I'm in love -- with space and line and natural beauty.
Last week, I was treated to a personal tour of Quiet Waters Park by ranger Lisa Shore, who showed me the Visitor Center, the skating rink, the Blue Heron Center, the galleries, plus many of the paths and pavilions. I came away with a new appreciation of the scope of the park, its potential and the true treasure it is for the county.
A crisp, cloudless day with the fall colors at their peak certainly helped my impressions, I must admit.
I was struck particularly by the quiet of the rolling acres, perhaps particularly welcome after the noisy enthusiasm of two weeks of boat shows.
The point of this rapture is, I'll bet there are thousands of people who haven't made acquaintance with Quiet Waters Park since it opened two years ago; you owe it to yourself and your family to begin the exploration. Quiet Waters is user-friendly; unlike state parks, it welcomes your dog, on a leash, and there's a wheelchair available for daily loan.
Wednesday would be a good time to visit. An opening ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. for the new Backyard Composting Demonstration Project along the Wildwood Trail near the Blue Heron Center. A self-guiding tour brochure is available at the site, describing the many heaps, hoops, bins and barrels that can be built or bought to turn food, yard and garden waste into compost.
The park also is seeking volunteers to assist with the upkeep and maintenance of the composting project, and to give presentations to the public about backyard composting. Interested folk can call the park between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 222-1777.
The Crabtowne Skiers, Inc. will hold its general membership meeting at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Clipper Club on Kincaid Road. There's a $3 admission for non-members, and sign-up starts at 7:30 p.m.
The group sponsors a wide variety of day and weekend, or longer, trips, from scuba diving in Cozumel (Nov. 12-16) to skiing in Vail, Colo. (Feb. 20-27). Members get reduced rates or non-members pay a premium, depending on whether your view of the glass is half full or half empty.
For more information, call Paul Medford at 263-6579.
The YWCA Woman's Center is offering a two-art workshop entitled "Career Design: Career Planning for Professional or Managerial Women." The course is intended for experienced professional or managerial women seeking upward mobility, career change, or who are dealing with recent unemployment.
The workshops. "Establishing Goals" and "Achieving Visibility and Marketing Yourself," will be held at the YWCA Woman's Center Satellite at the Severna Park YWCA, 17 Cypress Creek Road, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 . There is a fee, and YWCA membership is required.
Call 268-4393 or 269-0378 for more information or to register.
There is possibly nothing more important to the future of the country than our children, and our responsibility to lead them to maturity with healthy minds and attitudes, as well as healthy bodies. In this light, two forthcoming opportunities warrant our attention.
The first, which requires advance registration, is a Family Dynamics Workshop in Parental Leadership from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at Bay Ridge Christian Church, 1071 Bay Ridge Road in Annapolis.
The $12.50 fee covers continental breakfast, lunch buffet and workshop materials. Both parents in a family are encouraged to attend; single parents are equally welcome.
The second event is the grand opening of the Anne Arundel Medical Center's Pathways facility, set for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. This unique source of rehabilitation for adolescents and young adults with alcohol and drug addiction problems offers an alternative to sending troubled young people to neighboring states for treatment.
Located off Riva Road at Harry S Truman Parkway, Pathways has a 16-bed residential unit for adolescents, a 16-bed unit for young adults, an eight-bed evaluation unit and space for outpatient classrooms.
The public is invited to tour the facility, learn more about its programs, and discover ways in which individuals can enrich the program with their time, financial support, or both.
The county Recreation and Parks Department is offering a serieHoliday Crafts Workshops at the South County Recreation Center in Harwood on Ownesville-Sudley Road. The Doll Making course will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, Jewelry Making from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, and Centerpieces and Wreaths from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 and 21.
Each two-part workshop costs $15. The full series runs $40. Supplies are provided for an additional nominal fee.
Sign-up information is available at all county libraries, or at the rec and parks offices on the Crownsville Hospital grounds.
Artists and artisans are invited to participate in Hillsmere Elementary School's 6th annual juried Arts and Crafts Show.
"Christmas in the Country" is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the school on Arundel-on-the-Bay Road. Submissions in all media will be considered, as long as they were hand-made by the artist or artisan.
For details on entering your work, call Cathy Maggio at 263-0716.
Peach pie, pumpkin pie, apple dumplings, blueberry preserves . . . the United Methodist Women of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church of Annapolis, in Edgewater, will again offer apple and other fruit products from Baugher's Orchards in Westminster from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at their 9th annual Bazaar.
To get an order blank, donate goods, rent space for your own display or get more information, call Jane Wick at 956-4008.