It was a scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting, with the family gathered around the dining room table giving thanks.
Thanks for the cool breeze that poured out of our lone air conditioner last weekend. No one wanted to venture out into the blazing heat. Even the dog had more sense.
Game boards were set up, cards were shuffled and a weekend of indoor family fun awaited us.
We survived Saturday and early Sunday morning without incident. But come high noon Sunday, cabin fever beganto rear its ugly head. The shouts of outrage at the outcome of our family games were growing in their intensity.
The game my husband and I play with the thermostat was getting old fast. I knew he had made a secretive visit to it when my joints began to ache and the kids asked for blankets.
By 3 p.m., the tolerance level had been exceeded, overloaded, just plain shot. We needed a break from forced family bonding under claustrophobic conditions. Spirits brightened at the thought of being in the great outdoors.
As we filed out the door, a blast of superheated air greeted us. Beads of sweat began to form, but we pushed on.
A quick tour of the yard provided little diversion, but plenty of opportunity to think about our options. Ideas were kicked around, but little enthusiasm could be generated.
One by one,as if guided by some unseen power, we slowly gravitated toward the back door. Only a slab of wood, some glass and a piece of metal separated us from the frigid bliss that the electricity-gulping monster created. Its call was too great to be withstood a second longer.
"Last one in gets to be the waitress!"
As I slowly assembled my final serving tray of the evening (guess who lost?), a brief thought came to mind. Cabin fever can be withstood by the best of us as long as themonster is on and the munchies hold out.
The Chesapeake Soccer Federation is looking for a few good people, age 16 and older, to become soccer officials for the upcoming season. The group supplies referees for weekday high school games and weekend recreational leaguecontests.
Fleet feet, a love of the game and the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play are all that's needed. Classroom and on-the-field training is provided. Novice refs are teamed with a veteran official for games.
"Each year we work on establishing a rapport betweencounty coaches and CSF referees," said coordinator Juanita Myers. "It's a nice part-time job is you enjoy soccer."
So if you've got the time, CSF has room for you.
To get more details, call Paul or Juanita Myers at 437-1942.
The Venice-on-the-Bay Civic Association is sponsoring a crab feast from 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at the community hall, 1919 Arundel Road.
All-you-can-eat steamed crabs, corn onthe cob, crab soup, hot dogs and kraut, raw veggies, desserts, beer and setups are included in the $18 per person price.
Dance music will be played by disc jockey Mike Fabian.
To order tickets, call John or Barbara Lyba at 255-0608.
The Chesapeake Bay Middle School Student Literacy Corps reminds pupils in this year's summer reading program that only five weeks are left in the Play CLUE program.
Children who read at least three hours a week for eight weeks will earn the right to attend Mystery Event I. Those reading at least 64 hours total earn Event II, and serious bookworms who read 120 hours get treated to Event III.
Also, pupils who read 120 hours or more will have their names entered in a drawing to be "Principal for a Day."
So don't forget to mark your time sheet and have your weekly totals verified by your parents.
Stay cool, literate, unique and exciting, and the SLC will see you in September.
The Chelsea BeachResidents Association will install officers and board members at itsnext meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Waterbury Inn on Magothy Beach Road.
Barnie Biancavilla returns as president, Ken Meinhardt isvice president, Kathy Lietz is treasurer and Gerri Dukit is secretary.
Elected to the board of governors were: Lynn Biancavilla, Gary DeGrafft, Butch Goodrich, Charles Kucherer and Larry Pierce.
The Stoney Creek Democratic Club will sponsor an open house at 8 p.m.Wednesday at the clubhouse, 8123 Fort Smallwood Road.
The topic, "Living Safe in a Dangerous World," will be presented by Citizens Against Crime, the nation's largest safety organization.
The community is invited to attend.
During June and July, 14 incoming fifth-graders at Jacobsville Elementary School were involved in a workshop to prepare them to be leaders in the fall.
The pupils were selected by their fourth-grade homeroom teachers to take part in this summer enrichment program. They displayed exceptional leadership skills and will serve as role models for the upcoming school year.
The children learned to identify various leadership styles and determine the styles with which they were comfortable. They practiced and analyzed different styles of speech-giving.
Completing the Fifth Grade Leader workshop were: Kasey Burton, Karen Butler, Tracey Gero, Crystal Hayden, Jessica Henthorn, Delonya Henson, Lauren Johnston, David Lauf, Chrissy McKenzie, Cassidy Nalepa, Laurie Napier, Josh Parlaman, Angie Thompson and Laura Williams.
During the year, they will be helping fellow pupils with human relations activities.
Escape thekitchen and enjoy your meal tonight and Sunday afternoon at two events sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2462.
From 5 to 8 this evening, the post will sponsor the ever-popular shrimp night, featuring a packed menu of delicious seafood delights. On Sunday, from 2 to 6 p.m., dine and dance at the Sunday party.
Tickets are $6 and include a platter and music by a deejay.
The post home is at 1720 Bayside Beach Road. Information: 437-5629.
It's Turtle Derby time again in the hotbed of Maryland turtle racing, Pasadena.
Sunday's race will take place at 4 p.m. at Downs Park.
Ranger DaveDeVault has been busy preparing the track and predicts a good turnout for the eighth annual event.
Owners are limited to three entrieswith all makes and models of turtles allowed except snappers.
Prizes will be awarded for the fastest turtle, the best effort, the mosthandsome and many more.
After an afternoon at the races, what could be more soothing than an evening concert of big-band jazz by the U.S. Navy Commodores?
The one-hour concert begins at 6 p.m., with plenty of lawn seating available.
But no pets are allowed, so the turtles will have to sit this one out.
For more details, call the park at 222-6230.