Weekend events give children varied treat

October 30, 1997|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Anne Arundel was one terrific place to be a child last weekend.

Saturday afternoon, the Chesapeake Children's Museum threw a whale of a party with its first "Round the World Festival," a benefit held at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold.

Arts, crafts, and hands-on activities with an international theme were available for children, who spent a delightful afternoon fashioning Russo-American friendship medals, examining currency from around the world, learning about the tropical rain forests of South America and getting the lowdown on how to celebrate St. Lucia's Day in Sweden.

Especially heartwarming was Vincent Leggett's exhibit, "Blacks of the Chesapeake: An Integral Part of Maritime History," a collection of pictures and writings that celebrates the contributions of black Americans.

The museum gala also afforded a glorious opportunity to enjoy food from around the globe. Braeburn apples from New Zealand, Jewish blintzes, Dutch pea soup, German potato salad, spanakopitas from Greece, French cheeses, Norwegian kjottkaker (meatballs), Brazilian rice, Russian onion rolls and English scones were some of the delicacies available for sampling.

First-class entertainment included Scottish pipers, Russian folk dancers, talented youngsters from Chesapeake Dance Theatre and the incredibly energetic FootWorks dance ensemble.

Sunday afternoon, the scene shifted to Maryland Hall in Annapolis, which was chock-full of little ghosts, ghouls and goblins as the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra presented "Phantoms and Phantasy." The Halloween program featured supernaturally inspired works by Grieg, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky and Dukas.

On the podium was Sara Watkins, who continues to play a major role with the ASO during this transitional season. She proved to be a friendly, funny, warm, noncondescending hostess.

Watkins brought her famous husband, baritone John Shirley-Quirk, who donned a sorcerer's hat and robe for a campy narration of Paul Dukas' "Sorcerer's Apprentice."

Watkins and her colleagues put the final magical touches on a weekend of excitement.

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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