Patience is a virtue rewarded with spring weather at last


April 22, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A QUICK WORD of congratulations to the faithful few whose patience outlasted the curve that nature threw at us this year, those true believers who knew that spring would indeed come.

Spring can no longer be put back in its bottle, and we're all renewed, along with the cherry trees and the earthworms and the strange weed that purples my yard.

Volunteers honored

Congratulations, too, to Gundel Bowen of Annapolis, who was honored Wednesday with the Junior League of Annapolis' Excellence in Voluntarism Merit Award.

Ms. Bowen, a founding board member of Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center on Riva Road in Annapolis, was nominated by colleague Carolyn Sullivan for her "many hundreds of hours volunteering at the Center in all capacities possible."

Ms. Bowen, a certified Parent Effectiveness Training instructor, volunteered for many years with the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County and was president of Germantown Elementary School PTA for two years in the early 1970s. She was also involved with the Lighthouse Shelter when it was at the Carroll House and, with her husband, Bob, she coordinated the Christmas International House for five years.

The Excellence in Voluntarism Merit Award was established in 1992 to honor women in Anne Arundel County who volunteer their time and talent performing services that aid the community.

Others recognized with certificates of appreciation from the Junior League were Midshipman Jennifer L. Campbell of Annapolis for the Midshipman Action Group; Vera Pryor of Annapolis for the American Red Cross; and Deborah Wood of Annapolis for the Chesapeake Children's Museum.

A community assistance donation was presented to Ujima Planning Action Committee, a Clay Street community organization focused on renewing the character of the Clay Street area and building self-esteem among its residents.

Artwork needed

Edgewater, Shady Side, Lothian, Galesville, Deale, Davidsonville and Friendship will be the focus for artists wanting to be included in the 1997 Southern Anne Arundel County Calendar sponsored by Shady Side Rural Heritage Society and Galesville Heritage Society.

Drawings in pencil, pen and ink, or charcoal are invited, in a format 17 inches high and 22 inches wide. The entry deadline is July 1.

Locations to be depicted include London Town House and Gardens in Edgewater, Tacarro Farm in Friendship and the Quaker Burying Grounds in Galesville.

For a complete list of sites and guidelines, call project chairman Newell Cannon, 867-4763.

Croquet match

It may not be covered by ESPN, but there's a sports classic this weekend in Annapolis that has nothing whatever to do with sailboats: It's the 14th annual croquet match between St. John's College and the Naval Academy. St. John's leads the series, 10-3.

This year, St. John's has joined the U.S. Croquet Association and hopes to win the national championship, not an unreasonable goal.

The match begins at 1 p.m. Saturday beneath the Liberty Tree, on the lawn at King George Street and College Avenue.

For the gallery, estimated last year at nearly 600, Gatsby-esque attire is popular but not mandatory. The rain date is Sunday.

Art appraisals

Also on Saturday at St. John's is an opportunity for some lucky people to have paintings, drawings and prints appraised by a professional.

George Young of Portsmouth, N.H., will examine works from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. before a public auction of "artworks, services, experiences, gift certificates and fun items" for the benefit of the college's Mitchell Art Gallery.

For an appraisal appointment, call Tom Dawson at 269-1299. For more information on the auction or the art gallery, call 626-2530.

Pub Date: 4/22/96

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