Giving in to temptation sometimes yields rewards


July 15, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I LEARNED YEARS AGO that one way to avoid temptation, particularly one involving serious money, is literally to avoid it: stay out of situations that are likely to tug at my wallet, or give definition to urges I'm not even aware of.

I'm safe "just looking" in really expensive clothing stores, but stay out of reasonably priced ones. I stay out of kitchenware emporia (except around my birthday). And I pat my car on its fender and say "good girl" every now and then, expecting it, therefore, to give me another eight trouble-free years.

But I'm a woman, and my husband is a man, and we all know about men and their toys, and those little boy smiles we fell in love with. When I got home one night last week, a smoke-green minivan was there.

"I told the guy you'd come up and take a look tonight drive it around you'll love it compared to my big tank!" he said.

I did, and I did, and I do. There are excellent reasons to justify the investment, and equally good reasons to put the same money into more traditional investments. But I did, and I did, and I do. Film at 11.

Youth orchestra auditions

The Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra is accepting applications for its August auditions, with new members needed for the woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion sections.

Musicians age 8 to 18 are eligible, with minimum solo requirements -- level 6 for the symphony orchestra, level 4 for the repertory orchestra, and Level 3 for the string orchestra.

Now 6 years old, the CYSO was established to give talented music students a chance to perform great orchestral literature under the direction of professional conductors.

Auditions will be held Aug. 26 to 30 at Heritage Baptist Church on Forest Drive. Applicants must prepare an assigned excerpt from a classical piece, as well as playing scales and exercises.

For audition applications and requirements, call Jeannette LaViolette at 956-2195.

Museum exhibit of Gibbs' art

I gave myself a double treat recently, going to the opening of an exhibition at the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis.

I expected the paintings and drawings by Nathaniel Gibbs to be rewarding, and I was right. The serendipitous surprise was the beauty of the space given over to the artist's works.

The museum, dedicated to preserving Maryland's African American heritage, is housed in the old Mount Moriah AME Church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The church was built in 1874-1875, by a black congregation that traced their beginnings to 1799.

The building was damaged and rebuilt in 1896, and converted from a church into a museum in the early 1980s. The space is open and airy, with stained glass windows a reminder of the building's heritage.

xTC Gibbs' paintings, on display through mid-November, are organized under the title "A Spirit of Endurance." His focus ranges from people from his native Baltimore to religious works, contemporary African life, and portraits of African-American leaders, including Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King.

The Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Information: 974-2893.

Clown show at library

At 2 p.m. and 3: 30 p.m. today the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library will play host to Mandy the Clown, a.k.a. Amanda Fernandez.

Mandy's show, designed for children from preschool through third grade, includes juggling, mime and participatory activities. The 2 p.m. performance will be signed for the hearing impaired.

For information about other performances, call library headquarters, 222-7371.

Pub Date: 7/15/96

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