Heritage group sponsors annual lecture series

NEIGHBORS

January 16, 1995|By LYN BACKE

Having lived in New Hampshire for 15 of my adult years, it is my supposition that the New Englander's reputation for being unfriendly and withdrawn is based on the reality of getting through winter. So much time was spent surviving, before snow plows and furnaces and four-wheel drive, and winter was so long, that there just wasn't much time to work on friendships.

Here in Maryland we don't have the problem in the same degree -- particularly this winter -- so people actually schedule things to occur in the middle of winter.

A case in point, the Winter Luncheon Series sponsored by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, launching its fifth year Wednesday.

Shady Side artist John Douglass will be the featured speaker, sharing his drawings of early local scenes. He and his wife, Jackie Leatherbury Douglass, did extensive historic research, and he's gifted in describing the part each scene played in the history of the village.

On Jan. 25, noted author Mick Blackistone will talk about his writings -- three children's books and two adult books relating to the Chesapeake Bay area. He has won the Maryland Environmental Education Association's Non-Traditional Teacher of the Year award, the EPA's Environmental Education Achievement Award, and a gubernatorial "Admiral of the Chesapeake" citation.

The Winter Luncheon Series is at 11:30 a.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays. Admission is $6, which includes homemade soup, sandwiches and dessert.

Other scheduled speakers include Mary Brown, of the Londontown Foundation Feb, 1; Pam Bush with a slide presentation on the effort to preserve the scenic and historic roads in Anne Arundel County Feb. 8; one-chisel woodcarver Howard L. Rogers, whose eagle with a 6-foot wingspan is on display at Euro Disney in France, Feb. 15; and stained glass artist Bobbie Burnett Feb. 22.

The series is held at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side, which is wheelchair accessible.

For reservations, call 867-2866.

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The U.S. Naval Institute is running two essay contests for people who need to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

The first contest, with a Feb. 15 deadline, is the 21st Annual Vincent Astor Memorial

Leadership Essay Contest for junior officers and officer trainees of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Entries, under 3,500 words, must be original, typewritten and double-spaced.

The second contest, open to all, is part of the 150th anniversary celebration for the Naval Academy. The focus of the contest is on the academy's relation to "Service, Leadership, and Knowledge -- with a vision of the future," with essays relating to human, architectural and philosophical topics. Deadline is March 31.

Essays must not exceed 2,500 words.

There are a number of specific requirements for each contest. For detailed information, contact the U.S. Naval Institute, 118 Maryland Ave., Annapolis 21402-5035, stating the particular contest that interests you, or call 269-6110.

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Anne Arundel Medical Center, in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, is offering a special presentation on medical treatment for back pain Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m., at the hospital's Community Health Education Center on Medical Parkway off Jennifer Road.

The seminar is for individuals with chronic back problems, offering an opportunity to learn about symptoms and prevention. Physicians and physical therapists will discuss different back pain management options, and exercise and psychological coping techniques.

For more information on the "Oh, My Aching Back" seminar, call 224-5777. The presentation is free, but preregistration is appreciated.

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What is your group's special plan in January or February? If it's open to the public, and taking place in Annapolis or South County, let me know.

I'm at 626-0273, and my answering machine is on if I'm not.

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