One surely cannot get through spring -- with a weekly column -- without commenting on the garden and its lessons.
This year's learning involves mustard greens.
A seed packet that would do for a 50-foot row went into a 5-foot space, and we have dense mustard, enthusiastic mustard, HOT mustard.
I loved the little leaves in salads and in rice, but the big guys are being passed on to the third friend, who suggested we plant them in the first place. He apparently does wonderful things with a marinade for chicken, and we're happy to indulge him.
Next year, the same space goes to more of the makings for Herbs de Provence.
Tomorrow is a sparkling night for the youth production of the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. It's the opening of "Bye Bye Birdie," the enthusiastic spoof of '50s rock 'n' roll groupies.
Thirty-three cast members range in age from 11 to 18.
Lead roles include Ken Keech as Conrad Birdie, Lorraine Boozer Kim MacAfee, Ben Jones as Albert and Lauren Ziemski as Rose Alvarez.
"Bye Bye Birdie" will play at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday nights through July 26.
Tickets cost $7 for all performances, with a special price for groups of 20 or more.
"Nunsense" continues as the weekend production through July 8. "Annie" opens July 14 and runs through Sept. 2.
The Annapolis Summer Garden Theater is at the edge of downtown, at 143 Compromise St.
B6 For reservations, call the box office at 268-9212.
Spring raised its head for a last hurrah last week with a few days crystal clear, delightful weather.
Those of us who have been in these parts for a while (three whole years, for yours truly) know that such weather won't last, however. True summer is a challenge in Annapolis. Luckily, Anne Arundel Medical Center is ready with advice for summer disasters and guidance to avoid them.
More than a half-dozen summer hazards are addressed with packaged information, including: prevention and care of sunburn Dr. Rich Pfau; preventing or caring for the strains and sprains of summer backyard athletes by Dr. Allen Egloff; treatment of wasp and bee stings, and other allergy questions by Dr. Arthur Schwartz; health issues for children by Dr. Stanley Weimer; tips on keeping picnic food healthy in strong summer sun.
For further information on these and other summer health topics, call 267-1373.