Hospital's 'Lights on the Bay' proves to be Christmas delight

NEIGHBORS

January 02, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE SCENE was Christmas Eve in a restaurant, about two hours before the youngest two offspring were due in at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. We'd finished dinner early because the restaurant wasn't crowded. What to do?

"How about the lights at Sandy Point?" says he.

"Wouldn't the kids [ages 19 and 23] like to see it while they're here?"

"I doubt it."

The scene shifts to Sandy Point State Park at the Bay Bridge about 40 minutes later.

"We should have brought the kids," says he.

Anne Arundel Medical Center's Lights on the Bay, the first of what certainly should become an annual spectacle for area residents and visitors, is truly a delight. The event includes nearly three dozen displays, both animated and still, and a zillion lighted trees that are, themselves, a delight.

I'm sorry to acknowledge that it takes rather a lot to charm me, but I was caught -- hook, line and sinker. And yes, one of my favorites was the animated trout fisherman, casting again and again, just a little too far from a stream.

A reindeer jumps over the road, a light tunnel is spectacular and the huge, bright red three-dimensional bear that appeared in much of the advertising is featured.

Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park runs through Sunday , and it's well worth the $12 per car admission.

The lights are on from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Guides will tell you at the park entrance where to tune your radio for holiday music.

Information: 260-3161.

Republican fashion show

One of the most popular spring events in Annapolis is the annual fashion show held by the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County. It's always an early sellout.

This year the luncheon is April 17 at Bay Ridge Inn with fashions by JH Collectibles and He-Ro (sequined evening clothes, as well as sophisticated day wear). Again this year, jeweler Ron George has designed and donated a 14-karat gold necklace with diamonds to be raffled during the show.

Luncheon tickets and raffle tickets, available with or without the luncheon ticket, are available.

For luncheon tickets, call 799-1477. For raffle tickets, call (301) 261-4543. For a chance to take advantage of the club's voter registration drive, be at Annapolis Mall between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 24 to 27.

The return of Storytime

Storytime returns to Annapolis area libraries this month. The main library on West Street will hold story hours for children ages 3 to 6 at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 9. Storytime for 2-year-olds is 9:30 a.m.

The Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library on Hillsmere Drive will offer bedtime stories at 7 p.m. Monday and Feb. 5. Pajamas and teddy bears are welcome.

A 'strange' recommendation

I have a strange but positive plug for the next show at the Chesapeake Music Hall on Busch's Frontage Road off U.S. 50. If you saw the movie "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," pretend you didn't, or delete it from your memory. Then see the music hall production, running Saturday to March 17.

As I was being told about the production, my face must have betrayed that I saw the movie because I was instantly assured that the movie reinterpreted the original stage show.

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