Winter is a great time to view Annapolis in a different light


January 09, 1995|By LYN BACKE

Although I detest being cold, I have often preferred driving long distances in winter, because you can see "the bones of the land" -- the actual shape of hills and valleys and surprise vistas -- in the crystal clarity of the cold air.

I'm getting the same feelings as I travel around Annapolis in this my third winter here.

Before I went to Athens 10 years ago, my well-traveled sister advised me to walk and walk and look.

"You'll find the Parthenon everywhere," she said, with accuracy.

Annapolis offers the same kind of enchantment, without quite the antiquity. There's much to see that's different on different days and in different lights, and with the leaves off the trees, you truly can see the State House everywhere, in a surprising glimpse or a bold proud presence.

In this quiet time of year, without the crowds and pressures, I invite you to spend a sunny afternoon rediscovering our town.


One way to see Annapolis anew, if you're not Navy, is from the Naval Academy vantage point.

A look at the town, and its relationship to the academy, will be presented in a 45-minute, made-for-cable-TV documentary at Alumni Hall Friday at 7 p.m.

The premier screening of the film, which traces the 150-year history of the military college, kicks off the academy's 150th birthday celebration and is another part of the Annapolis 300 celebration.

The documentary later will be shown on the Arts and Entertainment cable channel.

While tickets are limited, they are also free, as is the Naval Academy Band Concert at 8 p.m. Friday in Mitscher Hall.

A second academy musical evening, the Chamber Music Recital that had been scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, will be rescheduled to honor Black History Month, next month.

For tickets to the Friday film, call 268-6060, or the Academy ticket office at 1-800-US4-NAVY.


More music is on tap Jan. 22, at the fourth annual South County Gospel Fest at Franklin United Methodist Church in Churchton. Participating in the event will be Spiritual Vibrations, Rejuvenation, the Cloverettes Trio, the Rev. and Mrs. K. M. Tephabock, and the Ebenezer Male Chorus.

The program, produced by Yvonne Matthews and sponsored by South County Cultural Arts, is at 4 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Dessert and beverages will be served after the performance.

For additional information, or tickets, call 867-1727, or 867-0888.


Being in my third winter in Annapolis, I also have my third opportunity to write about the Annapolis Heritage Antiques Show, hailed as one of the best in the region, with antiques that appeal to both serious and casual collectors.

I went last year, and was vastly impressed with the variety and quality of the offerings, and the range of prices.

Sponsored by the London Town Foundation, the show features 34 dealers from 10 states. Proceeds benefit programs at the London Town Publik House and Gardens in Edgewater.

The show will run Jan. 27-29. It will open at noon each day and run until 9 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m Sunday. Admission to the show, at Medford National Guard Armory on Hudson Street, is $6.

A champagne reception and preview will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 26, and a breakfast slide lecture on London silver for the Maryland gentry is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 28. The preview party is $30 per person, the breakfast is $20. The preview is on the site of the Annapolis Heritage Antiques Show. The breakfast is at the Conte Building on Defense Highway.

Information: 222-1919.


The Annapolis Opera is planning its seventh annual vocal competition Feb. 4.

Auditions for the eight positions as finalists and two alternates are being held by appointment only at St. John's College Jan. 28 and 29.

Competitors must be between the ages of 20 and 32, be a resident of Maryland or be studying in Maryland or the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area. For an audition appointment, tickets for the competition, or general information, call 267-8135 or 263-2710.


The Annapolis Youth Lacrosse Association will hold open registration for the spring season at the Annapolis Middle School cafeteria on Forest Drive from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 and 29. Boys ages 7 to 15 and girls ages 8 to 15 are encouraged to participate.

Mail registration forms are available at the Annapolis public libraries, Team Distributors, LAX World, and Play-it-Again Sporting Goods. Practices and games will be held at the Annapolis Middle School, most likely beginning in March. Volunteer coaches are needed.

Information: Norm Idelson at 267-6155, or Jim McConnaughhay at 267-8227.

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