County Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

November 20, 2008

Maritime museum celebrates renovation

The Annapolis Maritime Museum will celebrate the renovation of the historic McNasby Oyster Co. building with a grand reopening ceremony from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at 723 Second St., Annapolis.

The $1.2 million project was funded by the state, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and the City of Annapolis, along with corporate and private donations, plus fundraisers.

The 7,000-square-foot building features an assembly hall, caterer's kitchen and a large exhibition gallery. Offices, a meeting/class room, and a curator's workshop are still under renovation. The key permanent exhibition, Oysters on the Half Shell, will be installed by the spring of 2010. The museum's first of a series of rotating exhibits will open Dec. 1.

Based on the book the museum published in October, Over the Bridge: A History of Eastport at Annapolis by Ginger Doyel, the exhibition will feature a selection from the book's historic photographs, including the panoramic view across Annapolis Harbor from the Eastport shore in the late 1800s. This image was digitally stitched together from three individual photographs, and makes up one side of the four-page gatefold in the center of the book.

"We're inviting the public to join all of our members and supporters to see what a beautiful asset the museum is providing to the community," says Museum Chairman L.B. "Buck" Buchanan.

"Architect Kirby Mehrhof and the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. have done an incredible job transforming a storm-torn oyster house into a facility that's sure to become a world-class waterfront education center."

A brief annual meeting for recognition of museum volunteers, sponsors and supporters, and the election of officers for 2008 also will be held.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Information: 410-295-0104.

Adoption festivities

The Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County will hold a National Adoption Day event at 9 a.m. today as the Honorable Michael E. Loney presides over the adoptions in Courtroom 4C of children from 7 months old to 11 years.

Festivities begin with Robert Wallace, court administrator, playing bagpipe music at the county courthouse. Speakers will include Robert P. Duckworth, clerk of the court, who was adopted at age five.

After the adoption proceedings, refreshments will be served in the fourth-floor gallery. The newly formed families will be treated to a family portrait by a local photographer.

Celebrated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, National Adoption Day sees more than 300 events held throughout the country to finalize the adoptions of children in foster care, and to celebrate all families who adopt.

Lunch with Santa

The Odenton Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Lunch with Santa from noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the fire hall, 1425 Annapolis Road.

The cost is $5 per person and includes lunch and a Santa treat. Reservations with advance payment are required. Registration will be taken at the firehouse from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 29. Information: 410-674-2438.

Collections for needy

Anne Arundel County Public Schools students and employees are partnering for the second consecutive year with the United Way of Central Maryland to collect food, toiletries, school supplies and other items for the county's needy.

Students as well as employees at the school system's central and satellite offices have been collecting items to be donated. Those items, and food collected by corporate partners, will be assembled in baskets during a National Family Volunteer Day event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the school system's Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis. Approximately 200 people are expected to participate.

The National Family Volunteer Day event will also give children an opportunity to make cards for shut-ins and those in hospitals and take part in a coloring contest. Students and teams from schools are encouraged to participate by registering for the event at www.uwcm.org/family.

Annual Reindeer Run

Tom's seventh annual Reindeer Run will be held Nov. 29 at the West Laurel Community Building, 16501 Supplee Lane.

Check-in and on-site registration starts at 8 a.m. and the 5 kilometer run at 9 a.m. Refreshments, music and Santa Claus will also be available after the race.

The race is held in memory of Tom Linsenmeyer, who took his own life in March 2001 at the age of 17.

Proceeds from the race will go to Sarah's House in Fort Meade, a shelter for the homeless and those in need. Information: 410-551-7722.

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