Junior League cookbook coming to stores soon

NEIGHBORS

March 20, 1995|By LYN BACKE

If I have a passion besides my husband and watching spring happen, it's food: eating it, working with it, reading about it, playing with it.

I'll get to indulge all those fancies with the new cookbook, "Of Tide & Thyme," classic and contemporary recipes celebrating Annapolis. The cookbook, coming to stores in April, is a several-year project of the Junior League of Annapolis.

"Of Tide & Thyme" offers recipes from Junior League members, all triple tested before being included in the book. It also capitalizes on the lifestyle of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay in general, with local racers and cruisers offering tips for fTC foolproof provisioning, and the ultimate directive: The Art of the Crab Feast. Navy football tailgate recipes are included, as well as guidelines for dinners at anchor in a quiet cove.

The spiral-bound book features art from two Annapolitans: designs by Marti Betz on the divider pages, highlighting the history and memories that have attracted visitors to Annapolis for more than 300 years, and Jennifer Heyd Wharton's waterfront still life on the cover. Wharton has also made a limited number of prints available, signed and numbered, at $50 each.

The cookbooks, at $18.95, will be available in bookstores and directly through the Junior League of Annapolis (add $3 for shipping and handling). Call 573-9235.

Proceeds from the sale of the books and prints support the community activities of the Junior League, which promotes voluntarism and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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One of the committee positions that organizations often find hardest to fill is program chairman, the person charged with finding a fascinating speaker or other entertainment month after month, or even week after week.

Help abounds, if you know where to look.

* Londontowne Publik House & Gardens in Edgewater offers a variety of slide presentations, the most extensive of which outlines the known history of the elegant Georgian mansion, its varied roles during its 235-year history, and contemporary research and activities.

The spectacular gardens are part of the show. Slide shows focusing solely on the gardens, 18th-century infancy and childhood, and needlework, also are available.

Call Christine Coffin at 222-1919.

* Pathways, an alcohol and drug treatment program affiliated with Anne Arundel Medical Center, offers a speakers bureau focused on alcohol and chemical dependencies. All speakers are experienced professionals who can address a variety of different concerns.

To schedule a speaker or for more detailed information, call Pathways at 573-5400.

* Do you want to know "How to Achieve in Education and Still Have Fun." How about, "Budget Deficits, National Debt and the Stability of the Economy." Or, "Jilted by Jesus: Religious Faith Lost and Found in Modern American Literature."

These and many more programs are offered by the Naval Academy's Speaker's Bureau, operated through the Public Affairs Office. Topics reach far outside the brick and stone walls of the Academy or focus inside.

For more information and speaker's bureau guidelines, call 293-2293.

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The Irish music trio Connemara will be performing at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The group, named for a region in western Ireland, consists of lead singer and guitarist Grace Griffith, classical violinist Cathy Palmer and Jodie Marshall on the hammer dulcimer. The group has released a CD that was described by the Washington Post as an "alluring collection of songs, airs, jigs and waltzes that possesses a timeless charm and poignant beauty."

Dessert and coffee will be served after the performance. Admission is $8. For reservations, call (301) 261-9974.

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