Thirty-seven years is a long time to do anything, and 37 years of teaching 6-year-olds probably warrants a medal. The medal may not be there, but the honors certainly will be when St. Mary's Elementary School offers a retirement Mass and dinner for Josephine Bembe at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 5.
Hundreds of her former students will want to participate in the evening's honors, but space is limited to 350. Ticket reservations are available now at $25. Call dinner chairwoman Denise Anderson at 798-1983.
Last week I wrote about auditions for the Annapolis Opera production of "The Student Prince," and I learned later that the phone number I had been given for arranging auditions was wrong. To make an appointment, call music director Ava Shields at 544-1151 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Appointments must be made by May 17 for auditions May 21 or 23.
Quiet Waters Park's 1993 Environmental Lecture Series featuring the natural history of this area will begin Thursday with "Owls of Maryland." The 7:30 p.m. lecture is part of the Department of Natural Resources' "Scales and Tales" program, and offers a rare opportunity to get close to real owls, learn about their natural history, how they help us and how we can help them.
A $1 donation is requested to cover the speaker costs. Seating is limited, so you are asked to preregister by calling 222-1777.
* The Kiwanis Club of Shady Side is sponsoring a "Home Town Carnival," May 18 to 23. Rides include a Ferris wheel, scat, slide, sidewinder, dragon coaster, merry-go-round and kiddie boats.
It all takes place at the Shady Side Kiwanis Community Center on Snug Harbor Road. Hours are 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, there will be a "pay one price" admission, with unlimited rides for $7.
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door, or so the saying goes. But what if you've quilted a better backpack or made drop-dead earrings of faux scrimshaw? Chances are, you need to know how to market your masterpieces.
Maryland Hall has the answer, with "Marketing your Craft," a June 5 seminar in celebration of the "Year of the American Craft." The Linda Schwartz seminar is presented by Andrea Olney-Wall and the Fibre Arts Department of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
Schwartz will discuss consignments, craft shows and sales representatives, as well as record keeping, advertising, licensing and pricing. The key to success, she maintains, "is distinguishing your product from others." The particulars of marketing in the Annapolis area will be included.
The seminar is set for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Registration before June 1 is $28;after June 1, $48. Space is limited, and advance registration at the Maryland Hall office is required. All area crafts people and visual artists are invited. Maryland Hall is at 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Information: 263-5544.
The gardens of the William Paca House were outstanding i Colonial Annapolis, and they are again, but there was a period when the stately acres were less than proud. In the early 1900s, the former home of William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and an early governor of Maryland, became part of the Carvel Hall Hotel. In 1965, plans were made to demolish the house. The Historic Annapolis Foundation stepped in with an ambitious campaign to preserve and restore the house and its gardens. This weekend, three days of festivities celebrate the gardens' 20 years as a public site.
"Rubble to Roses" will feature an exhibit showing the process of re-creating the garden from clues long buried under the hotel complex. A preview party in the candlelighted garden is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. The house will be decorated by local garden clubs, and the Chesapeake Youth Symphony will entertain. A sale of rare and unusual plants will take place in the garden on Saturday and Sunday, and garden tours are scheduled.
Admission to the Preview Party is $18 for foundation members, $20 for the general public. Admission to the Paca House and Garden on Saturday and Sunday is $6 for nonmembers. Those wishing to visit only the plant sale may do so without charge by entering at 1 Martin St. Entry to the house is at 186 Prince George St.
For reservations or further information, call 267-7619.