City Limits offers affordable fun


January 11, 2000|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SEVEN YEARS ago, members of the Family Life Committee of Community United Methodist Church of Crofton were trying to think of programs they could arrange to help local families find wholesome, inexpensive entertainment in this area.

Several members had young children, making them well aware that the costs of baby sitters, restaurants and movie theaters could make an evening out prohibitively expensive.

After thinking about all kinds of possibilities, the group came up with an idea that has been a smashing success: Crofton City Limits, which on the second Friday of each month presents an open-microphone coffeehouse in the church's Fellowship Hall at Route 424 and Reidel Road.

For a $3 donation, patrons can enjoy an evening of entertainment and refreshments in a friendly, smoke-free atmosphere.

Barbara and Sam Crispin; Jon Inskeep and Ann Chafin; and Nancy and Ed Marsh were deeply involved in the planning. All three couples have remained strong supporters of the coffeehouse, and Ed was a beloved and active participant until his death last fall.

Musicians, storytellers and poets are invited to take part in this month's coffeehouse on Friday. Performers show up and sign up that night, beginning at 7. The show begins at 7: 30.

Nancy Marsh says her favorite memories of the coffeehouse have come from watching entertainers make their first forays into the world of public performance. Over the years, she has seen many musicians step nervously to the microphone at Crofton City Limits, then move on to become confident performers. Some, like Elizabeth Perez, have gone on to record a compact disc.

Last month, I stopped by Crofton City Limits and was amazed at the variety of music offered. From rock to folk, instrumental to gospel, there was something for everyone.

Information: the Crispins at 410-721-2473 or Nancy Marsh at 301-261-6723.

Rose Room music

Another musical occasion will take place Saturday evening, with tickets available for this year's Rose Room event at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center in Crofton.

Arundel High School's Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble will perform big band and orchestral rhythms, directed by Phillip Butts.

Besides music and dancing, Rose Room patrons will enjoy hot soups, hors d'oeuvres, pastries and hot and cold drinks. Tickets are $15 per couple or $10 a person. Reservations: 410-672-5678 during evenings or 301-677-3613 during days.

`Night Before' affair

Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce is among the county chamber groups sponsoring the annual "Night Before the Session" preview of the General Assembly session. Local business people are invited to learn about this year's proposals and other government activities that might affect them.

The program will be held at the Annapolis Radisson Hotel from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Tickets -- available at the door -- are $25 for members of sponsoring chambers and $30 for nonmembers. Information: Maryland Chamber of Commerce, 410-269-0642.

Shrimp fund-raiser

Gambrills Athletic Club will hold a shrimp feast from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the club building next to its baseball field on McKnew Road in Gambrills.

In addition to hot, steamed shrimp, the menu will include fried chicken, sausage, parsley potatoes, salads, dessert and beverages. The musical group Vintage will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22, and the proceeds will support the club's youth baseball program. Information: Chuck Fisher, 410-987-4426.

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