Out with the old stuff and in with the new at weekend flea market

Neighbors

May 17, 1999|By Jeff Holland | Jeff Holland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ANNAPOLIS AND South County will be filled this weekend with music, galas, flowers, trees and fleas. Flea markets, that is.

The Barge House Museum in Eastport will hold a flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. "Take your old stuff, throw it into boxes, bring it to us and get credit for a nice donation to our nonprofit museum," says museum director Peg Wallace. "Then come to the flea market and buy new stuff to fill the empty corners you just cleaned out. If it's raining, we'll do it Sunday, same time and place."

That place is the Barge House Museum grounds on Bay Shore Drive, near the Back Creek end of Second Street. If you want to donate, call Jan Alexander at 410-268-7623 or Peg Wallace at 410-268-1802.

The Chorale, outdoors

You might even get a good deal on a nice old lawn chair. If you do, you can take it with you to the Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side Sunday afternoon. Ernie Green will direct the Annapolis Chorale in an outdoor concert, with the Chesapeake Bay for a backdrop.

"We're going to do a fun mix of things," Green says. "We'll have some sacred settings that we're getting ready to record for our new CD, some pops, and some light classics, including some English part songs perfect for springtime listening. We're going to keep it very casual and fun."

The concert starts at 2 p.m.; tickets are $5. The Captain Salem Avery House Museum is at 1418 E. West Shady Side Road. Information: Mavis Daly, 301-261-5234.

`The Big Event'

Historic Annapolis Foundation will hold "The Big Event" Saturday evening at St. John's College. The two-part gala fund-raiser starts off in Francis Scott Key Auditorium with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a talk by John Naisbitt, author of the best-selling book "Megatrends," on the impact of technology on culture. Tickets for this portion of the evening are $50.

The gala continues at Iglehart Hall at 8: 30 p.m. with a black-tie dinner and dancing to the music of the Federal Jazz Commission. Tickets for the whole evening are $400 per couple or $225 per person. Information: 410-267-7619, Ext. 10.

Cloning the Liberty Tree

The Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000 will sponsor another event at St. John's College at 11 a.m. Friday, when Gov. Parris N. Glendening and state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer will witness the cloning of the Liberty Tree. A research team from the plant sciences department of the University of Maryland will extract genetic material from the 400-year-old tree in order to clone it.

The ancient tulip poplar is thought by some to be the site of the signing of the peace treaty between the Puritan settlers and the Susquehannocks in 1652. It was also the gathering site for the Sons of Liberty as they planned for Maryland's independence from British rule in the 1770s.

Each of the 13 original colonies had its own Liberty Tree, but this one is the last in existence. Its clones will be presented to all the other states in the nation.

As chairman of the Celebration 2000 commission, Schaefer will announce the program for Maryland's celebration of the millennium. Information: 410-260-6345, or log onto the Web site, www.maryland2000.org.

Commemorative day lilies

Last week, Annapolis Mayor Dean L. Johnson placed the first Lady Anne Arundell day lilies in the planter of Hopkins Plaza by the Market House at the City Dock. Now it's your turn to plant your own commemorative day lilies in your garden. The Lady Anne Arundell day lilies will be available for purchase after they are formally christened on Saturday at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville.

Homestead President Don Riddle Jr. traveled to Holland to select this flower. It represents the ones that appear as part of a family crest on a plate that county archaeologist Al Luckenbach discovered at the site of Providence, this area's first English settlement.

The christening ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Donna Ware, historic sites planner for Anne Arundel County's Department of Planning and Code Enforcement, will speak about the history of the county, which was founded in 1650 and named after the late wife of Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore.

A seminar on how to care for your day lilies will follow the event.

As director of the Celebrate 350 committee, I will talk a bit about other programs we'll be conducting throughout the year to help bring history alive. Don't let that keep you from coming.

Information: 410-798-5000.

Pub Date: 5/17/99

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