Tribute to Paul Pearson celebrates jazz

NEIGHBORS

September 02, 1994|By LYN BACKE

Because of the holiday production schedule, the South County neighborhood column, which usually appears on Monday, is included in today's edition. The Brooklyn Park and Ferndale/Linthicum neighbor- hood columns, which also usually appear on Monday, will run Tuesday.

The King of France Tavern has been showcasing jazz and other contemporary music in Annapolis for 22 years, and the milestone will be celebrated on Sept. 18, with "A Touch of Class: A Tribute to Paul Pearson" at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The evening starts with a VIP dance and artists' reception at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. Black tie is optional. Music is by the Crabtowne Big Band.

The entertainment moves into the theater at 7 p.m., with guitarist Charlie Byrd as master of ceremonies for a program that includes, in various configurations, Pete Kennedy, Gene Bertoncini, Steve Abshire, John Pizzarelli, Ethel Ennis, John Eaton, Stef Scaggiari, Sue Matthews, Maura Boudreau, the Hard Travelers, the Ballet Theater of Annapolis, and in a recording from London, George Shearing.

Tickets for the festival in the theater are $35; VIP tickets include the festival, the early evening dance and reception, and preferred seating, for $75. Call 268-6890.

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One of the things I particularly appreciate about being back East is how far back our history goes, and how much it's honored. A case in point is Annapolis 300, a birthday party for the city that begins Sept. 16, runs for 10 days, then picks up again and runs into 1995.

The party begins with the arrival at City Dock of Royal Governor Sir Francis Nicholson on the Maryland Dove on Sept. 16 and a ceremonial promenade up Main Street to the capital to re-enact the official transfer of the seat of government from St. Mary's City to Annapolis. A parade is scheduled for Sept. 17, school programs and other events are scheduled during the week. A Colonial Fair takes over City Dock the weekend of Sept. 24.

Ancillary events include a Colonial Story Time with songs, stories, and crafts from America's early days at the Annapolis Library on West Street Sept. 17, repeated at the Eastport/Annapolis Neck Library Sept. 24; the appearance of Capt. Salem Avery and his wife, Lucretia, at the museum bearing the captain's name in Shady Side form 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18, and the Publik Table, the first of four colonial dinners with entertainment at the Maryland Inn on Sept. 21.

For information on the free library programs, call 222-7271; for the Shady Side program, call 867-4486, and for reservations for the Publik Table, call 263-2641.

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A vigorous nationwide program of immunization for children gained control of formerly rampant, often fatal diseases. But in recent years, as many as 40 percent of county 2-year olds are found to lack immunizations they need. County health officials -- are trying to reverse that trend with free immunization clinics.

In Annapolis and South County, the clinics are at Annapolis Middle School on Forest Drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 14, and at Southern Middle School in Lothian from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the same day.

Immunizations also are available by appointment at the county clinic, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis, open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Call 222-7247.

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