Moving night, 1993. It was like an old-fashioned barn raising: friends, friends of friends, even passers-by, it sometimes seemed, coming together focused on a single task.
They gathered at 6 p.m., and by dark we were moved from one side of town to the other, with a rented trailer, many cars, and a wonderful bunch of people who seemed to think that loading and unloading someone else's poorly packed chattels was exactly what they wanted to be doing that evening.
The group in question is loosely identified as the Chamber of Commerce softball team; I don't know what their standing is in the loose league they play in on Tuesday nights, but to us, they and the other friends who painted and pounded last week are winners, every one.
Other winners, in a different field, are the 33rd District recipients of Senatorial Scholarship Awards for the 1993-1994 school year, announced recently by State Sen. John A. Cade, R-Anne Arundel.
Scholarship money will be awarded to the following Annapolis and South County residents: Eric Bradley, Michelle McDonnell, Diane Morales, Karen Thompson, Laura Ward and Susan Wyatt, Annapolis; Karen Gardiner, Vernon Hustead and Michael Jarboe, Davidsonville; Edward Moeller and Colleen Monahan, Riva; Lydia Strasdauskas, Edgewater.
The Annapolis Senior Center must have a reputation for great trips. The bus that was reserved for its Oct. 10-14 trip to Kentucky filled up just as soon as the excursion was announced.
They have added a second bus, with reservations open until Sept. 1.
The Louisville trip includes a dinner theater, a river cruise with dinner, an Old Kentucky train trip with lunch, a visit to the Louisville Slugger baseball bat factory, and a visit to the (P Kentucky Derby Museum. (Are you tired yet?)
The $355 double occupancy fee covers all lodging, admissions and meals, except meals on the road the first day.
Fall colors should be lovely for the trip. For reservations, or for more information, call the center at 222-1818.
The 1993 Environmental Lecture Series at Quiet Waters Park continues Thursday evening with "Close Encounters of the Bat Kind," a program by Heidi Hughes, vice president of the American Bat Conservation Society.
Concentrating on facts rather than fables about bats, Hughes might change your ideas about these often misunderstood creatures.
Her talk is scheduled at 7:30 on Thursday at the Blue Heron Center.
If you can't make it to Quiet Waters, or just want another perspective on bats, look for Diane Ackerman's book "The Moon Whale Light."
The Eastport Library has it, and possibly other branches, too.
I've never been a bat fancier, but her personal tale, one of several in this delicious book, went a long way toward making me realize that bats have just as much right to this world as I do. (I'm still working on cockroaches.)
Cash prizes of $500, $350 and $250 are in line for the top three entries in the U.S. Naval Institute's 32nd annual Naval and Maritime Photo Contest. In addition, 15 honorable mention winners will each receive $100.
The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers; all photos entered must reflect the naval or maritime theme.
Color and black-and-white prints and color transparencies are eligible.
Minimum size is 5 inches by 7 inches, and transparencies must be 35mm.
To enter, attach a caption to your photo, and on a separate sheet of paper submit your name, address, telephone number, and Social Security number.
Mail it by Dec. 31 to Naval and Maritime Photo Contest, U.S. Naval Institute, 118 Maryland Ave., Annapolis 21402-5035.
For the first time in nine years, the All Navy Sailing Championships will be held in Annapolis, from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18.
The solo competition, using Academy Lasers and IMCO design windsurfers, is open to all active Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel.
The participant list is closed, but it should be great fun for spectators, too.
Debbie Carroll of the Academy's Information Office advises that the deck of the Robert Crown Sailing Center offers the best vantage point, but the deck of a boat a respectful distance away from the course would be great fun, too.
The Starlight Summer Concert Series concludes this Wednesday evening with the jazz group Moon August at Quiet Waters Park.
The free eight-week series has been sponsored by Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program. The concert is at 6:30 p.m.
The Annapolis Galleries Association is holding its annual Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Twenty-one downtown galleries will be flying yellow balloons to invite you to their displays; many will be serving refreshments, and a few will have entertainment.
Each participating gallery will have maps to guide you to all the others.
Parking for the evening can be part of the free package: The galleries will be giving out parking passes good at the new Gotts Court Garage on Calvert Street and at the Hillman Garage off Main Street.
It might be a good opportunity to check out the new Visitors Center as well.