Eastport writer completes Blue Angels children's book


August 17, 1998|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EASTPORT WRITER Sandra Travis-Bildahl has just completed her second book for children, tentatively titled, "The Blue Angel Way."

Technically, the book is for what are called "mid-level" readers -- children 8 to 14.

Travis-Bildahl interviewed members of the Navy's stunt-flying unit for the book, which explores what it is like to be a Blue Angel, as well as how someone becomes a member of the prestigious group.

"This is what it's like to be a work-at-home mom," said Travis-Bildahl. "A Blue Angel called me at home -- and it's a big deal to get them to call you back -- and as I'm on the phone interviewing this guy my son comes in with gum stuck to him, stretched across his chest. So while I'm doing this interview, I'm also cleaning off the gum."

Travis-Bildahl and her husband, John Bildahl, have two children: son Travis, 5, and daughter Katy, 8. John Bildahl is a photographer. He and his wife moved to Annapolis from Manhattan 12 years ago after a series of visits to the town.

"The minute that we came to Annapolis, we knew that this was where we wanted to be," Travis-Bildahl said.

She balances her family life with a busy home-based career that includes writing a column called "Living Well for Less," for Woman's World magazine. She has also written for People magazine and produced television and radio shows. Among her radio credits was "The Subject Is Young People," which had Bob Keeshan, also known as Captain Kangaroo, as the host.

Travis-Bildahl's first book, "A Day In the Life of a Midshipman," was published last year by the Naval Institute Press. Also targeted for the 8- to-14-year-old crowd, the book takes a look at the daily rigors of students at the Naval Academy.

Orchestra fund raising

The Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra have kicked off their annual membership drive.

The 34-year-old group provides volunteer and financial help to support the orchestra, with an emphasis on encouraging children to get involved with the orchestra.

Information: 410-647-8718 or 410-867-3188.

Classes by artists

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is leveraging its in-house talent to present classes this fall.

Artists-in-residence Phyllis Avedon, Bonnie Anderson Roth, Andrea Olney-Wall and Don Cook will teach classes in their fields of specialty.

Avedon, a longtime Annapolis resident, will lead a class on portrait drawing and painting. Students will have the chance to complete five portraits during the course, which will meet five times from Sept. 8 to Nov. 17.

Roth will teach two classes: "Painting the Head in Oil," which will meet twice a week beginning in early November, and "Pastel Landscapes," a once-weekly class that will begin in early September.

Olney-Wall will introduce students to four-harness pattern-weaving in a weekly class that is to have its first session in the middle of next month.

Cook will lead a class that studies and seeks to copy the styles vTC of several master watercolorists, including Constable, Turner and Hopper. The class will meet Mondays beginning late next month.

He also will teach "The Figure in Watercolor," which will meet Wednesdays beginning about the same time.

Other classes, including lessons in jewelry making, pottery, music, dance and sculpture, will be taught throughout the fall by local artists.

Limited space is available in each class, and registration is on a first-come basis.

Cost, time and registration deadline vary by class.

Information: 410-269-1087.

Pub Date: 8/17/98

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