Breakfast of pancakes and miracles


June 21, 1999|By Jeff Holland | Jeff Holland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I LABORED FOR days before Father's Day on an answer, just in case my 11-year-old daughter asked me the question -- "What's it like to be a father?" -- as she served me my traditional pancake breakfast in bed.

"It's like being Santa Claus," I would tell her. "When you're a little kid, Santa Claus is this magical figure who performs miracles. Then somebody tells you there is no Santa Claus, and the world seems like a pretty unmiraculous place. Then you have your own kid, and you discover there really is a Santa Claus after all, because suddenly, you're it.

"When I was a kid, I had a wonderful father. But he's gone, and now I'm it," I would say. "The wonderful thing about becoming a father is that you discover you can perform miracles. Just look at you," I would tell her. "You're a miracle. When you suddenly appeared, the world seemed like a pretty miraculous place. It still does. That's what it's like being a father."

Did she ever ask the question? Of course not. But she makes makes miraculous pancakes.

Scenic downtown

Some observations from the weekend: The Trumpy yachts were a glorious sight along City Dock. Between the beautiful white boats and the flower baskets hanging from the Colonial lamp posts, downtown Annapolis never looked prettier.

Mike Miron is to be congratulated for all his hard work in organizing the Trumpy rendezvous. And Don Riddle, president of Homestead Gardens, is to be congratulated for making Annapolis the City of Flowers by the Bay.

The commemorative Lady Anne Arundel day lilies that Don planted with Mayor Dean Johnson last month have blossomed around Al Hopkins Plaza by the Market House. They are as beautiful as Lady Anne Arundel herself -- and she was believed to be the most beautiful woman in England in the 17th century. You can still get your own Lady Anne Arundel day lilies at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville.

With all of those flowers blooming, City Dock will be a delightful setting on Friday for the Classical Salute to Our Heritage concert. The program will feature a 100-member youth orchestra composed of musicians from 25 Pittsburgh-area schools. It starts at noon at Susan C. Campbell Park at City Dock.

Information: 410-263-1183.

Market fills void

The new Eastport Market at the Eastport Shopping Center on Bay Ridge Avenue will open officially on Wednesday, but the 15,000-square-foot, full-service grocery store threw a reception last week that had neighbors around Eastport buzzing with excitement.

In addition to an inviting array of fresh produce, meats and poultry, and an impressive selection of dairy products, dry goods, canned goods and other necessities, the market boasts a deli, a bakery and fresh flowers. The Eastport Market fills a gap left when Thriftway went out of business about a year and a half ago.

Growing oysters

Want to help save the bay? Try planting some oysters. The Oyster Recovery Project is looking for your help in planting 8 million to 10 million baby oysters, called spat, in a site near the mouth of the Severn River.

According to Mary Jo Garreis, chairwoman of the board of the Annapolis-based environmental organization, a 5-acre site off the mouth of Lake Ogleton near Bay Ridge will be filled with oyster shells by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The Oyster Recovery Project will then scatter the shells with the millions of oyster spat.

"Half the spat will be the same native Chesapeake oysters we've been planting for the past five years," Garreis explains. "The other half will be a genetically engineered oyster of the same species," altered to enhance their resistance to MSX and Dermo diseases that have devastated the bay's oyster population.

Garreis is looking for volunteers to help move the spat by boat from the nursery in Cambridge to the Severn River planting site during the second or third week in July.

If you'd like to help, call 410-269-5570 and leave your name and phone number.

Pub Date: 6/21/99

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