County Digest

COUNTY DIGEST

November 30, 2008

Orchestra to host Read Between the Wines

The Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will hold its second annual Read Between the Wines from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Loews Hotel in Annapolis.

The book and wine event, honoring local and regional best-selling and award-winning authors, raises funds for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

This year's authors include three mystery, two thriller, two young adult/teen, two children's and three nonfiction writers and two illustrator/photographers. In addition to wine and refreshments, door prizes will be given away.

An auction of such items as an author's critique of a manuscript, a breakfast and a lunch with an author, a signed original illustration also will be held. A raffle will include a getaway, a selection of premier wines, and a hand-picked selection of leather-bound classics.Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets are available by calling the ASO box office at 410-269-1132, or sending a check to: FASO, P.O. Box 1974, Annapolis, Md. 21404.

GOP committee elected

The Republican State Central Committee of Anne Arundel County has elected Alan Rzepkowski as president and Ashley Reed as vice chair, effective with the December meeting.

Other officers are: Jason Rheinstein, legal counsel; James Appel, treasurer; Victor Henderson, recording secretary; and Pam Scarbro, corresponding secretary.

Holiday open house

The Benson-Hammond House will hold its 23rd annual holiday open house, Patchwork Made With Love, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 7 at the circa-1830s historic home at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road, Linthicum.

The free event will showcase 10 antique quilts from the collection of the home's museum, plus small quilts for doll beds and table tops belonging to friends of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society. The house will be decorated for the holidays and open for tours to the sounds of holiday music.

The event will include a display of about a dozen Paul's Puppets and marionettes from the Linthicum-area troupe that was popular from the 1930s to the 1960s, even having its own twice-weekly TV show from 1948 to 1957.

Information: 410-544-8473.

Decorator Showcase

The Springhill Center for Family Development will hold its Christmas House Decorator Showcase Saturday to Dec. 21 at its home at 1134 Bacon Ridge Road, Crownsville.

Top designers have transformed the 1850s historic mansion into an elegant holiday showcase. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the center, which focuses on strengthening the moral fiber of family life through workshops, marriage preparation, family activities, parenting and leadership programs for youth.

Hours for house tours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 if purchased by Saturday, and $20 afterward. Groups of 10 or more are $15 each.

County bureau awarded

The Maryland Office of Tourism Development recently recognized the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau with several awards for its efforts on behalf of the tourism industry during the Maryland Governor's Tourism Industry Conference.

Susan Steckman, vice president of communications, received the Marketing Partner of the Year award for planning and presenting the fifth annual Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance Media Marketplace in August.

The media marketplace brought together more than 60 journalists and 50 destination marketing organizations from the region for story ideas on popular tourism destinations.

Sales Director Joyce Stinnett Baki was given a Cooperative Promotion award for coordinating the North American Towne Crier Championship, which brought more than 20 town criers from around the U.S. and Canada for a competition.

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