Family to aid needy, ease Santa's load


December 08, 1997|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GRACE CARTER doesn't look a bit like Santa, but her 7-year-old daughter, Hannah, could pass for an elf. She sports a freckle-spattered nose and a pixie face under a mop of strawberry blond curls, and the day I saw her she was wearing a Christmas tree-green jumper.

The Carters, from Annapolis, plan to pinch hit for the North Pole team this year to make sure at least two children get Christmas surprises.

"Santa can't get to everyone, so we're helping out," said Hannah.

Saturday, mother and daughter took two names from the "Sharing Tree" sponsored by Anne Arundel Medical Center.

"We're not rich by any stretch of the imagination, but our kids never go without," said Carter. "I think it's important to help others as much as you can."

Every year, the medical center decorates two trees -- at its downtown facility on Franklin Street and its Jennifer Road complex -- with angel-shaped tags bearing the names of needy Anne Arundel County children.

Each tag lists the name, sex and size of a child between ages 6 months and 14 years. Employees and the public are encouraged to take at least one tag and buy a gift for the child it describes.

"The first to go are the younger kids," said Brenda Vardy, an administrative secretary at the medical center who coordinates the gift drive.

She said the hospital starts with the names of about 75 children provided by county social service workers, and usually adds 50 before the toy drive is over.

Among this year's recipients will be Andre, 5, who wears size 7; Amber, 2, who wears size 3T; Corey, 9, a size 14; and 18-month-old Darius, who wears size 3T.

Social workers will deliver the gifts Christmas Day. Wrapped gifts are due under the tree at the medical center by noon Dec. 15.

Mozart a holiday feature

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will help the Annapolis Opera and Charles Carroll House of Annapolis celebrate the season.

This year's holiday program at the Charles Carroll house will feature four of his works. Marilyn Dobson on piano, Michael Cahall on violin and Marilyn Schimpf on cello will perform Divertimento in B-flat major, K. 502.

Interspersed with the piece's three movements will be mezzo-soprano Kyle Engler, baritone Reginald Allen, soprano Carla Del Villaggio and tenor Stephen G. Stokes singing parts of three Mozart operas -- "The Marriage of Figaro," "Don Giovanni" and "Cosi Fan Tutte."

The performers will combine their talents for a finale of "Hallelujah," from Mozart's motet "Exsultate, Jubilate," K. 165.

"These are all very professional people," said Thea Lindauer, president of the opera.

Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Late last week, few tickets remained for the 5 p.m.

Tickets are $23 for members of Charles Carroll House or the Annapolis Opera, or $25 for the public.

A reception featuring Colonial-style foods will follow the performance.

Information: 410-267-8135.

Books on lighthouses

Now, for some news unrelated to Christmas.

Davidsonville resident Patrick Hornberger, who runs Davidsonville-based Eastwind Publishing, has published "Forgotten Beacons," an illustrated book about the history of Chesapeake Bay lighthouses.

He wrote the book with Annapolitan Linda Turbyville, author of "Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay," also published by Hornberger's firm.

"Between the two books, you now have the complete story," Hornberger said last week.

The first book deals with existing lighthouses, the second with all the lighthouses that have beamed over the Chesapeake Bay. The new book sells for $23.95 and is available at most bookstores, as well as a few gift and maritime stores.

"Lighthouses are very popular for us right now," said Donna Linnenkamp, assistant manager of the Golden Gull on the Old Dock in Annapolis.

"They're very romantic and appeal to both sexes. A lot of people associate them with their vacations."

Pub Date: 12/08/97

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