At times, it seems that everything is scheduled at once. And other times, the world seems to allow us to take a deep breath before the next round begins. Except for Thanksgiving (hardly a time of deep breathing and relaxation for the cooking and cleaning crews, domestic or professional), the next couple of weeks seem to be of the latter description. With three exceptions, my files for today include information on December events.
The first exception is the Naval Academy Band's "Music of the Masters" concert at 8 p.m. Thursday at Mitscher Hall. The program includes the Haydn Concerto in E Flat for trumpet, John Philip Sousa's "Suite at the King's Court," Berlioz's "Roman Carnival Overture" and Wagner's "March" from "Tannhauser." The concert is free and open to the public.
Stories from around the world will be featured at the Saturday Special Events program at 10:30 a.m. at the Annapolis Area Library on West Street. The free program, for children ages 2 to 6, will include finger plays and songs. Children will have a chance to make their own bookmarks.
Saturday Special Events continue through Dec. 17. Registration is not required. For more information, call the Annapolis Area Library, 222-1750.
South County Cultural Arts launches its 1994-1995 season Saturday with the Singing Capital Chorus, a barbershop group from Washington. Their four-part, a capella harmony will resound in Our Lady of Sorrows Hall in Owensville, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
For subscription information on the South County Cultural Arts season, call 867-0888, or 867-1727.
The trappings of culture may change from country to country and century to century, and what is expected or acceptable from individuals and governments changes, but the basic questions on which those expectations are based change little. They are the questions that St. John's College students consider and answer for themselves in their four years of seminars exploring the great literature of Western civilization.
In 1988, St. John's College established a Great Issues Program as a way to give people in the Annapolis-Baltimore-Washington community a chance to participate in a St. John's-style experience. Guests have included David Gergen, on reshaping America; Elliot Richardson, on ethics and politics; Fred Barnes and Richard Harwood, on ethics and journalism; and Robert Bork, on ethics and law.
On December 3, Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will speak on "World Housekeeping: The Role of Multinational Powers."
Dr. Kirkpatrick will discuss whether the United States should intervene in world trouble spots such as Haiti, Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia and what ethical, military and economic limits should be considered.
Her lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer period; participants then will divide into groups to discuss the issues raised.
The program will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. in Francis Scott Key Auditorium. Cost for the program, which includes lunch, is $25.
For reservations call 626-2507.
Also on Dec. 3 is the Severn Town Club's 31st annual Holly Ball. The deadline is tomorrow for table sponsorships ($1,000) and angel donations ($100) to receive recognition in the program.
The ball will take place at the Annapolis Ramada, beginning at 7 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Dinner and dancing to the music of the Crabtowne Big Band start at 8 p.m.
Tickets at $100 each will remain on sale until Nov. 29. Proceeds benefit the Anne Arundel Medical Center's Rebecca M. Clatanoff Pavilion and Hospice of the Chesapeake. For more information, call Suzy Wishard, chairwoman, at 269-5814, or 267-7590.