Be thankful and save images of holiday


November 25, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MANY AWESOME inventions and technological developments have been made in the past 10 years. One of the most family-friendly is perhaps the video camera that allows almost instant enjoyment of special events, as well as the ability to savor the moments long after they're gone.

We're lucky to go to a pre-Thanksgiving party on the Sunday before the big day each year. Much of the entertainment at the 4 p.m. gathering is provided by videos taken at the 11 a.m. football game, including the large guy in the wheelchair who plays center for both teams.

The afternoon also features still photos, miraculously produced from another blessing of the '90s: the machine that does one-hour photos at affordable prices.

Whether your personal taste and budget favor VCRs or a trusty point-and-shoot, make a note to stock up on tape or film before Thursday. The friends and family you'll be with will never be quite the same again, and the memories are treasures.

Library By Mail

Many people can't "wander the neighborhood" at will. They're temporarily or permanently housebound because of illness, injury or disability.

They need not feel shut off. Everything in the Anne Arundel County library system that is available for checkout will be available in January through Library By Mail.

That includes books, magazines, compact discs, videos, audio books and large-print materials. Library By Mail staff will work with individuals to customize free monthly mailings.

Information: 222-6270.

'Lights on the Bay'

A new classic returns to the Annapolis area tomorrow, when "Lights on the Bay" is turned on at Sandy Point State Park.

In its second year, the display is set up in the shadow of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, on a two-mile stretch of road in the park. Visitors tuning their car radios to a designated frequency can enjoy holiday music on their leisurely drive.

Viewer favorites from last year include the 40-foot Fantasy Tree, a giant teddy bear, skating penguins and an acrobatic gingerbread man. A dozen new displays include dinosaurs and elves that appears to fly airplanes and use parachutes.

"Lights on the Bay" is a fund-raiser for Women's and Children's Services at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

Tickets are $12 per vehicle on weekends, with discounts on weeknights. The park opens at 6 p.m. tomorrow. The display will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Jan. 5.

Information: 260-3161.

Christmas ornaments

Another classic back for the holidays is the Collector's Series Christmas Ornament, offered by Shady Side Rural Heritage Society at Captain Salem Avery House Museum Gift Shop.

This year's ornament, the third in the series by Kelly Richard, features the old Shady Side School at Shady Side and Snug Harbor roads.

Previous offerings in the series represented the Rural Home when it was operated as a boarding home, and the Captain Salem Avery House itself.

Richard sketched each building, made a model for the ornament and a mold and hand-cast, and hand-painted each piece. A limited number of each ornament is available at $12 each.

The ornaments are sold at the Museum Gift Shop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays or by calling 867-4486 or 867-4554.

Dollhouse on show

The last entry in this week's holiday classics parade is the Richwood Dollhouse, built in 1955 as part of a traveling display to promote Eastport's own Richwood Toy Co. products. The dollhouse display opened again the weekend of Nov. 16 at Barge House Museum.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21.

Information: 280-1900.

Pub Date: 11/25/96

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