How do you feel about bats? No, not the kind the Orioles swing. I mean the furry little flying kind.
Consider this: There were more blossoms on Central County trees this spring than ever before. Right now, there are more tiny, green cherries forming on one branch of my Kwaizan cherry tree than the entire tree had in previous summers. There are so many birds, squirrels and rabbits in my yard, Disney studio could produce an exciting new feature, "The Rodent King."
Stay with me, please. There were so many lightning bugs in my back yard last night, they were playing shadow puppet with the mosquitoes.
It only follows that when there are this many bugs, look out for bats. Still, they do have cute little faces, and they eat enormous quantities of insects every night.
Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company's July Carnival starts Monday and continues through July 15.
The hours are 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Special $9.50 Ride All Night tickets can be used Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The fire company is in its 77th year of service to our community. Attending the carnival would be a good way of saying "Thanks."
For more information, call 647-3119.
Jamal Koram, the Story Man, brings his collection of old and new African and African-American stories and songs to the county library's summer reading program this week.
He will appear today at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Broadneck branch; at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Severna Park branch; and at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. July 27 at the Provinces branch.
The show is free and is intended for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Reservations aren't necessary. For more information, call 222-7371.
Here are a few more names to add to last week's list of young performers in the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre production "Bye Bye Birdie."
Cast members residing or attending school in Central County are: Michael Balderson, Lorraine Boozer, Hayley Clark, Ben Capistrant, Angelica Divens, Patrick Fleming, Bobby Hubbard, Courtney Kerr, Brian Kolstad, Katy Mazz, Jake Posko, Anna Roberts, Laura Shaw, Erin Wegner, Kelly Wheatley and Kara Williams.
The show is being presented in the outdoor theater near Annapolis harbor at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through July 26.
For more information, call 268-9212.
* Central County seems to be an exceptional training ground for future Thespians. You can see our talented kids in productions by the Annapolis Children's Theatre, Anne Arundel Community College's Moonlight Troopers, church and school theatrical groups, and the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.
Naturally, we expect to see you Tuesday at the annual Fourth of July parade and fair. The parade, sponsored by Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce, begins about 10:30 a.m. on Evergreen Road in Old Severna Park and continues along McKinsey Road and B&A; Boulevard. The community fair will be held in Park Plaza after the parade.
For more information, call 987-6625.
Congratulations to Bob and Mary Lord, whom God joined in marriage July 22, 1939, and no man has even tried to put asunder.