Annapolis Yacht Club races create quite a spectacle


May 03, 1999|By Jeff Holland | Jeff Holland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THERE'S A VIDEO I'd like to make someday of Annapolis Harbor on a Wednesday evening this time of year.

I'll set the camera on a tripod at the end of a dock in Eastport and start it going just as the sailboats are heading out for the Annapolis Yacht Club races. I'll leave it running at fullest wide-angle, with no pans or zooms, until all the boats come flashing by for the finish line.

If you're among those who think that watching a sailboat race is as exciting as watching paint dry on a barn door, or worse yet, golf on TV, you should stand on the Eastport bridge and see the end of that race every Wednesday evening.

It's spectacular, especially on those nights when it's a downwind run and the boats rush up under their big, colorful spinnakers. The finish line is right there at the yacht club, and all these hundreds of skippers have just a few yards to spin about before crashing into the swing span. They come swarming so close to the bridge, you can hear the captains yelling orders to their crews.

Eat to feed the hungry

Tomorrow night the Annapolis City Dock will be the setting for good food and good music, all for a good cause. About 60 local chefs, restaurants and caterers will serve their best dishes at the fourth annual Taste of the Nation -Annapolis from 6 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. The popular world-rhythm musical group Mama Jama will provide the tunes.

The event is associated with Share Our Strength, a national hunger-fighting organization. Proceeds will help feed the hungry in the Annapolis area.

Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the gate. You can get tickets at the Market House at City Dock, at Party Perfect, 1799 McGuckian St. in Parole, or at participating restaurants. Information: 410-349-9137.

Dog walking as a sport

Eastport will be hopping on Saturday when the Eastport Spring Fling Parade & Dog Walk starts at 10 a.m. The Eastport Business Association, Eastport Civic Association, and the Maritime Republic of Eastport are organizing floats and marchers. The parade route goes from State Street to Chester Avenue to Severn Avenue to Fifth Street, ending at Eastport Elementary School.

You're welcome to join the parade and bring your dog too. Prizes will be awarded for the "Best Dressed Pooch" and "Best Doggie au Naturel." If you and your best four-legged friend want to enter the contest, judging begins promptly at 9 a.m. in the open field at Chester Avenue and State Street. Information: 410-280-2255.

Stamp of approval

The U.S. Postal Service will introduce a stamp cancellation featuring the Celebrate 350 Annapolis & Anne Arundel County logo during the Annapolis Stamp Club's annual stamp show and sale on Saturday.

The show, "ANNAPEX '99," is free to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Annapolis Middle School, 1399 Forest Drive in Annapolis. The presentation will take place at 10 a.m.

To commemorate the occasion, the stamp club has produced an envelope featuring a color portrait of Anne Arundel (1615-1649), the wife of Cecilius, the second Lord Baltimore. Anne Arundel County was named in her honor when it was founded in 1650.

Annapolis Mayor Dean Johnson and a representative of County Executive Janet S. Owens will officiate with the postmasters from the Annapolis and Eastport post offices. As director of the Celebrate 350 committee, I'll be there, too.

The show will feature more than a dozen framed exhibits of stamps and postal history prepared by club members. Prizes will be awarded to the top three adult exhibits and to the best youth division exhibit, based on a vote of attendees. Eight stamp dealers will have stamps and collecting supplies for sale.

Information: Jim Barton, 410-766-4387.

The Annapolis Stamp Club meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Annapolis Public Library meeting room.

Information: Tony Wheeler, 410-757-0157.

The club sponsors a youth stamp club, the Annapolis Broadneck Collectors, for youngsters ages 5 to 14. They meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the library on West Street.

Information: Candy Emrick, 401-757-0856.

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