Please excuse the droplets of turquoise water and bits of pink conchshell you find scattered throughout today's column. I just returned from a glorious week in the Florida Keys and am not ready to forget my trip to paradise.

But, sigh, back to reality.

The next best thing to floating among the keys and cays of the Atlantic is boating on the Severn and Magothy rivers.

If you don't already qualify as an old salt, sign up for the seven-week, 13-lesson "Boating Skills and Seamanship Course," beginning at 7 p.m. Monday and continuing from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays through April 13.

The class, presented by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Magothy River Flotilla 18, will be conducted at Magothy River Middle School on Peninsula Farm Road in Arnold. A nominal fee will cover thecost of materials.

This very thorough course includes everything from boat construction, safety and navigational rules to trailering, radio-telephone and inland waterways.

Five of the seven instructors are residents of this area: Tom Meyer, Margo Capra and Clyde McLaughlin are from Severna Park; Dana Schubert and Richard Miller hail from Arnold.

Capra, public education officer for the auxiliary, headsthe classes. For more information, call her at 647-5906.


If you can shut your eyes and smell the greasepaint and hear the roar ofthe crowd -- or even if you just have a secret longing to take a bow-- you'll want to be in the audience at Annapolis' Maryland Hall forthe Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, to meet New York theater director Jerome H. Cargill.

Cargill will be in town to direct the 1992 Red Stocking Follies, a full-scale musical review in its 10th year, sponsored by the Severn Town Club Inc.

Folks are invited to perform onstage as dancers, singers, musicians and actors, or as backstage help. Whether or not you know the difference between a quarter-note and a curtain call, you and your neighbors will be trained by the director to perform whatever part you would like.

Performers will wear costumes from New York City.

Three weeks of rehearsals have been scheduled.

Show times will be 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22.

Janet Morgan of Arnold is president of the 54-year-old club, which distributes all follies' proceeds to such local organizations as Maryland Hall.

For further information concerning your Broadway debut, contact talent chairman Marty Murray at 647-4364 or program chairman Sue Norris at 647-4909.


Quiet Waters Park has come up with a unique idea to help feed those who are down on their luck, and it requires a little help from us.

The park is asking for the donation of a working frost-free refrigerator, 18 cubic feet or larger, to use in its pilot food-distribution program, Another Helping.

The program would distribute food left over from Blue Heron Center weddings and parties to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and other food programs.

For more information, call 222-1777.


The months following the death of a loved one will be filled with emotional, spiritual and physical upsand downs.

To help, the Hospice of the Chesapeake (formerly Arundel Hospice) is offering a free, month-long bereavement support group from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, through Tuesday, April 7, atSeverna Park United Methodist Church on Benfield Blvd.

The groupsprovide ample time for questions, discussion and the companionship of others who care and understand.

Because of limited enrollment, reservations must be made by Friday, Feb. 28.

Call 987-2129 between9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


A two-week potpourri of events open to the public from March 3 to 14 at Anne Arundel Community College will celebrate cultural and career achievements possible for women in the '90s.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, March 4, a discussion of opportunities and obstacles in traditionally male-dominated professions is scheduled.

Panelists at the free event are pediatrician Elizabeth Fronc, M.D.; engineer Linda Blanchard, of Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group; the Rev. Sandy Taylor, pastor, Severna Park United Methodist Church; and Vivian Armor, manager of human resources development with Westinghouse.

In the Student Services Center cafeteria at noon on Monday, March 9, county police Sgt. Bonnie Welsh will present a free lecture on "Rape Prevention."

For more information about the women's celebration, call Maggie Kiewitt at 541-2425.


It may still be February, but members of the Severna Park YMCA Swim Team act like it's the middle of summer. They keep right on swimming, and right on winning.

So far this month, the SPY team has won its 111th straight meet, defeating the Talbot County YMCA, 540 to 144. The team also has been named league champion for the 14th straight year.

We'll find out next week how the team did at the Y championships.


The Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a business mixerfrom 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Meridian Nursing Center on Truckhouse Road.

To make reservations, call Judy Frost at 544-4220; for more information, contact Executive Director Linda Zahn at 987-6625.


Students at Severn School are regularly accepted by thecollege of their first choice. Receiving early decision selections were: from Severna Park, Marisa Braun -- Princeton University; Greg Freeman -- Brown University; Milford Marchant -- the Johns Hopkins University; Jason Moran -- Yale University.

From Arnold, David Maher -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and from Millersville, Brett Schelenski -- University of Richmond.

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