Colonial-style feast to herald opening of Charles Carroll House benefit

NEIGHBORS

October 24, 1994|By LYN BACKE

Lately the food pages, even the front pages, have been vibrating with reaction to the latest broadside from Michael Jacobson and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Having exposed the dangers of standard Mexican, Chinese, and Italian restaurant food, the Center for Science recently declared seafood restaurants reasonably healthy places to eat, if one avoids fried offerings.

Our forebears in the 17th and 18th centuries did not have the benefit of Mr. Jacobson's research . . . or even of restaurants, generally. They ate what was available from their hunting or husbandry, and were thankful for it (and managed, on boar and venison and pheasant, to live long enough and well enough to sire our more recent forebears, and ultimately, us).

A game feast reminiscent of those colonial days will be the focus of a preview party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Charles Carroll House, heralding the opening of the Arts and Antiques in Annapolis benefit on Friday. The fund-raising show, featuring more than 24 mid-Atlantic dealers, contributes to the continuing restoration of the Carroll House. It will continue through Sunday.

Tickets for the preview party are $40 per person. Admission to the Arts and Antiques show is $6 per person.

For information or reservations, call 269-1737.

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The Hammond Harwood House, another Annapolis treasure, addresses a different aspect of colonial life on Friday, with its annual Pumpkin Walk from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event recalls the harvest festivals of early Annapolis, when there was still a real awareness of the connection between summer's labors and winter's security. Children were feted with bobbing for apples and pumpkin hunts, and the myths and legends of All Hallows Eve were never far away.

A hay wagon ride around old-time Annapolis is part of the fun.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children, and costumes are encouraged. For more information, call 269-1714.

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For those who have made the transition from bobbing for apples staring the full potential horrors of Halloween square in the face, there's the John Carpenter classic, "Halloween," at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in Francis Scott Key Auditorium at St. John's College.

OC The fee is $3, at the door. The subsequent nightmares are free.

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Life. Love. Sex. Fate. (Are we still dealing with Halloween?)

They're all in the medieval Latin verses written by monks and wandering scholars that are the basis of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, which premiered in 1937.

The stirring composition, in Orff's arrangement for two pianos and percussion ensemble, will be performed in honor of his 100th birthday this weekend by the Annapolis Chorale, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Annapolis Youth Chorus.

The Maryland Hall concerts, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, include "Star Splitter," by Maryland composer Elam Sprenkle, based on a work by Robert Frost.

Tickets are $15, and must be reserved in advance.

Call the Chorale office at 263-1906.

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Short of a crashing, flashing inspiration, there's little that's more exciting to a writer than an opportunity, a potential audience.

For a playwright, that opportunity is focused when a contest is announced, such as the current annual Promising Playwrights Contest from Colonial Players of Annapolis.

Open to writers living in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, the contest is accepting entries until Dec. 31.

The winner will be announced by the end of June.

There is a cash award for the winner, and the probability of a Colonial Players production of the play.

For contest guidelines, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to contest coordinator Frank Moorman, 99 Great Lake Drive, Annapolis 21403.

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Anne Arundel Medical Center has inaugurated a program, First Friday, to provide free screenings of height, weight, blood pressure, total cholesterol and glucose testing for diabetes.

In addition, each month will feature screenings that may involve a fee or special preparation.

The Nov. 4 screening will be for causes of urinary incontinence; participants will have an opportunity for questions, as well as evaluation.

For information on other First Fridays, or to schedule an appointment, contact Kay Patterson at 224-5751, voice mail extension 5751.

To get news about your event or organization in this column, call Lyn Backe at 626-0273.

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