Family tradition of 'rabbit' spells good luck for new month


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

IT HAS LONG been a tradition in my family to have the word "rabbit" be the first thing out of one's mouth on the first of each month. The origins of the practice were lost in the mist long before the instruction reached me from my older sister, but the superstition still runs strong. And those months when I remember "rabbit" in time, I feel jump-started toward good luck and success.

If you forget to say "rabbit" first thing, or if this is the first you've heard about it, there are various actions that purport to overcome the bad luck of your lapse. You could walk down a flight of stairs backwards, for instance, or say `rabbit" backwards a hundred times. The former was my favorite when I was 14 and attending a school with a four-story spiral staircase, but any flight will do. For good measure, do the backward "rabbit" chant while descending.

See you on the stairs.

Sailing and selling

Sept. 28 is building up to be a very busy day in the area. It's the day of Hospice Cup XV, the nation's oldest and largest charity regatta. It also is the last SailFree at Sandy Point State Park, sponsored by CRAB, Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, and the day of the annual Maryland Avenue/State Circle Fall Festival.

The Hospice Cup, which boasts one of the highest ratios of income to expenses of any fund-raiser in the United States, has a variety of racing, sponsorship and spectator opportunities. Call Mary Radzik at (703) 538-2062 for more information.

The CRAB SailFree offers free sailing opportunities for everyone, with an emphasis on people with disabilities and their families. Boats leave the dock from 10 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Maryland Avenue Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a colorful celebration of artistry, crafts, food and fun, in addition to the many diverse businesses on the avenue.

I've partaken of the festival in years past, and it's really a change from the understated elegance of the street on normal days.

This year, organizers have indicated that there is still opportunity for antiques dealers to sign up for booths at the festival. Individual spaces are 10 feet by 10 feet, plenty of room to display smaller wares.

For booth rental or other information on the festival, call Elaine Underwood at 268-5609, or Joanne Orange at 721-1808.

Talk about books

My parents or guardian angels or somebody, must have said `rabbit" a lot on the first of October a number of years ago, because three weeks later I was blessed at birth with a lot of lucky addictions, books among them. For other bibliophiles, I am always happy to promote the Great Books discussion group at the South County library, 5940 Deale-Churchton Road in Deale.

The new season begins at 1: 30 p.m. Tuesday. The library is closed Monday for Labor Day.

In other county library activities, quilts and quilting paraphernalia are on display at the Edgewater branch through September, toy slot machines at Riviera Beach and "School Days: From the Early 1900s to the 1940s" at South County.

Every branch has an upgraded computer search system giving access to catalog information and other library offerings. The library system home page can be reached from your own computer at http: //

Pub Date: 9/01/96

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