My husband and I were in San Diego a week ago for a conference and watched the Louis Vuitton Cup qualifying race for the America's Cup (totally fogged in, but fun). We tooks tours of the Stars and Stripes, America 3 and PACT 95/Young America compounds -- three totally different crews, backgrounds and attitudes going for the same prize with equal determination.
What I came away with was awe for the technology, admiration for the passion, and envy for members of the women's team who can eat 6,000 calories a day and still lose weight.
Keeping on the nautical theme, a wonderful learning opportunity presents itself this week.
Quiet Waters Park is offering the chance to learn about sea kayaking at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Blue Heron Center.
The program will be presented by Drew Martin, manager of Eastern Mountain Sports in Towson. A slide show will be augmented by the display of a kayak and information onpreparing for short and extended kayak adventures.
With registration, the program is free, including entrance to Quiet Waters Park. Call 222-1777.
The Parole Rotary 300 Celebration will be held at Loews Annapolis Hotel on Feb. 18.
The black tie-Colonial costume event is a fund-raiser for the Rotary organization. Money raised stays in the community, benefiting a variety of programs.
Beyond the fun of a costume party, the evening features dancing and a raffle, with the chance to win a Mercedes C220, a Ford Explorer Limited, a world trip or $25,000 cash -- not a bad doggy bag.
This year, the Parole Rotary party is being held in conjunction with the Annapolis 300 celebration. Coincidentally, only 300 dinner tickets, and 300 raffle tickets will be sold. Dinner tickets cost $150 each, raffle tickets $175 and a combined dinner-raffle ticket is $300.
For information, or to order tickets, call 849-8411, or 268-7616.
Cole Porter, Ethel Ennis, Stef Scaggliari, Paul Hilfner, Keter Betts -- how can you go wrong?
Assemble your best friends for a wonderful evening at the Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra pops concert Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 at Maryland Hall.
Ethel Ennis and her jazz trio are an important part of the evening, both nights.
Add a pre-concert dinner at The Rustic Inn, Harry Brown's, Reynolds Tavern or Pusser's Landing, and you have an event to write home about.
Tickets are $15 for the concert and $30 for a dinner-concert package. Call the Annapolis Chorale office at 263-1906.
I love words, language and the challenge of unfamiliar pronunciations.
I have Robert Morris, publicist for the Robert Burns Society of Annapolis, to thank for filling me in on Ceilidh.
However you pronounce it, it sounds like fun: a Valentine Ceilidh on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Retelle Room at the Annapolis Naval Station, with music by Stan Davis and his Valentines.
A Ceilidh is "a chance to get together to dance and eat and have a good time," according to Mr. Morris. It's also a chance to share food. Guests are asked to bring a snack or dessert. Soft drinks will be provided by the Robert Burns Society.
Tickets are $10 for a couple, $5 for singles. Contact Pat Moffitt at 544-2949.
It's easy in this position to lose track of things that I announced three months ago but that still are going on.
Thanks to Peg Wallace of the Barge House Museum, who reminded me that the Richwood Toy Company's Christmas dollhouse is on display for another two weekends. It will be taken down at the end of the month, to be replaced by a watermen's exhibit in mid-March.
The Barge House Museum, at the foot of Second Street on Bayshore Drive, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, or to explore ways you could contribute to or participate in the local museum, call 268-1802.
Looking for something to do for your honey on Valentine's Day other than dinner and flowers?
Consider the Naval Academy Chamber Music Recital at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in Mitscher Hall.
The recital is free. Finding the perfect dinner afterward is your own challenge.