I've not had my first glass of cider yet, nor a cup of hot chocolate that's almost too hot to hold, but I don't need the bronzing of the dogwoods to tell me fall is here. Sunday morning at the Sailboat Show sufficed. The warm clothes that I stowed somewhere logical when we moved in August have yet to surface, and layered dressing can be taken only just so far. Was it really only a few weeks ago that we could barely find the energy to move, much less work, in the heat?
One sure sign of fall is the increase in political tempo. The end is in sight, both for those seeking our votes and for those of us yet to make up our minds. Two more opportunities for candidates and voters are at hand in the Annapolis mayoral race: debates among mayoral candidates Al Hopkins, Larry Vincent and Dennis Callahan are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastport Elementary School and Thursday, Oct. 28, in the House Office Building's Joint Hearing Room. The election follows on Nov. 2.
The Annapolis Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra open their 20th anniversary season Oct. 30 with Faure's "Requiem," which the Chorale will also perform at Carnegie Hall in November, under Music Director J. Ernest Green. The Oct. 30 concert is under the direction of Dennis Assaf, music director of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society in New Orleans. Local singers Carolene Winter, soprano, and Robert Kennedy, baritone, are soloists.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $15. Call the chorale office at 263-1906.
St. John's College launches its Music in the Great Hall season at 7 p.m. Sunday with "Gems from the Baroque." Colin St. Martin is on Baroque flute, Jim Bolyard, Baroque bassoon, and Vera Kochanowsky, harpsichord.
Other concerts in the series include "Windsongs," with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, Nov. 28, and Ancient Noels and Treasured Carols," with Ensemble Galilei, Dec. 19.
Concerts are held in McDowell Hall on St. John's campus. Tickets are available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. For more information, call 263-2371, Ext. 239.
Story time for children ages 2 to 6 continues at the Annapolis, Edgewater and Eastport libraries through this month. At the Annapolis branch, 2-year-olds meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 3- to 6-year-olds at 10:15 a.m. In Eastport, children meet at 7 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.
Edgewater story times are 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.
Parents or care givers should accompany 2- and 3-year-olds.
Grandparents certainly qualify as care givers, and Anne Arundel Medical Center has a unique slant on enriching the grandparental role: a class for new and soon-to-become grandparents from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9.
The class is designed to bring grandparents up to date on infant care and current technology, including fetal monitors, sonograms and fetal nonstress tests. For those who haven't been around a baby in years, life-size infant models are available to practice feeding and diapering, including proper use of disposable diapers and bottled formulas.
(I'm sure disposable diapers are great in a pinch, but I worry about the moms who use them exclusively. What are they going to use for pressing cloths and painting clothes 20 years down the road?)
The grandparents' class will be held in the center's Tidewater Room. The class is open to men and women. It is free, and registration is required. To reserve a space, or for more information, call 224-5777.
One of my lasting memories from Ken Burns' PBS classic "The Civil War" is Julie Harris' calm, clear voice quoting the words of Mary Chestnut.
Another woman will be quoting her words tomorrow night, as Mary DeCredico Griffin speaks at St. John's College on "A Confederate Woman's Experience: Mary Boykin Chestnut."
Her lecture is the first in the 15th annual History-Dinner Lecture Series.
Mary Boykin Chestnut was the daughter of a leading Southern politician and the wife of a South Carolina statesman.
Her diaries underscore the impact of the Civil War on the Southern ruling class and are considered among the finest writing on the South's war years.
Griffin has been honored for her scholarship on the Confederate era. She is working on a book on Mary Boykin Chestnut and is an associate professor of history at the Naval Academy.
The free lecture is open to the public. It is set for 8 p.m. in the Key Auditorium on the St. John's campus.
The Anne Arundel County Watermens Association is sponsoring its annual Crab Feast from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Mayo Beach Park. The all-you-can-eat feast is $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6 to 11. Music will be by Rodney and Roy, and door prizes are part of the fun. Information: 956-3327.