February means it's time to look forward to outdoor activities


February 19, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IN OUR HOUSEHOLD, February justifies its existence in one of two ways, depending on which side of the bed you sleep on: It's either for planning gardens or coordinating boat maintenance.

These are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but neither are they mutually reinforcing. February marks the renewed realization that for eight to nine months of the year, weekend mornings rarely start with a stretch and a snuggle and the luxury of a shared day of crossword puzzles and the companionable silence of a couple of good books and a six-CD changer.

One or the other has to get up early for a commitment or an opportunity that the other half doesn't view with quite the right degree of awe, and it takes a surprising amount of attention to remain gracious about granting freedom as well as expecting it.

The wonderful weather of those outdoor months make the effort worthwhile, however and there's always the knowledge that winter will return, with endless weekends of stretch and snuggle.

Boating safety course

The Friends of the B&A Trail, in cooperation with the county Department of Recreation and Parks, is sponsoring the three-part Maryland Basic Boating Safety Course in April.

State law requires those born on or after July 1, 1972, to obtain a Certificate of Boating Safety Education before operating a numbered or documented vessel in state waters.

This course is designed to prepare new boaters for that certificate, providing an overview of the rules and fundamentals of safe boating. It's a great review for anyone planning to get back on the water after a few years' absence, or "professional passengers," who recognize the wisdom of knowing the basics themselves.

The course will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 22, 26 and 29 in the C-1 Conference Room at the Tawes State Office Building on Taylor Avenue. The cost is $10, and registration is necessary.

Apply in person at the B&A Trail Park Office on Earleigh Heights Road, or call 222-6244.

Lecture series

Gardening is intimately related to the history of the London Town House and Gardens, but it is only one of several topics for lectures and workshops this spring.

The programs are designed to introduce volunteers to the rich history and speculative research into the archaeological, architectural, archival and horticultural discoveries at the National Historic Landmark in Edgewater.

The series focuses on the period in which the building was a center for commercial and social activity, how and why that period ended, and how the contemporary woodland gardens were developed. Volunteers will have the opportunity to provide visitor tours and guide school programs.

Training sessions begin at 10 a.m. each day: Feb. 22, "A dTC Tobacco Colony and Archaeology"; Feb. 29, "Everyday Life: Early to Mid-18th Century"; March 7, "William Brown: His Town and House"; March 17, "Revolutionary Maryland"; March 21, "History and Plant Collections of the Garden"; and March 28, "Garden and House Tour Rehearsals".

The series is free to members of the London Town Foundation or $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Call 222-1919.

History of medicine

Between "ER," "Chicago Hope" and the Learning Channel, we have an opportunity today to be mightily impressed by what medicine can do.

It's astounding to realize how little progress was made before the 20th century, compared to the leaps and bounds of discovery and technology in our lifetimes.

This difference will have a forum tomorrow at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side, when Burton Kummerow, executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, talks of "Mercy Amidst the Mischief and Misery." His lecture and slide show focus on the work of Clara Barton during the Civil War.

Mr. Kummerow's lecture is the fifth in the museum's Winter Luncheon Series.

Admission is $6, which includes a lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches and dessert. The program starts at 11:30 a.m.; reservations are suggested.

Information: 867-2866.

Kids' pottery class

A major part of learning, for small children, is how things feel and how different substances can be manipulated, leading of course to how dirty a child can get.

Local youngsters ages 6 to 10 can experience this in a beginning-level pottery class Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, beginning March 5. Another session, meeting Thursdays at the same time, will begin May 2.

Potter Melissa Moss also teaches Children's Clay II, with more challenging projects, for youngsters 6 to 11 on Thursdays beginning March 7, and Tuesdays beginning April 30.

For information on registration, fees and other MHCA opportunities for children, teens and adults, call 263-5544.

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