It's time to enjoy the Bay's bounties


CHESAPEAKE Appreciation Days at Sandy Point State Park should be high on your list of neat things to do this weekend. Tomorrow and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can taste the best of the Bay's bounty, watch Skipjack races or participate in ++ lots of games and activities.

One of the highlights of this Chesapeake Bay Foundation fund-raiser takes place Sunday afternoon when the winner of "Storm Over Rock Hall" will be announced. This striking watercolor was painted in 1990 by well-known Eastern Shore artist Martha Hudson and is valued at more than $2,000. It was selected earlier this year to grace the Budweiser Commemorative Chesapeake Bay steins, posters and billboards. Silent bids -- minimum of $500 -- have been mailed in, but bids will be taken until the drawing at 4 p.m. Sunday. Hudson plans to be on hand to sign "Storm over Rock Hall" posters. Admission to the celebration is $5.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Too bad I can't attend the grand opening of Cirque du Soleil's "Nouvelle Experience" at the National Mall in Washington tonight. I hear they're expecting star-studded celebs like Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Robert Redford, all of whom are in the Washington area making a movie. This French-Canadian circus features 39 jugglers, contortionists, balancing acts and trapeze artists from around the world. And the costumes are just as spectacular as the acts. The circus is performed under special tents only in malls throughout the world. The show will be in Washington through Nov. 7 and tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets. Call 481-6000.

HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Otto Natzler, one of the foremost potters in the world, was in Baltimore last night for the Collector's Show at the National Museum of Ceramic Art, 250 Pratt St. The estate of the late Morton Blaustein has loaned 40 or so pieces of Natzler's work to the show. I am told by potter friends that Natzler is best known for his amazing glazing techniques. The show opens to the public Oct. 30.

FREE FOR ALL: How would you like to win a free ticket to see "My Fair Lady" opening night at the Morris Mechanic Theatre on Oct. 29? All you have to do is show up at Hopkins Plaza at noon on the 29th in your glitziest, most unusual hat. This contest is open to men and women, and if you're judged in the top 20, you'll win a ticket. "Hats at Hopkins Plaza" is just one of the ways the theater will be celebrating its 25th anniversary season with Baltimoreans this year. Call 625-4230 for additional information.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Spotlighters have selected the American classic "The Grapes of Wrath" as their next production. Audrey Herman, president and artistic director of the theater group, is returning to the stage to portray Ma Joad. Others starring in the 30-member cast are Bill Grauer, Joseph Moore, Robert Bayer and Justine Williams, a theater student at the Baltimore School for the Arts. The show runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1 and tickets may be reserved by calling the Spotlighters at 752-1225.

TIGER ALERT. . . The Tiger Club of Towson State University is the athletic fund-raising arm of the school. Alums, parents and friends of Towson State are invited to attend the homecoming game against Hofstra's Flying Dutchmen at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, followed by the fifth annual Homecoming Bull and Oyster Roast, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Towson Center. Tickets are $25 and proceeds go to the university's general athletic fund to help deserving student athletes pay for their education. Call the Tiger Club, 830-3284, to reserve your tickets.

BIRTHDAYS: Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski, Oct. 17; Tamara Nelson, WMIX radio, Oct. 17; Del. Donald Elliott, Oct. 18; Sen. Michael Wagner, Oct. 20; Jim Oliver, WITH radio, Oct. 20; Rudy Miller, WMAR-TV, Oct. 21; Sen. Arthur Dorman, Oct. 21; Sen. Laurence Levitan, Oct. 22; Del. Rose Mary Hatem Bonsack, Oct. 24; Rick Colom, WITH radio, Oct. 24; Del. Henry Hergenroeder, Oct. 26.

Our Gal Friday

NAME: Martha Hudson

CLAIM TO FAME: Painted "Storm Over Rock Hall," which will be sold at silent auction to raise funds for Chesapeake Bay


WORK LIFE: Artist. "I sold my first painting when I was 12."

PASSIONS: The Chesapeake Bay and everything it entails.

HEROES: Claude Monet, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent.

QUOTE: "The task of the artist is not to report the facts, but to express the truth."

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