The Shady Side community will put out the welcome mat for its neighbors with an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration featuring a band concert, a country fair, games and contests for children and a memorial display at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum.
The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, under the coordination of co-president George Daly, sought memorabilia and wartime stories to commemorate the end of World War II 50 years ago. Pictures, letters, medals and artifacts will be on display at the museum, representing the battlefront and the home front.
The holiday fun will begin with a parade at 10 a.m., but parade buffs know that the best part is watching the organized chaos involved with lining up the marchers, both two-legged and four-legged. That activity begins at 9 a.m. at the Shady Side post office.
At 12:45 p.m., the Country Fair will begin at the museum, with the official tasting of cakes, pies, jellies and pickles entered by local cooks.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Bay Winds Concert Band will perform at the museum on July 4, with a free concert at 1 p.m. This year a tribute to veterans will be part of the program. Area Boy Scouts will raise the flag at the beginning of the concert and lead the audience in the pledge of allegiance.
The event continues at 2 p.m. with games for children. A refreshment stand will be open all afternoon, and family picnics are encouraged.
On a serious note for the Fourth of July, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Anne Arundel County cautions that more dogs and cats are reported missing around this holiday than at any other time of year. Loud noises such as fireworks, military salutes and even the unusual energy of a marching band can panic them.
The SPCA advises dog and cat owners to keep their pets safe by keeping them indoors tomorrow or on a leash when outdoors. An identification tag is always wise, to speed the return of your pet if it does get lost.
The boating season is in high gear, and part of the process of operating a sailboat or a powerboat is the proliferation of stuff: Things that one needs or has replaced or that literally seem to breed in the night.
Engines, rope, dinghies, brass fittings, bumpers, hatch covers, galley equipment, acrylic ice buckets with matching glasses and a tray collect in garages and boat sheds and sail boxes, hidden from the person to whom they are treasures, not jetsam.
Enter the Boat Accessory Market USA, an innovative approach to marketing marine equipment, that originated in Holland. The market enables all mariners to buy and sell their new and used equipment, parts and small boats through a consignment program, saving time and money.
The market will operate in the former Trumpy Boatyard Building at 222 Severn Ave. from Sept. 29 through Oct. 9. Consignments will be accepted on site from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily Sept. 23 to 27. Only items in good condition are accepted. The experienced staff assists sellers in setting the price, tests all electronics and outboards before sales and offers a 24-hour return policy on hardware.
For more information on policies and procedures at the Boat Accessory Market USA, call 280-1373 or fax 280-0972. Then set aside a corner or three for the stuff you're going to take in September, before going back to get more stuff.