Call for outstanding Annapolitans draws blank


October 12, 1998|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE ANNAPOLIS Jaycees Foundation had planned to honor stellar members of Annapolis' up-and-coming generation at a banquet this month -- the culmination of the club's annual Outstanding Young Annapolitan contest.

The festivities have been canceled.

The group got an avalanche of silence when it solicited nominations for the award.

No nominations -- no banquet.

Pick-your-own patch

The most definite sign of autumn isn't dropping temperatures or bright leaves.

Fall is here when piles of pumpkins appear at farmers' markets and makeshift produce stands. In South County, pumpkins are ripe and ready at Mary's Pumpkin Patch on Polling House Road in Harwood.

For the first time, Mary Henschel is opening the patch to people who want to pick their pumpkins.

Henschel, 44, lives across from the pumpkin patch in the house where she was born.

She said she manages to eke out a living by farming. The patch is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until Halloween.

Groups wanting to visit during the week should call for a reservation.

"I've had some elementary schools come out, and they seem to enjoy it," Henschel said.

Information: 410-867-0982.

Pumpkin Walk

Speaking of pumpkins, the 1998 Pumpkin Walk in Annapolis is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 23.

The Hammond Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave. in the Annapolis historic district, will hold the annual autumn festival.

Face painting, scary stories, games and bobbing for apples are among the activities planned. A costume parade will be held.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than age 9.

"The older children tend to find this is a little too juvenile for them," said Janet Church, director of the Hammond Harwood House.

Refreshments are included. Reservations are required.

Quit smoking

If your New Year's resolution was to quit smoking and you haven't stopped, the American Cancer Society can help.

The society is offering a nine-day program designed to help people stop smoking.

Classes will be from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Oct. 20 to 22, Oct. 27 to 29 and Nov. 3 to 5 at Anne Arundel Medical Center's Oncology Center Lounge.

The course is free. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-721-4303.

New officers

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society began the fall with new officers.

Longtime members Mavis and George Daly are co-presidents; Dave Staples, vice president; LaVerne Papian, treasurer; Lynn Kitzmiller, recording secretary; and Peggy Tucker, corresponding secretary.

Several board members have specific responsibilities.

They are Glorious Shenton, library; Mary MacChaney, the annual raffle fund-raiser; Joan Dean, acquisitions; Nellie Nowell, cemetery issues; Carol Anderson, the society's store; T. C. Magnotti, grants; Susan Savage, historic sites; and Lucretia Brown, volunteers.

Pub Date: 10/12/98

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