people, will give a demonstration at the Blue Heron Center at Quiet Waters Park at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The program is part of the park's 1994 Environmental Lecture Series. It is recommended for older children and adults. Seating is limited. To register, call the park at 222-1777.

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It's a wonderful kaleidoscope, this community. Help me shed light on its many facets by calling with your group's activities. I'm at 626-0273.

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