When you're in the vicinity of Old B & A Boulevard, do you find yourself speaking with a French accent?
Do not worry, mademoiselle and monsieur. You have simply fallen under the spell of the country French transformation taking place at Cafe Bretton.
The cafe bears little resemblance to previous restaurants and taverns at this location and is being renovated under the guidance of chef Realino Da Silva and his wife, Christiane.
Although the plaster facade is intentionally rustic, the look is not easily achieved. Several stages of construction are required to give the building an appearance more at home in the European countryside than on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.
When completed, the restaurant's main entrance will be through the new silo. The expanded dining area will include a fireplace and windows overlooking a walled garden with trellised roses and espaliered plants.
The small residence and equipment building next to the cafe are slated to be refinished in the same French country style.
An extensive garden forms the backdrop for all this country charm. The vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers produced here are the work of head gardener, Bob Ray.
When he arrived last March, Mr. Ray discovered the space allotted for a garden had been a parking lot, with nothing left but hard-packed dirt and gravel.
"It took nearly 400 truckloads of dirt to improve the soil and fill the garden," said Mr. Ray. The 300-by-100-foot raised garden is defined by a low, stacked stone wall. Another wall of stone extends along the front of the property.
Produce from the garden enhances the restaurant's French country, continental and American cuisine.
"The fresh herbs really make the difference in the food," says Mr. Ray.
You may have noticed that work has begun on the Greater Severna Park Council's Route 2 Beautification Project along Ritchie Highway.
In the median strip just north of Magothy Bridge and Earleigh Heights roads, the first rows of red maples and flowering plums have been planted. Flower beds are being prepared for perennials.
This is the first phase of a project that will eventually bring new landscaping to the median strip between Magothy Bridge Road and Maryland Route 648/Whites Road, a distance of 1 1/2 miles. The state is responsible for landscaping the rest of the highway that is being improved.
Donations for the rest of the council's project are tax-deductible when made out to ASPIRE (Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement), the community's resource support group. Address donations to: ASPIRE for Route 2 Beautification Project, in care of GSPC, P.O. Box 786, Severna Park 21146. For more information, call 647-7231.
Midnight Madness begins at 6 p.m. Thursday in Park Plaza and Olde Severna Park Village. The event is sponsored by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce.
The evening's entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with a performance by the Severna Park High School Band. At 7 p.m., there will be a preview of the Annapolis Talent Machine Christmas production, at 7:30 p.m., caroling by Girl Scout Troop 1092. The cast of St. Martin's Community Theatre will perform "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 8:30 p.m.
Santa Claus will pose for photos with the kids from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
* At Olde Severna Park Village, the Severna Park High School chorus will perform at 7 p.m., members of the Talent Machine at 7:30 p.m., excerpts from "Amahl" and carols at 8 p.m. and caroling by Girl Scout Troop 1092 at 8:30 p.m.
Merely Players will paint faces at the teeter-totter from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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