I COULD SWEAR it wasn't more than five months ago that I packed away the weatherproof red bows that highlighted our fence posts last December, swept up the fallen needles from the indoor garlands and talked myself into liking our home without all the seasonal decorations.
Suddenly it's time to pull it all out again, and even though I'm a curmudgeon about mandated gaiety, I'm tickled to death!
Hundreds of people in the Annapolis area consider today the official kick-off of the holiday season, as the Auxiliary of the Anne Arundel Medical Center plays host to the annual Holiday Greens and Gift Show from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Chesapeake Room at AAMC's downtown campus on Franklin Street.
There's a second opportunity to buy superb holiday decorations, donated wreaths, and artificial trees from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the lobby of AAMC's Clatanoff Pavilion on Jennifer Road.
Proceeds from the shows will benefit AAMC's health services for women and children.
For further information on the Holiday Greens and Gift Show, call 267-1249.
An early entry in the holiday entertainment category is the Naval Academy's Women's Glee Club Concert at 5: 30 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Hall.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The Annapolis Youth Performing Arts Project, an arm of the Annapolis Chorale, rings in the season Friday and Saturday with performances of "December," an original production for the whole family that celebrates holiday traditions from around the world through song and dance.
"December" is the name of an angelic sprite who is instrumental in helping a wealthy man learn that the true value of the month is not measured by the money he makes from it. The tale was scripted by Jan Hardesty.
Performances of "December" are at 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Annapolis High School. Tickets are $5, with reservations a must. Call the chorale office at 263-1906.
Call Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts at 263-5544.
Celebrate in Annapolis
One of the charms of Annapolis is that it's a very modern town and a very old town.
There's no better time than December to appreciate its antiquity, as the city celebrates the holidays with classic decorations and period celebrations that will be held Thursday evening and Dec. 12 on Maryland Avenue and State Circle.
The stores hope you'll buy things, but they also want to join you in celebrating the season and Annapolis. They're planning to delight you with roaming singers, buggy rides through the historic district, a brass quintet and refreshments. Santa will be there, too, though he doesn't really fit my theme of antiquity!
Maryland Avenue and State Circle stores will be open until "The Eleventh Hour" on Thursday night and for "Midnight Madness" on Dec. 12. Stores throughout the town will be open for "Midnight Madness."
There are myriad opportunities to remember others during the holidays, some famous and ubiquitous, others nudging our buttons to remind us of their year-round efforts.
One such is the Emergency Baby Pantry, operated by the Junior League of Annapolis. The facility provides infant and toddler necessities to county families in crisis, as well as homeless, abused and abandoned children. More than 1,200 children have been helped since the pantry opened 15 months ago.
Donations of disposable diapers, formula, baby supplies, and coupons for same are welcome at two drop-off sites: Babes 'N Toyland at the Cape St. Claire Shopping Center and Mail Boxes Etc. on Bay Dale Drive.
For information on pantry donations, or where to take baby clothing, toys or furniture, call the Junior League of Annapolis at 224-8984.
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Pub Date: 12/02/96