Adults can relish the feeling of a lesson learned

NEIGHBORS

September 30, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONE OF the joys of maturity is encountering a situation that proves beyond measure that one lesson or another that mom or dad or Miss Richards in fourth grade harped upon was RIGHT, and then being able to take quiet smug pleasure, or be calm about the consequences.

I had three such situations in one day last week.

Lesson 1: Always have good jumper cables in your car. This was brought home Thursday morning when I heard an ominous clicking sound from my husband's new old car. It was either the starter or the battery, and we prayed for the latter because his adapted van was piled full of furniture for me to take to a trade show. We had jumper cables, it was the battery, and he was not late for work.

Lesson 2: You can't win if you don't play. At the trade show, I put my business card in several baskets and fish bowls, and won a lovely book of Maryland photographs. I did not put it in one of the computer software vendors' baskets, but my colleague did. She won.

Lesson 3: Always have at least one extra key to the house and car in a place where it can't be locked in or out. The same new old car is sitting in the driveway as I write, thumbing its 11-year-old nose at attempts to defile its fastness with a coat hanger.

Birdseed sale

Orders are being taken now, through Oct. 18, for the annual birdseed sale held by Friends of Quiet Waters Park in conjunction with the Anne Arundel Bird Club. The sale is known for high-quality seed at reasonable prices.

All seed is freshly harvested. Choices include black oil sunflower, Quiet Waters premium mix, Niger (thistle), sunflower chips, white proso millet, cracked corn, peanut splits and suet cakes.

Prices range from $2 to $19.50. A 10 percent discount is given to members of the two sponsoring groups.

Seed pickup is from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 and 27 at Quiet Waters Park.

Information: 222-1777.

Sailboat show and party

VIP day for the United States Sailboat Show, running through Oct. 14, will be Oct. 10.

That is also the date for the second annual CRAB Bash, organized by TCI Cablevision, for the benefit of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB).

The party will be held at Wyndham Garden Hotel from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, entertainment by Avalon Muse, and a silent auction.

Paralympic Sailing's bronze medal winners Chris Murphy of Annapolis and Jim Leatherman of Baltimore will attend, along with local author Mick Blackistone.

Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. Information: Lisa Seborowski, (410) 268-7551.

Celtic music concert

The Historic Annapolis Foundation Museum Store and Welcome Center celebrates its first anniversary Oct. 11, with a concert of Celtic and original music celebrating the Chesapeake Bay.

Maggie Sansone will perform on hammered dulcimer with acoustic guitarist Al Petteway, an 18-time winner of the Washington Area Music Association's WAMMIE award.

The performance is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the museum store, at 77 Main St. in Annapolis, a restored 18th-century warehouse. The store offers items that reflect the architectural, cultural, social and maritime history of Annapolis.

Regular store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Dog exhibition

It will be a big day in Shady Side Oct. 12 with the eighth annual Working and Sporting Dog Exhibition at Cedarhurst Community Center.

The event is sponsored by Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, which will hold its $10,000 raffle during the afternoon. Raffle tickets are still available. Information: (301) 261-5234.

The exhibition is held to foster the traditional role of sporting dogs in the area. The show is free and open to the public.

Pub Date: 9/30/96

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