Midwinter usually is a time when many outdoorsmen head for fishing, hunting and boating shows in the area. This January, however, a show of a different kind will be in Baltimore: "Ray Scott -- Live on Tour!", a one-man show about competence and comedy on the world's largest professional bass fishing circuit.
"B.A.S.S. is one of those wonderful all-American stories," said Scott, who founded the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society three decades ago. "I started with nothing but a dream and achieved success in the best sense of the word -- creating something that will last long after I'm gone."
Now, using a $45,000 set and state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, Scott, 63, is taking to the stage to share the best and worst memories and accomplishments of those years.
"This is a very personal show," said Scott, who is the flamboyant master of ceremonies at major B.A.S.S. tournaments, including the popular invitationals fished almost every year on the tidal Potomac River. "We'll laugh and cry and be entertained and learn more about bass fishing. But mostly it is going to be fun."
The show will feature vintage tournament film footage, including the best of what has been left on the cutting room floor during production of the "Bassmasters" television series. Also shown will be an award-winning film called "Still Waters," a study of bass in their natural habitat which has not been seen for 25 years.
But mostly, the show will focus on Scott and his tales from 30 years of tournament fishing with the best bass anglers in the country.
Scott's scheduled stop at the Lyric Opera House on Jan. 21 is the fourth on a tour of 40 cities over three months.
Ticket prices start at $18 and can be reserved by calling (410) 481-7327.
National wildlife refuges around the country will get spruced up under a new government-mandated program -- but refuge visitors will be picking up the tab under new or modified user fees.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visitors to 15 of the most popular refuges will be able to buy annual passes for $10 to $15.
"These fees will be used to improve the visitor experience at the sites at which they are collected and will be targeted for much needed repairs and improvements that have been delayed because of budget shortfalls," said Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt.
In Maryland, the fee for an annual pass at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County will cost $12, with funds raised targeted for improvements of interpretive signs along the wildlife tour lanes on the refuge.
Pub Date: 12/22/96