Father's Day weekend features nature hike, jazz and folk players

Thanks: With tickets to the Annapolis Jazzfest and the Cool Cat Caper, tell your father that his best performance was raising you.

June 17, 1999|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Jazz up Dad's world this Father's Day with the tenor sax of Stanley Turrentine and the vocal artistry of Vanessa Rubin, headliners at Annapolis Jazzfest on Sunday at St. John's College.

Setting the mood for the seventh annual day of jazz is Saturday night's Cool Cat Caper, a dance at 8 p.m. at St. John's Randall Hall featuring the Chesapeake Greys big band.

After you've dressed Dad with another pair of socks and a crummy tie Sunday morning, get into jazz Duke Ellington-style with a free workshop on Ellington at Randall Hall. The workshop kicks off the day's activities at 10 a.m. A second workshop, with New York vibist Cecilia Smith, will focus on jazz improvisation at 11 a.m. on the festival stage.

At noon, bring your lawn chairs and your blankets to the college's lower field, where Dave Burns and Hot Mustard will warm up the crowd at the waterfront. Smith, the Rumba Club and regionally noted guitarists Steve Abshire, Paul Bollenback, Paul Wingo and Royce Campbell will also take the stage.

All proceeds of the dance and the festival will benefit the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Last year, the events raised nearly $30,000.

Tickets to the Caper are $50 and can be purchased at the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Tickets for the Jazzfest are $15 in advance and $20 at the school gate. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or by calling 410-481-SEAT and at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis.

333 Coffeehouse

Some of the area's finest harmonizin', guitar strummin' and '70s reminiscin' will be Friday at the 333 Coffeehouse in Annapolis, a once-a-month evening of folk music at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis.

This month's performance features national folk songwriter Debi Smith and the regional folk music duo of Dick Swain and Nancy Mattila. Smith -- who plays guitar, piano and bodhran (an Irish drum that looks like a tambourine without the jingles) -- blends original, contemporary, traditional and country tunes with humor.

Swain and Mattila accompany themselves on guitar, banjo, concertina (a mini accordion), accordion, and other instruments in their program of traditional and contemporary folk music. Swain and Mattila sing tales of land and sea gathered from personal experience and research into the folklore and history of the Northeast.

The 333 Coffeehouse meets the third Friday of every month at the church, at 333 DuBois Road. Doors open at 7: 30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens. Chefs can bring a homemade dessert and get in free, but call organizer Suzy Ochs at 410-647-4275 in advance so she'll know what's coming. Information: 410-266- 8044.

Hike helps water

Drop the nature hike this weekend and take a hike to help the waters around you.

The state-appointed Lower Western Shore Tributary Team and the Friends of College Creek, a neighborhood environmental group, are sponsoring a "Spa Creek Walk-about" so residents can see all of what we're doing on land that affects the water.

Spa Creek, the largest tributary in Annapolis, has a concentration of marinas and businesses on its shores, which means a greater chance of polluting the creek.

Volunteers will stroll through the neighborhoods around the creek taking notes on the trash heaps and empty lots that can cause pollution, places where trees and grass can be planted to prevent storm runoff, and land that is so shady and undisturbed that it needs protecting.

The aim of the program is to restore and protect the quality of the creek and introduce residents to their watershed.

"It's just educating people that what they do on land affects the water quality," said Sean McGuire, tributary team coordinator. "When people dump oil into the drain, it's not going into some treatment facility, it's going into your creek. A plastic cup will last 50 years. It just doesn't magically disappear."

Volunteers will meet at 8: 30 a.m. at Hawkins Cove (from Eastport Shopping Center, take Madison Street and follow it to the end) for a free breakfast of coffee, bagels and doughnuts. The walk, no more than 10 blocks, will take about two hours.

Information: (toll free) 1-877-620-8DNR, Ext. 8727 or 8795.

Pub Date: 6/17/99

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