I HAD A new perspective on the Fourth of July fireworks last week, that also made me reflect on the popular political phrase "family values." Three of us were on a boat in Annapolis harbor, and it was fabulous; a happy, gracious gathering of hundreds of boats of all sizes, passengers patient in the waiting, wildly appreciative of the show, and politely efficient in dispersing.
The only bug in the wonderful evening was the man in a 42-foot sailboat who had anchored just inside the eastern edge of the "no boat" zone, shortly after eight or 10 of us had been told, politely, to move back behind the buoys that we hadn't originally seen. The man argued loudly with three boats of Harbor Police, then ignored their request. Shortly before the fireworks began, the Coast Guard finally prevailed upon him to move his stern outside the line and to double-anchor, which he did, proclaiming loudly to all about the asininity of the request.
I think the independence we were celebrating was not independence from all authority, common sense, or cooperative behavior, and I wonder if he gave any thought to the example he was setting for his children?
During her five years as music director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gisele Ben-Dor has led the orchestra, and her own career, on a path of growth and challenge.
Attendance is up, financial support for the organization is up, and Ben-Dor's star is soaring. The demands on her time and talents are such that she has announced that the 1996-1997 season will be her last with the orchestra.
Previous season subscribers have had the opportunity to renew their tickets for the 1996-1997 season. The box office is open to new subscribers for the Friday or Saturday evening series, and for the symphony's family concert series. Season subscribers get a discount up to 18 percent off single-ticket prices, best available seating, ticket exchange opportunities and advance notice of ASO events.
Guest artists for Ben-Dor's final season with ASO include Stanley Drucker, the New York Philharmonic's principal clarinetist; violinist Margaret Batjer; former ASO music director Leon Fleisher; concertmaster Philip Spletzer, and cellist Ronald Thomas.
The first concert is Oct. 4. All performances are at Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts on Chase Street. For season-ticket information or to order tickets, call 263-0907.
Series on ecology
A six-week series of programs for children ages 6 to 10 begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side. The programs will concentrate on the ecology and wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay. For a change of pace, there will also be an appearance by Queen Elizabeth I of England, portrayed by Mary Ann Jung.
The series is supported by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. There is a $4 enrollment fee for each program, or $20 for the six-week series. The programs last about 2 1/2 hours.
For information and to register, call 867-4486.
Plebes on parade
The crisp precision of a parade unit is a metaphor for the discipline and cooperation of military life. More than 1,000 new midshipmen at the Naval Academy are in the process of understanding that metaphor and making it part of them.
Plebe Summer, the six-week indoctrination process designed to toughen the soles, souls, and backbones of Naval Academy inductees, began July 2. The public has an opportunity to watch part of the process of Plebe Summer through a series of parades at Worden Field on the academy grounds.
Practice parades begin at 6: 30 p.m. July 17. This month, formal dress parades will be held at 6: 30 p.m. each Friday after that. Another practice parade is scheduled at 6: 30 p.m. Aug. 7, to prepare for the Parents' Weekend Formal Dress Parade at 9 a.m. Aug. 10.
For more information on Naval Academy events that are open to the public, call 293-2291.
Waterman's Ball reset
The Waterman's Ball in Eastport, rained out in the spring, has been rescheduled for 7: 30 p.m. Saturday at the Annapolis City Marina.
Sponsored by the Eastport Business Association and the Eastport Civic Association as a benefit for the Barge House Museum, the ball will showcase the XPDs, Eastport's own soul and Motown group, and will include a dance exhibition and contest.
Beer, wine and food will be available.
Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the gate. Call Peg Wallace at 268-1802.
Pub Date: 7/08/96