Several years ago, through a variety of lucky circumstances, I was able to take a five-month trip, living out of one suitcase and having a delicious time.
Lots of people asked how I could stand being away from home so long. The answer was that it was easy, because I loved all the new things we were seeing, and I didn't particularly like where I was living at the time.
I'd have a lot more trouble being away from Annapolis for five months (though I'm open to the challenge, if someone wants to fund me), but I could manage 10 days to two weeks with no trouble at all.
Say, perhaps, a 10-day trip to the Holy Land, such as the Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church is sponsoring. The tour leaves on ec. 8, and in eight days visits Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, Massada, Jericho, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, Nazareth, Cana, Mount Carmel, Tel Aviv, and many other significant sites. There's even a free day for shopping or personal sightseeing in Jerusalem.
First-class hotels, air-conditioned tour buses, an English-speaking guide, entry fees, and two meals a day are included in the $1,449 tour fee. The Rev. Levi Brown, leading the trip for the fifth time, has a deadline of Oct. 7 for reservations. A $200 deposit is required. Participants then have until Nov. 15 to pay the rest of the fee. Up to 30 people can be included.
For further information, call Mr. Brown at 266-5090, or Otho Johnson at 267-6744.
If you spent this summer running and think you're ready for a marathon, sign up for the Annapolis Striders' 26.2 kilometer Metric Marathon Oct. 10 at Southern High School in Harwood, 10 miles south of Annapolis.
Mail entry ends Friday. Registration on race day begins at 7 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m. Advance registration is $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers. On race day, the fees are $4 and $5.
The 16.3-mile course covers gently rolling hills, with two significant hills on paved roads. There will be regular water stops, random prize drawings, refreshments and awards to the top two finishers in the men's and women's open division and the top two finishers in all age divisions.
For more information, call the Annapolis Striders Hot Line at 268-1165.
Prostate cancer is the most common tumor and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men. Those most at risk are men over 50, those over 40 if there is a family history of prostate cancer, and African-Americans.
Anne Arundel Medical Center is making a concerted effort to encourage early detection of prostate cancer, which can develop and spread with no warning signs. Free screenings are being offered this week, Prostate Cancer Awareness Week.
The free screenings are tomorrow, Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Transportation to the screenings may be available through community outreach workers.
For more information on the screening, or to schedule an appointment, call 224-5750.
Now that fall is officially here, and the weather is even occasionally reflecting that fact, one's "grounds" again beckon and beg for attention. Luckily, this is about the best time of the year to plant things.
Inspiration is available this Saturday at the Edgewater Library on Stepney Lane, when author Allen Lacy speaks at 2 p.m. on "Plants of Low Ambition and High Aspirations."
The lecture and slide show are based on his book, "Gardening with Ground Covers and Vines."
The London Town Foundation, sponsor of the lecture through a gift from the Abraham and Ruth Krieger Family Foundation, will host a reception and book signing and plant auction at the London Town Publick House and Gardens after the lecture. Plants include a variety of woody and herbaceous specimens contributed by leading growers. Care instructions will be supplied.
Admission to the lecture, reception and auction is $20 per person or $30 per couple; admission for London Town Foundation members is $15 and $25.
Seating is limited, and registration is required. For your place, call 222-1919.
From tomorrow through next March, the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis is playing host to "Highland Beach: The First 100 Years," a collection of photographs, documents and artifacts related to the community located just to the southeast of Annapolis.
Sharing museum space with the exhibit are paintings of the community in oil and watercolor by artists Edith Irene Thompson Martin and Juette Johnson Day.
Highland Beach was established in 1893 by Charles Douglass, son of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, after he was refused food at a Bay Ridge resort because of his race.
Mr. Douglass bought 40 acres of land near the resort and sold lots to black families.
The exhibits are free. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The museum is located at 24 Franklin St. in Annapolis, off Church Circle.
For more information on the Highland Beach exhibit or other museum activities, call 974-2893.
A reminder: Access to this column for your group, event, or recognition of interest to the Annapolis/South County community is easy: just call me at 263-2421.
I'm often at home to take your call, and my answering machine is generally on.