THE DAFFODILS are coming up, the trees are thinking very seriously about budding, and my crab grass is becoming quite lusciously green. With the sap rising and the angle of the sun changing noticeably, and shirtsleeve weather an occasional reality instead of a memory, one is reminded that "in the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love."
Quiet Waters Park is stealing a jump on those thoughts with its second Bridal Celebration Open House March 23.
The open house will provide information on bridal clothes, catering, flowers, horse and buggy or limousine service, music, photography, equipment and local accommodations for wedding parties and guests. There will be door prizes from participating businesses, a tasting of possible party fare, including a selection of wedding cakes, a fashion show of clothing for the whole bridal party and even a release of doves in honor of love and marriage. The celebration is scheduled from 11: 30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. at Blue Heron Center at the park. Entertainment will be provided by the Lark Chamber Players and The Elegant Touch. Reservations are recommended. Call the park at 222-1777.
Christmas in April
Another important spring tradition is Christmas In April, the volunteer program that turns construction crews loose throughout the county on the last Saturday in April to rehab or adapt homes for folks who can't afford repairs. Herrington on the Bay Restaurant in Rose Haven is sponsoring a Casino Night March 22 to raise money for this year's effort.
For the price of a $20 ticket -- $35 for two -- you get bottomless champagne, an unlimited hors d'oeuvre buffet, dancing and $10,000 in play money to risk at roulette, blackjack and other games of chance. Winnings can be put toward the benefit silent auction, and additional play money can be purchased.
The auction items include restaurant meals, antiques, jewelry, a guest chef in your kitchen, car repair and house cleaning, clothing, and other services and items. The party starts at 6: 30 p.m. and continues to midnight.
Herrington on the Bay Restaurant is on Route 261 in Rose Haven. For information, call Anna Chaney at (410) 741-5101.
How does your garden grow?
This is a busy weekend for seekers of spring, both indoors and out. Inside, gardeners and those who simply love a lavish display of spring's bounty can enjoy the Caritas Society Flower and Garden Show at St. John's College. On display will be fresh flowers, garden stock, herbs, bulbs, dried flowers, garden-related crafts, tools and landscaping services. Expert demonstrations and consultations are included in the $5 entry fee.
The show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the door of Mellon Hall, St. John's College, Annapolis.
Indoor and outdoor opportunities will be available at London Town House and Gardens in Edgewater with the "Come and See Tour" from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Guided tours of the garden, looking for emerging crocuses, daffodils and camellias will be offered, as well as tours of the house with highlights of its history and efforts to discover more about the lost town of London that surrounded it in the 1700s.
Current and former residents of the London Town peninsula are invited to bring artifacts they may have discovered on their properties for examination and identification by archaeologists.
The tour is free. For information, call 222-1919.
Free screenings for women
Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Health Department of Anne Arundel County have received grants enabling them to offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings. Eligibility is determined by income, number of family members and whether a woman is covered for the exams by private insurance or Medicare. The minimum age for exams at the center is 40; the health department's minimum is 50.
For information, call Faye Hunt-Anderson at AAMC at 224-5770 or Lois Levine at the Health Department, 222-7023.
For those not eligible for the free breast cancer screenings, AAMC offers seasonal low-cost specials. The next will be the first Friday in May, with mammograms costing $55. Screenings are available to South County residents in Annapolis or Crofton. Additional centers are in Severna Park and Arnold.
What is your group, church, or school planning this spring? For coverage of South County events, call me at 626-0273 far enough in advance so I can get back to you for details.
Pub Date: 3/11/96