I received word from my older sister last week that a good friend had died. More a friend of our mother's than ours, actually, but special to us because she was such a friend to our mother.
Libby's death hit hard for many reasons. No one knew she was ailing. She lived alone and was missed but not found for a couple of days. As so often happens, we sisters realized we had short-changed ourselves, and maybe her, by having too little contact since our mother's death 10 years ago.
We didn't know her age, but she must have been in her mid- to late 60s when she died, a bridge between Mother and us. I realize that the last time I saw her for an evening, to talk, she was only a couple of years older than my sister and I are now. This is a leveling experience.
It's Libby as a bridge that rivets my attention now. She represents the small but significant links in a larger chain, the ones that hold generations together and foster understanding and acceptance in both directions. I realize that I know my mother better now than I did when she was alive, in part through getting to know her friend.
Buying a house is one of the most important decisions a family can make, but it isn't necessarily right for everyone.
Arundel Community Development Services will give potential homeowners an opportunity to assess the pros and cons of buying a house at a free seminar Wednesday at Eastport Terrace/Harbor House Apartments.
The seminar will address how to tell if home ownership is right for you, and the benefits of Individual home buying counseling.
For information, call 222-7860.
"Annie" opened at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre Friday, and will run Thursday through Sunday evenings at 8:30 p.m. through Sept. 2.
For this delightful musical that features a lot of children, two young actors were chosen for each child's role, and each group will do half the shows.
Cast members from Annapolis are Kristi Ambrosetti, a St. Mary's High School student, as Duffy; Amanda Smear, a Bates Middle School student, as Pepper; CeCe Newbrough as Miss Hannigan; Ray Fulton as Rooster; Eloise Ullman as Grace Farrell (on Sundays); Morey Norkin as FDR; Adam Conklin is in the ensemble; and Lesley Rauch is an ensemble member and dance captain.
Davidsonville residents Katie Angevine and Meghan Bradshaw also are in the cast. Katie attends South River High School and is in the ensemble; Meghan, playing Tessie, is a St. Mary's student.
Mother and daughter Ellen and Carrie Ponder of Edgewater have three roles: Ellen is one of the Boylan sisters and a member of FDR's Cabinet, and Carrie, a Key School student, is the second orphan Duffy.
Cast members from Riva are Sarah Carter, an Annapolis Area Christian School student who plays July, and Pamela Phillips, sharing the Grace Farrell role.
Tickets are $9 Thursday and Sunday and $10 Friday and Saturday. There are special rates for seniors, children 12 and under, and groups of more than 20. Call 268-9212.
The theater is at 143 Compromise St., across from City Dock.
Electric Brigade, the U.S. Naval Academy's contemporary music group, will perform a free concert at West River Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by South County Cultural Arts.
Electric Brigade, a 10-piece ensemble, performs Top 40 rock and draws enthusiastic audience response.
The group has toured Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Bermuda and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as playing land-bound gigs in Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest states.
The South County Summer Series is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County, and individual donors.
For more information, call 867-0888, or 301-261-5613.