Weather this hot leaves us with only two options: Stay inside with the air conditioner cranked up to "environmentally reckless," or try the season's coolest fad -- little plastic bags filled with chipped ice strategically tucked inside your unmentionables.
Umbrellas were the accessory of choice during the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce 21st annual Independence Day Parade. But there was not enough rain to dampen the spirits or to prevent this year's event from being the best ever.
With so many parade entries, being named a winner was a major accomplishment. Winning in the community groups category were: Olde Severna Park, first place; Oak Hill, second; and Linstead, third.
Winners in the commercial category were: O'Conor, Piper and Flynn, first; Toad Computers, second; and O'Shea's Pub, third.
Walking unit winners: Jazzercise, first; and the Severna Park YMCA Swim Team, second.
Mobile winners: Needlejuice D.J. Services, first; Caribbean Cruiser, owned by Greg Nevins, second; and Severna Park Assistance Network, third.
Vintage car winners: Greater Severna Park Classic Car Club, first; and Bill Strawberry's Model A, second.
Nonprofit winners: Severn and Magothy Rivers Water-ski Club, first; Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horse Club, second; and Trail Blazers Horse Club, third.
Before you leave for the beach, you'll want to purchase an Ocean City Dine and Fun '95 savings book.
This money-saving coupon book, offered by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce, is $15. A portion of the proceeds benefits the chamber.
The books are available at the Paper Mill, 40 West McKinsey, and Travel Unlimited, 523 Benfield Blvd. Or call, 987-6625.
Hospice of the Chesapeake and Le Massage have joined forces to raise funds for the hospice. The Millersville facility provides care and bereavement services to all county residents who are terminally ill as well as their loved ones.
Jeanette Jenkins, a hospice volunteer and owner of Le Massage, will give a full-body Swedish massage for $25. This is half the usual price. All proceeds will be donated to the hospice for the care of its indigent patients.
This offer continues until Tuesday. Call 410-437-3279.
* The hospice needs volunteers to help with patient care, bereavement programs and office support. To learn more, call Sarah Totushek or Renie Knudson at 987-2003.
Local actors and actresses abound in the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre production of "Annie," which runs until Sept. 2.
Directed by Peter Kaiser, Anne Arundel Community College performing arts manager, "Annie" features Kevin Wheatley as Daddy Warbucks.
Doug Kotula, acting arts teacher at Severna Park High School, plays Drake. Also from Severna Park are Mary Alex Dundics, Isabel Clark and Ranae Hanker. Clark's dog, Missy, plays Sandy.
Among the cast of orphans are Melissa Gardner of Benfield Elementary School, Meghan Taylor and Jessica MacMillan of St. John the Evangelist, Angie Boss of Cape St. Claire Elementary, and Katy and Bridget Smith of Annapolis Area Christian School.
From Arnold are Jack Gilbert, Thom Walker, Jason Claiborne and Anna Walker.
Shows are at 8:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. For reservations, call 268-9212.