Junior League lends some help with back-to-school supplies


August 12, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I WAS a couple of months short of 9 years old when I was pronounced old enough to go on the bus by myself to "the stationery store next to Bohaks" to buy my own school supplies.

Freedom! Honor! Responsibility! and a passing thought to what I might be able to squeeze into the $5 total that might not be a school supply.

I truly loved the ritual restocking each fall. I remember the smell of new pencils and the challenge of a bottle of Scripto ink with its little lip-side well, and the dignified satisfaction of setting up a three-ring binder with index tabs for each course.

I understood early that I would write better, think better and maybe make sense of math if I had the right basic tools, and their assembly each fall was a signal to me to pay attention and get my act together.

I'm still a sucker for office supply stores, though I've graduated from wanting a new three-ring notebook and reinforced dividers to wanting Windows 95.

I was lucky, 40-some years ago, that we had the $10 it took to buy school supplies for my sister and me. In today's economic climate, many children face the first day of school without that resource, and without the simple tangible promise inherent in appropriate basic tools.

The Junior League of Annapolis has addressed that need for the past three years with its "Back-to-School Bookbag" project.

The league supplies stocked book bags to elementary schoolchildren who need them. Depending on the age and grade of the child, the bag could contain composition books, binders, notebooks, folders, pencils, pens, crayons, rulers, scissors -- simple tools, but a real luxury in some families.

To contribute money or school supplies to the project, call the league office at 224-8984, or send donations to the Junior League of Annapolis, 19 Loretta Ave., Annapolis 21401.

Chorale seeks singers

Are you a shower singer who knows, deep down, that it's not just the tile walls that make you sound good? Do you play choral masterworks with the volume way up to better hear the part that fits your range?

Perhaps you need to consider the Annapolis Chorale, and the chorale needs to consider you.

Plan to attend the open house at St. Martin's in the Field Church on Benfield Road in Severna Park at 7: 30 p.m. a week from today.

You'll have a chance to join the chorale to begin rehearsing the Brahms' "Requiem" in German for a Nov. 16 concert. You'll also have a chance to hear about the coming season and what it takes to be part of it, besides commitment and enthusiasm. And you can sign up for an audition.

A new friend who has never heard me sing was pitching the chorale to me recently, based on the joy he derives from singing again after many years, and the charisma and talent of the group's artistic director, J. Ernest Green.

I'll do him and Greene a favor by opting out of this opportunity, but encouraging you to explore it.

Call the chorale office at 263-1906 for information on the open house next week, and on the chorale's 1996-97 season, which includes a wide selection of classic and pops concerts.

Eastport art

The Barge House Museum of Eastport departs a bit from its historical perspective this month by mounting an exhibition of works by contemporary local artists. The exhibition opens Saturday with artists' receptions from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited.

The focus of the exhibition is on artists who live and work in Eastport. Many of the works will be for sale, and a portion of the sales will benefit the museum.

A rich variety of media, including paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor; pen and ink drawings; mixed media; weaving; stained glass; pottery; and sculpture will be displayed.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The Artists of Eastport show continues through Nov. 9. The Barge House Museum is at 133 Bay Shore Ave., at the Back Creek end of Second Street, behind McNasby's.

Pub Date: 8/12/96

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