Consignment market to sell old nautical gear


September 16, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MANY PEOPLE I KNOW, myself among them, maneuver themselves into cleaning closets or cupboards with the "If I haven't used it/worn it/needed it in the last year, it's out" ploy.

It works, though it's almost a guarantee that you'll need it or want it three days after it's gone.

The ploy works equally well on sail lockers and garages and backs of station wagons, those official and unofficial repositories of nautical "stuff."

It's interesting what can accumulate in a year or three, from hardware off the boat you sold to a terrific gimbaled guitar holder or a dependable but not-quite-state-of-the-art radio.

Mid-Atlantic boaters of both power and sail persuasion, as well as their suppliers, are lucky that Annapolis is home to the only boating consignment market in the country -- the Boat Accessory Market USA.

A semiannual event at the opening and closing of the Annapolis boating season, the market offers boaters an opportunity to buy and sell used equipment and parts, from navigational equipment to dock lines, ice buckets and fittings.

The sixth BAM USA will run Oct. 4-14. Items in good condition will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 at 222 Severn Ave. This year the market can pick up inventory, enabling marinas, distributors and boat builders to liquidate excess merchandise.

For information or to arrange pickups: (888) 422-6872 or 280-1373.

Chorale opener is set

Hammers are flying, painters are painting and Susan Finlay, executive director of the Annapolis Chorale, is calling in every chit she has ever earned with the powers that be because the 1996-1997 Pops Series opener is set for Sept. 28 in the newly renovated and climate-controlled auditorium at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Should the hall not be ready, the concert will be held at Annapolis Senior High School -- a fine venue, but not what performing arts enthusiasts in the area have been waiting to see.

The renovations to Maryland Hall's auditorium, which began in early summer, include a cosmetic face lift that will be obvious, and internal changes that may only be noticed by absences: no moths, no need for locker towels in your evening bag and no sirens competing with the quietest symphonic passages.

The Chorale Pops concert scheduled to inaugurate the renovated auditorium is an "Evening with Three Tenors."

In the Pops tradition, Garry Grice, Thomas Poole and Paul McIlvain, will perform "greatest hits" from opera, with Gilbert and Sullivan for good measure.

Tickets for the concert are $19.50. Call the Chorale office at 263-1906 for tickets and information on the rest of the Annapolis Chorale season.

Lunar lecture

As nature will have it, a lunar eclipse is scheduled to coincide with the Quiet Waters Park 1996 Environmental Lecture Series on Sept. 26.

Jim O'Leary of the Maryland Science Center's Davis Planetarium will present a slide show at 8: 30 p.m. The group will move outside for the beginning of the eclipse at 9: 12 p.m. Total eclipse is at 10: 19 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars or telescopes. A telescope will be available. Advance registration and a $1 per person donation are requested. Call the park at 222-1777.

Pep rally

If you've lived in or around Annapolis for a while, but haven't really savored the spirit of the Naval Academy, there's a super opportunity at 7 p.m. Friday at City Dock.

It's Senior Parents' Weekend at the academy, and on Saturday the midshipmen kick off their 1996 football season against Southern Methodist University. A traditional part of the festivities includes an old-fashioned pep rally. It's free and fun.

Pub Date: 9/16/96

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