Summer fleeting, but much enjoyment remains


July 01, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I WAS BROUGHT up short last night by the sight of two staples in the waistline of my wall calendar.

Not quite the same as a staple in the belly button of a centerfold, but arresting nonetheless, when you're a summer person. Lifting that page to reveal July, and finding the staples, reminded me that like it or not, the year is half over.

Libra to the core, I brought myself back into balance with thoughts of what summer still holds. The Rotary Crab Feast and the Seafood Festival and the Mid-Atlantic Wine Festival and the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Zucchini and eggplant and tomatoes warm from the sun, and perky weeds popping up in my well-planned landscape.

I thought of white sails and splashing children and the utter pleasure of a glass of cold water on a hot day. I knew that there is still plenty of summer to enjoy, and autumn to keep in reserve for its own pleasures.

Savor the evenings

A good bit of the fun of summer is being able to savor the evenings as well as the days. Quiet Waters Park, the county facility in the Hillsmere section of Annapolis, contributes to summer's enjoyment with a Summer Concert Series Saturday evenings at 5: 30 p.m., beginning this week and running through Aug. 31.

There are two acts each week, well-planned to attract two audiences that are each likely to enjoy the other's music.

A case in point are this Saturday's performers, the Urban Legends, with contemporary folk/rhythm and blues music, and Rumba Club, a high-energy Latin salsa and jazz group.

Next Saturday the park plays host to Bob Barnett and his Teatime Three, with music from the '50s and before, and The Kelly Bell Band, voted the best blues band in Baltimore in 1995.

Max Ochs of the 333 Coffeehouse is host for the concert series, which is free, with lawn seating. Entry fees to the park apply. For a concert schedule, call 222-1777.

The QWP Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the Annapolis Rotary, Browning-Ferris Industries, the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County, Friends of Quiet Waters Park, Giant Food Inc., Maryland State Arts Council, Quiet Waters Exxon and Whitmore Print and Imaging.

Two holiday celebrations

How do you like your Fourth of July celebration? An all-day affair with a parade, band concert, country fair, hot dogs, flags, games and a cooking contest? Or an evening affair, with parade and fireworks? With planning and fortitude, you can have it both ways on Thursday, in Shady Side and in Annapolis.

Start the day in Shady Side, where the community parade begins at 10 a.m. at the post office. The cooking contest, with judging of cakes, pies, jellies, and pickles, begins at 12: 45 at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum. A free concert by the Bay Winds Concert Band begins at 1 p.m. Games for children will start at 2 p.m.

Annapolis festivities begin with a parade through the Historic District beginning at 6: 30 p.m., followed by fireworks over the harbor after dark, shortly after 9 p.m.

Weekend festivities

If you want to honor our country's independence, but prefer weekend, Chesapeake Cultural Arts and Herrington Harbour Marina Resort have the answer for you, with a day of family fun and an evening lobster feast, fireworks display, and dancing, in Rose Haven on Saturday.

The fun starts at 3 p.m. at the beach, with bay swimming and food and beverage stands.

The Lobster Feast and Buffet starts at 6 p.m., and the pool area opens (with a $5 fee) at 7: 30 p.m.. The National Concert Band of America performs from 8: 15 p.m. until dark, when the fireworks again define the celebration. A disc jockey will provide music for dancing, after the fireworks, until 1 a.m.

The concert, fireworks program and bay swimming are free; for information on the rest of the activities, call Anna Chaney, 741-5101, or Tom Coleman, 867-0888.

Mile track run

If you're a runner, or a runner wannabe, you can work off the excesses of the Fourth at the John Wall Memorial One-Mile Track Run sponsored by the Annapolis Striders at 6 p.m. on July 13.

Friday is the deadline for mail registrations. Race-day registrations will be accepted beginning at 5 p.m. There is also a Junior Medley, with varying distances for kids 5 and under, 6 and 7, 8 and 9, and 10 through 13. There is no entry fee for Junior Medley participants, but parents must sign a waiver for their children to participate.

Advance registration for the John Wall Memorial is $2 for Striders members, $3 for nonmembers; both are $1 more on race day. The race honors the memory of one of Annapolis Striders' founders, Olympian John Wall, whose teammate in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin was Jesse Owens.

For information on this and other Striders' races, including the 10-mile run on Aug. 25, call the Striders Hotline at 268-1165.

Do the Slap Leather

Need even more exercise, disguised as wonderful fun?

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will offer a class in country line dancing for teens and adults, on Mondays at 6: 45 p.m., beginning July 8.

No longer need the Tush Push, Slap Leather and Watermelon Crawl be mysteries to you: call 263-5544 for information.

Pub Date: 7/01/96

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