What's the proper anniversary gift for 17 years?
According to my family it's those little, round hush puppies from a restaurant that considers lard a dietary staple. Yes, we celebrated 17 years of marriage at Po' Folks. (I assure you, the irony here is not wasted.)
While waiting for our dinner, I had time to consider the changes that occur in a marriage between years one and 17. For example:
* Sharing teary-eyed glances at every wedding you attend vs. no longer invited to weddings since you got into a fight at Cousin Janet's nuptials and hit hubby with a hymnal.
* Eating a romantic dinner for two by the flickering light of an Un-Candle fueled with Wesson Oil vs. eating a Hungry Man Dinner by the flickering light of your 27-inch RCA Stereo Television.
* Awakening to find a love note and a rose on the pillow vs. awakening to find a dead bug in a zip-lock Baggie, taped to a list of insecticides to buy at the Anne Arundel Farmers' Co-op.
Only eight more years to silver, Glen Burnie.
Members of the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce are preparing for the third annual Chamber Day Bull Roast this Sunday at Kurtz Beach.
The $25 adult admission price includes a menu of beef, ham, turkey, sausage, salads, vegetables and desserts. Premium beer and soft drinks are also included in the admission price.
Admission for children ages 6 to 12 is $10 and children under 6 are free.
Festivities begin at 1 p.m. Dozens of activities have been planned, including entertainment by magician Dick Steiner, horseshoe games, a Moon Walk, bingo and rides in a hot air balloon.
One of the afternoon's highlights is a live auction. Among the items featured are four box seat tickets and a parking pass for the Sept. 24 Oriole home game against Detroit; airline tickets; an area rug; weekend getaways; and gift certificates for dinner at local restaurants.
Tickets are available from chamber members or by contacting the chamber office, 766-8282.
Parents and teachers are invited to an Open House at the Parent Involvement Center, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at Oakwood Elementary School, 330 Oak Manor Drive.
This is the first year for the center, which serves parents of children prekindergarten through senior high who are in the county school system.
Throughout the month, workshops will be presented to help families address the challenges of parenting, including lap story-time, health issues, college admission testing, conflict resolution and behavior problems.
For information on the center or any of the programs, call 222-6429.
Speakers will be looking for a grin, a giggle or a guffaw from the audience when the Glen Burnie Toastmasters Club has a humorous speech contest, 7 p.m. tomorrow at the North County Library on Eastway.
Contestants will be judged in three categories including prepared speeches and remarks on an impromptu topic.
Prospective members and guests are welcome to attend the meeting.
The chapter has announced the election of a new board: John Richardson, president; Janet Tzanakis, vice president-education; Cathy Kellenbenz, vice president-membership; Harry Brown, vice president-public relations; Anne Hannon, secretary; Josi Osborn, treasurer; and Paul Metz, sergeant-at-arms.
For additional information on the group, call 544-2229 or 859-8899.
"Septemberfest" -- a celebration of the Glen Burnie Park community -- will be held from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday at Marlboro and Everett roads. Neighbors are invited to enjoy an afternoon of picnicking, games and contests sponsored by the Glen Burnie Park Civic Association.
Wanda Harding, event chairwoman, says a full day of activities has been planned.
County police officers will conduct a bike rodeo. First-place trophies will be awarded in three age categories: 6 to 7 years old, 8 to 10, and 11 to 12.
In addition, residents can help cut down on lost or stolen bikes by registering the serial numbers with the county police.
The winner of a contest for the best-dressed bicycle (or tricycle or Big Wheel) will take home a new bike helmet. There is no age limit.
The true competitive spirit of the community may come forth during some of the other contests: pie eating or hula hooping, singing or baking.
"This is a chance for the community to get together and have fun" said Mrs. Harding. "We also are trying to encourage [families] to join the association."
As an added enticement, new members will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Seaside seafood restaurant and a gift certificate for a case of beer.
Only residents of Glen Burnie Park are eligible to join.
Annual dues are $10 a family.
Local artisans will be displaying handcrafted gift items, holiday decorations and jewelry. A limited number of tables are still available for crafters.
In lieu of a fee, crafters are asked to donate one of their craft items for the GBPCA to use as a prize.
For information on the availability of craft tables or entry to any of the contests call 768-5160 or 766-7676.
The Ladies of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Trinity Council 3413 is having a flea market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Columbian Center, 335 N. Ritchie Highway.