Lecture to cover music of blacks

NEIGHBORS

October 17, 1994|By LYN BACKE

Andre Barbera, a tutor at St. John's College, will address "The Musical Property of African Americans," in a lecture Oct. 28 in Francis Scott Key Auditorium at the college.

Mr. Barbera, whose academic interests include symbolic logic as well as musicology, has written articles and books on music and its theory, from the Middle Ages to today's jazz vanguard.

His talk, at 8:15 p.m., is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 626-2539.

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An afternoon and evening of "Dance 'til You Drop" music takes a little planning to attend, so I'm announcing now that Annapolis Day Fest will be held from noon to 11 p.m. Nov. 5.

The music, energy and camaraderie will be focused in St. Anne's Parish House on Duke of Gloucester Street.

The Day Fest is a fund-raiser for the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society and the Crab Contras. The day session, from noon to 6 p.m., costs $10; the evening, $6.

The afternoon sessions will include contra dancing, waltzes and square dancing (with open bands), and swing dancing to taped music.

After a two-hour break for dinner (to explore one's choice of Annapolis' fine establishments), Nancy Mamlin will be calling the evening dance to the Rhythm Grinders. The jam room will be open from noon to 7 p.m. for additional singing and dancing.

For more information on the Annapolis Day Fest and the winter schedule of the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society, call Anne Fallon or John Wells at 268-0231.

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Congratulations to the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, which succeeded in raising the $7,000 needed to pay its annual mortgage on the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, via a $10-per-ticket raffle.

The lucky winner of the $10,000 first prize was Lee Saunders of Bowie, who spends so much time in Shady Side working on his boat that he might as well call that town home.

The society, not known for letting a season slip by without a fund-raising opportunity, has also announced its next one: sale of the first in a collector's series of Christmas ornaments created by artist Kelly Richard.

The ornament is a hand-painted, molded rendition of the Rural Home, one of the early summer boarding houses in Shady Side, later known as the Andrews Hotel. The society plans to commission a different historical building ornament yearly.

The price is $10, and they are available at the Museum Gift Shop Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling the museum at 410-867-4486.

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Many American entrepreneurs are exploring business ventures in Russia these days, but they are hardly trailblazers.

According to an essay by Stephen E. Patrick, executive director for the Hammond-Harwood House Association in Annapolis, Annapolitans were trading with Russians at the time of the American Revolution.

Mr. Patrick's essay was the first-prize winner in the Maritime Essay Contest, sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society and the University of Baltimore. It was based on documents in the Hall of Records of the Maryland State Archives.

Mr. Patrick also recently realized the curator's dream: a direct descendant of the Hammonds who built the classic home on Maryland Avenue dropped in on a genealogy program being conducted at the historic house. She was on her way to Florida and arrived with a bound collection of writings that documents 200 years of formerly unknown family history which she thought "might be of interest."

The book is on exhibit in the basement gallery of the Hammond-Harwood House.

An admission is charged to tour the house, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m Sundays. Information: 269-1714.

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If you are an artist with a portfolio in search of display space, consider contacting the Fine Arts Committee at Quiet Waters Park.

Exhibit space is available in the restaurant and Visitors Center for 1995. Information: 626-1604, or call the park at 222-1777.

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