I HAVE HEARD Annapolis described as the center of the world and the crossroads of the world. I have reason to lean toward the latter appellation, after a wonderful coincidence last week.
An Australian friend, who was our guest while studying several U.S. sailing programs for the disabled, was working on a report of his findings in the West Street library. He happened to be wearing a polo shirt with a "Sailability NSW" logo (New South Wales is the most populous state in Australia).
Nearby, another man, who was also working on a report, noticed our friend's shirt and asked if he was Australian. After talking for a few minutes, they established that they are two of only 60 Australian recipients of 1996 Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowships, travel grants that enable fellows to study successful programs in other countries and return home to share what they have learned.
Our friend, Phil Vardy, is national chairman of Sailability Australia. His compatriot is Murray Fuller, an agricultural specialist who manages weed control systems in central Australia.
Phil, a research biologist before he became involved in Sailability Australia, is probably more qualified than I am to estimate the statistical probability of such an encounter. The closest he could come, with a delighted grin, was "one in a zillion." It does make me wonder how many chance meetings we may miss when we're not wearing clothes that proclaim our interests and pride.
Get into football
One local source of pride is Navy football, and the Naval Academy's Quarterback Club offers businesses and individuals an opportunity to involve the Annapolis community in the football program.
Quarterback Club's Admiral's Fleet membership provides tickets to a home Navy game for local charitable groups, with an emphasis on children who might not otherwise have a chance to attend.
Membership in the Admiral's Fleet includes scoreboard recognition at all home games, a listing in the home game programs and other benefits. The home season begins with a night game Sept. 21.
Information: Naval Academy Athletic Association, 263-0833.
Seating is limited and reservations are required as London Town House and Gardens opens its third year of afternoon teas Sept. 19. Tea is served overlooking the gardens on the banks of the South River, and the $9 fee includes a guided tour of the dig where archaeologists are searching for remnants of the lost colonial town of London. A guided tour of the London Town House, a National Historic Landmark, is part of the afternoon.
The gardens will be open for self-guided tours until 5 p.m.
Donations of china cups and saucers, dessert plates and teapots are welcome for the tea series. Volunteers are needed to bake and serve at the events. Seatings are at 3 p.m. and 3: 45 p.m. A second afternoon tea will be held on Oct. 10.
For information about donations, volunteering or reservations, call 222-1919.
An excellent exercise regimen and bad eating habits do not a healthy body make. Eating a low-fat, high-fiber diet and leading a sedentary lifestyle isn't any better. Anne Arundel Medical Center offers a six-week course called "Eating for the Health of It," which focuses on on the importance of diet and exercise together, and provides nutritional information, tips on low-fat cooking, and body fat analysis.
The course begins Sept. 17 and will be held from 5: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Tuesdays, and from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Thursdays.
There is a $90 fee for the 12 sessions.
To register, call 573-5490.
Pub Date: 9/09/96