You can see a face from Annapolis' past this weekend by attending "Meet Thomas Jefferson: An Evening of Genteel Entertainment" at the Charles Carroll House.
Rob Cole, a descendant of Thomas Jefferson, bears a haunting resemblance to our third president, according to National Geographic magazine. His performance touches on many aspects of Jefferson's life, making Jefferson accessible and real to modern audiences.
"Meet Thomas Jefferson" is a highlight of the 18th Century Trades Fair at the Charles Carroll House on Saturday and Sunday. The performance will be at 8 p.m.
Daytime activities at the National Historic Landmark home will include 18th-century military life demonstrations, a tavern tent with 18th-century board games and entertainment by Seamus Kennedy and the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment Band and demonstrations in brick making, pit sawing, blacksmithing, spinning and basket making.
* The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for Charles Carroll House members and senior citizens, and $2 for students.
There is a separate $10 admission for "Meet Thomas Jefferson." The admission includes a glass of Madeira or spiced tea.
The Carroll House is on Duke of Gloucester Street, behind St. Mary's Church. For more information, call 269-1737.
The Paca House gardens on Prince George Street will be the site for a program of "Songs from The Beggars Opera" at 4 p.m. June 18.
The Father's Day performance by artists with Annapolis Opera Inc. is one of two musicales this spring. The first was on Mother's Day in Quiet Waters Park. The company takes pride in the ambience it creates with its performance, acting and costumes.
The performance will benefit the Annapolis Opera and the afternoon's co-sponsor, the Historic Annapolis Foundation. Tickets cost $20.
For more information, or to reserve tickets, call the company at 267-8135, or Thea Lindauer at 263-2710.
The 13th Annapolis Quilt Guild Show and Sale will show its colors at Annapolis Senior High School on Saturday and Sunday. Heirloom quilts will be displayed, as well as contemporary creations. Demonstrations are scheduled throughout the weekend. A Merchant's Mall and Country Store will feature work by members.
The quilt show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $4. The high school is at 2700 Riva Road. For more information, call Beverly Tignanelli at 974-4634.
There's an increasingly frequent and very welcome sight around downtown Annapolis: the tan shorts and white shirts of Town Park's valet parkers. For $2, plus regular parking charges, they will free you from your car near the Market House at City Dock, deposit the vehicle in a city garage and return it to you on demand. Many downtown restaurants and stores will validate your parking stub and cover part of the parking cost.
With Main Street under construction, Annapolis is a challenge by car, but a delight on foot, as always. Look for the green awning on the inland side of the Market House and spend your time enjoying Annapolis, instead of looking for parking. For more details, call 267-6111.
The Annapolis Chorale will begin its summer season a week from tomorrow with the first two of four Summer Sings. St. John's College is the venue June 13 for the first half of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion." The second half will be performed June 14. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m.
This is a grand opportunity for anyone who loves to be part of the music, not just to listen to it. Participation is open to all. The fee is $6, plus $2 for music rental.
Because there is a limited number of scores available, you are asked to make reservations by calling the chorale office at 263-1906.
Subsequent Summer Sings will take place July 11 and July 25 at St. Martin's in the Field Episcopal Church in Severna Park.
Betty Pahr of Annapolis wants all to know that the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County are holding their annual picnic and general membership meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14. The meeting will be held rain or shine at the Davidsonville home of Helen Fister.
Members are asked to bring an entree, salad or dessert and a folding chair, if possible. Information: 263-5252.
Does your organization have summer events that will be of general interest in Annapolis and South County? If so, give me a call at 626-0273. I need at least two weeks' notice.