This summer has produced one peach of a harvest


August 20, 1998|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I USED TO THINK that tomatoes were the perfect summer food. But peaches offer some stiff competition.

While today's peaches aren't the fuzzy wonders of yesterday, I would wager the flavor of this year's Maryland crop against all the fruit in the basket atop my family's 1950 ice box.

Still, it's hard to beat that summer classic, the tomato sandwich. Take one big tomato still warm from the vine, two slices of fresh white bread and a knife-full of mayo. This sandwich is best eaten while you're leaning over the sink, so you're not left with a tomato tattoo down the front of your shirt.

Hospice Cup

Hospices from Maryland and Virginia will again share the proceeds from America's largest charity regatta, Hospice Cup XVII, which begins at 10: 30 a.m. Sept. 19 on the Chesapeake Bay.

Paul Murray, director of marketing and community relations, said that while the list of participants is incomplete, more than 120 sailboats, plus spectator boats, are anticipated.

Benefiting from the regatta will be Montgomery Hospice Society, Hospice of Northern Virginia, Calvert Hospice, the Hospice Foundation in Prince George's County, Hospice of Anne Arundel Medical Center and central county's Hospice of the Chesapeake.

Tickets can be purchased for the shore party at 7 p.m. on the grounds of Manressa on the Severn River. Expected to raise as much as $300,000 this year, Hospice Cup, which relies on volunteers, has generated more than $3.5 million during its history.

To raise an anticipated $70,000, Hospice of the Chesapeake needs corporate and individual sponsors for the regatta and advertisers for the race-day program.

Sponsors may designate which hospice should receive donations.

Contact regatta co-chairs Hank Lawton at 410-544-1317 or Sylvia Mitchell at 410-544-0121.

Speaking of hospice

Hospice of the Chesapeake will be holding a training session for people who sign up with its speakers bureau to talk to organizations and clinical professionals about hospice and its supportive care services in the home. The session is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at the hospice office on Veterans Highway in Millersville.

Folks familiar with hospice will also learn more about the organization's philosophy, as well as information about bereavement services and volunteer opportunities.

There will be additional training for those new to hospice.

Those interested should contact Paul Murray at 410-987-2003.

The hospice's resale shop, Chesapeake Treasures, in Park Plaza next to the Hair Cuttery, is always happy to receive donations of clothing, small furnishings, novelties and gifts, books and other goods. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Thursday.

For more information, call 410-384-9260.

Pub Date: 8/20/98

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