Dance club's potluck dinner to feature beginner's workshop



ONE OF the highlights of a trip to Washington State in January was a contra dance on a snowy evening at a rural Grange Hall.

I did not know this was going to be a highlight. In fact, I approached my daughter's plans for the evening with a "What's one night out of my life" stoicism that I'd like to think was not completely transparent.

And lo and behold, we had a ball. The gathering was smaller than usual normal because of the weather, but the people were open, cheerful and welcoming, and patient with us neophytes. , including the one in the wheelchair! The music was great, and the dance steps not completely different from the square-dancing I did as a child.

All of which leads to encouragement to try the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society's potluck dinner and contra dance Saturday evening. It's at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70, 1311 Generals Highway in Crownsville. Supper is at 5: 15 p.m. (bring something to share), followed by a schottische workshop at 7 p.m. and a beginners' contra dance workshop at 7: 30 p.m. Regular dancing is from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Music for the evening will be provided by Pig's Eye Landing. The caller is Peter Six. Clean soft-soled shoes are a must. If you're open to good, clean fun, you'll be tickled. For more information, call 544-9505.

Literary evening

If your idea of good, clean fun involves exercise of your mind, rather than your body, plan to "Book an Evening with Literate Company," an opportunity made possible by the Annapolis chapter of Hadassah onApril 14. The annual book and author evening is being held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium and the Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College in Annapolis from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Four authors will give a brief review of their current works.

Juliet Rothman, of Annapolis and Catholic University, will discuss "Saying Goodbye to Daniel," her poignant, personal narrative of the ethical debates surrounding the withdrawal of life support. Sanford Unger, dean of the School of Communication at American University, will review his latest book, "Fresh Blood: The New American Immigrants." Faye Moskowitz, director of the creative writing program at George Washington University, will explore the complexities of living as a Jewish woman in post-World War II America in "Her Face in the Mirror: Jewish Women on Mothers and Daughters." And Jeff Holland introduces his latest collection of tall tales, verse and satirical essays, "The Blood of the Bold Piccaroon."

Tickets for the authors'discussion, the reception and a tour of the Chinese and Western maps on display in the Mitchell Gallery are $18. For reservations, call Sandy Earle at 974-6223.

The gallery show, "Space and Place: Mapmaking East and West," includes 48 Chinese and Western works that were produced over 400 years. It runs from April 12 to June 16. The exhibit focuses on Western mapmaking in the 16th and 17th centuries and traditional Chinese cartography.

The Mitchell Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and Friday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 626-2556 for more information.

Stuffed toys

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Anne Arundel County sends out a timely reminder. A stuffed toy at Easter is a cuddly, cute gift that needs no feeding or shots. When it no longer is a charming delight, it can be put on a shelf or passed on for the delight of someone new.

A baby bunny, chick, duck or goose may be an immediate delight at Easter, but they are not toys.

The SPCA's animal shelter on Bay Ridge Avenue in Eastport will accept the animals after the fun has worn off, but most of them will have to be euthanized.

Final note

If you want your South County or Annapolis event promoted here, call 626-0273 and I'll get back to you.

Pub Date: 4/01/96

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