I think, generally, there is nothing nicer than a cooperative effort that works. Communicating feelings, objectives and goals can be hard, but it is worth while, especially when the outcome works to the benefit of all involved.
These thoughts were triggered by the announcement of a cooperative effort by Reynolds Tavern and the Bowie Brass Quintet to benefit the Annapolis Chorale.
The quintet will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Anne's Church on Church Circle in Annapolis. A pre-program dinner will be served at historic Reynolds Tavern.
The quintet's members have played together since 1987. Their repertoire spans 500 years of European classical music, American jazz, show tunes, and popular music.
They are serious musicians whose performances are marked by a sense of style and fun and an ability to communicate with the audience. They have released two recordings, including "A Bowie Brass Christmas," which made the Washington Post's "most recommended" recording list in December 1993.
Although the Annapolis Chorale is not performing Saturday, the tie-in with the Bowie Brass is a natural. The chorale reflects the same commitment to a wide range of musical traditions and offers a dose of humor to charm the listener. Tickets for the dinner -- salad, entree and a glass of wine -- and concert are $30. Tickets for the concert alone are $15. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Annapolis Chorale at 263-1906, or the Reynolds Tavern at 626-0380. Seating at the tavern is limited.
My husband and I received a big box of grapefruit for Christmas. I had shared perhaps a third of it before I remembered the fresh grapefruit juice my stepfather used to supply to the household. So I grabbed my Frugal Gourmet citrus reamer, and happily went through two grapefruit a morning. The lovely, chunky juice tasted too good to be healthy. Then the bounty ended, and I went back to juice from a carton.
Hope, however, is on the horizon. The Lothian Ruritan Club is selling oranges and pink grapefruit. The deadline for making orders is next Monday. Orders can be picked up Feb. 4 at Lothian Elementary School, intersection of routes 2 and 408.
Four-fifths of a bushel of oranges costs $16, grapefruit $15. Two-fifths of a bushel of oranges costs $9, $8.50 for grapefruit. The proceeds will go toward community projects, scholarships for students at Southern and South River high schools, and a fund to help individuals in financial trouble from illness or disaster.
To order fruit, call Herbert Moreland at 867-1358 or Bernard Lerch at 867-2487. Then grab a napkin and enjoy.
The Chesapeake Children's Museum in the Festival at Riva Road is the new twinkle in the crown of Annapolis-area attractions. On Sunday, Jeff Holland will treat museum visitors to a reading of his popular children's book, "Chessie, the Sea Monster that Ate Annapolis."
The presentation, which includes slides, sing-alongs and information about the Chesapeake Bay, will be a delight to children of all ages. Admission is free with paid admission to the museum, which is $3 for everyone over the age of 1.
The museum is open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mr. Holland will be on stage at 2 p.m. For more information, call 266-0677.
I was talking about exercise recently with a considerably younger and more athletic friend who hasn't had time to indulge in her hobby. She should make time for tomorrow's 7:30 p.m. meeting of the Annapolis Bicycle Club in Room C-1 of the Tawes Office Building. Health and fitness consultant Lee Manasseri will discuss strength training for cyclists, focusing on the muscles used in active cycling, and ways to exercise muscles needed for balance and fluidity.
One of the great things about Valentine's Day is that while we are expected to own up to whatever love we feel, no one tells us how to do it. Personal style is encouraged in the cards that went on sale at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 26, and in our options for a favorite song and favorite story.
Voices of the Golden Age will have something for everyone at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at St. John's College. From heartbreak to heartache to heart-feel-pretty-darn-good, the ensemble offers "a shocking expose of love in the 16th and 17th centuries" in the music of the period. If I remember my English literature classes, the feelings then weren't too different from today, but the directness of expression was.
General admission tickets go on sale at the door a half hour before the performance in the Great Hall. General admission is $15. Area students and seniors can get in for $12. Admission for St. John's tutors and students is free. For more information, call 626-2539.