First Night Annapolis seeks housing for event's performers

NEIGHBORS

November 20, 1995|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF YOU'RE planning to be away from Annapolis at New Year's, but you're of a participatory nature, give First Night Annapolis a call at 268-8553.

The multimedia, multivenue extravaganza needs housing for some of its performers on New Year's Eve. Many hotels and bed and breakfasts have donated rooms for First Night performers, but more are needed.

Making your home available, or even a room or two if you have them to spare, is a wonderful way to be part of the First Night story, and to help it succeed.

Officers elected

The Republican Women of Anne Arundel County has elected its officers for the next year: Frances Brennan of Mayo, president; Betty Ann Pahr of Annapolis, first vice president; Betty Kruse of Heritage Harbor, second vice president; and Laurel Crumrine of Heritage Harbor, third vice president. Dorothy Gwinn of Davidsonville will be recording secretary; Alma Suter of Arnold, corresponding secretary; Eugenia Hammell Hannigan of Annapolis, treasurer; and Ellen Keleher of Annapolis, assistant treasurer.

The club's annual Christmas party will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the home of Joan Beck. Members are requested to bring finger foods or Christmas goodies. Guests and prospective members are welcome. Call Ms. Pahr at 263-5252 for information.

New lights display

There's going to be a new and wonderful Christmas delight in the Annapolis area this year.

Lights on the Bay is a two-mile drive-through of lighted archways, figures and holiday themes at Sandy Point State Park.

The display, sponsored by the Auxiliary of Anne Arundel Medical Center, opens tomorrow and runs through Jan. 7. It will be open nightly from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Much of the display was installed earlier this month by members of the 14th Company of the United States Naval Academy, who put in hundreds of weekend hours trimming trees, bushes, structures and armatures with lights.

Vicki Fretwell, coordinator of Lights on the Bay, said the Mids' participation made the difference in getting the display ready.

The display includes snowmen, skating penguins and bears, peacocks, antique cars, holiday scenes and local themes, including the Academy.

Admission is $12 per car, with proceeds benefiting the Auxiliary of Anne Arundel Medical Center and its healthier babies program. For information, call 260-3161.

Annual tree lighting

The more traditional Christmas activity of Anne Arundel Medical Center -- the Tree of Lights -- has not been replaced by Lights on the Bay.

The 13th annual tree-lighting ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center on Franklin Street.

The nondenominational fund-raising project is sponsored by the Auxiliary of the Anne Arundel Health Care System.

Each light on the mammoth tree represents a tribute to a friend or family member, honoring them in life or in death. A $5 tax deductible donation per name ensures a light on this year's tree, and a $100 donation reserves a "Life Light" that will be re-lighted each year. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 15.

For more information or to request a light, call 267-1249.

Annapolis Chorale concert

Seasonal music is both the bane and boon of the extended Christmas season. Given my druthers and more power than I have, I would outlaw Rudolph, the Chipmunks and anything with a jingle-bell intro or subtext, particularly in stores and markets, where I can't ignore them.

Ideally, I'd replace them with silence. My second choice would be instrumentals at sufficiently low decibels that one was never quite sure the music was there.

THEN, I'd make sure everyone had an opportunity to hear the Annapolis Chorale's annual Celebration of Christmas at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The 150-member chorale, the Youth Chorus and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra will join forces in a festive concert and gala reception that benefits the chorale and the Hammond Harwood House in Annapolis.

J. Ernest Green, music director of the chorale, presents a true festival of carols from different countries and centuries, and readings from Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol" and Henry Van Dyke's "Keeping Christmas."

Tickets for the concert are $25, which includes the reception with food, drink and dancing. For information or tickets, call the chorale office at 263-1906.

Don't forget the kids

In the busy-ness of holiday preparations, sometimes it's hard to remember to take time to include the little ones on a level that they understand and can participate in. Artist-in-residence at Maryland Hall, Andrea Olney-Wall, has planned a Tots Holiday Workshop a week from today for children 2 1/2 to 4.

It will be a real elves workshop, with children and their parents or caregivers creating tree, door and table decorations for the holiday. Call 263-5544.

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