I WENT to Europe last week in my imagination.
Actually, I went to D.C. by Metro, indulging for a half-hour my love of train travel and my disinclination to drive in the city. The rhythm of the wheels never fails to take me back to trips in the past, overnight trips to and from college, and wonderful Eurail tours of the continent.
I remember one spring trip from Brussels to Berlin six years ago -- about a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall -- and my amazement at being able to tell almost the instant when the train passed from West Germany into East Germany. No red line was drawn across the landscape, but immediate differences were visible in the prosperity of the terrain and the few buildings in sight. The attitude was different, too.
On my Metro adventure, I looked out over New Carrollton and Landover and Cheverly and Deanwood and tried to imagine the same real estate at the time of the Civil War, and the Revolution, and the late 17th century, as Maryland was growing. I'd like to have seen it in all those eras. But then, I appreciated the advantage of being able to get to that settlement on the Potomac in an hour, rather than a long dusty day.
Given the time, freedom and money, I would happily travel the world by train, seeing detail that a plane prohibits. I'd like to go to Rostov-on-Don, for instance, to see the hometown of eight Rostov citizens who are visiting our city.
The Russians, boasting honorary Maryland citizenship bestowed by the secretary of state at a Rotary luncheon last week, are ending a 10-day visit to Annapolis, sponsored by the Center for Citizen Initiatives and Annapolis Rotary Club. Eva Corredor, a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and chairwoman of the club's International Relations Committee, coordinated the group's housing, food, entertainment and daily activities.
The Russians, all municipal employees in Rostov, are in Annapolis to observe how public and private interests interrelate in a city of this size, and how the city lives on both public and private levels. They had the chance six months ago to say what they would like to experience.
Their whirlwind Annapolis visit has included exposure to city management, municipal finance, economic development, and many of the business engines that drive the city. They've visited a printing plant and a bank, for example, for models to adapt at home.
The Rotary Club has made sure their visitors take back a citizen's view of Annapolis, too. Many people have been involved in playing host to the group, either in their guest rooms or their dining rooms, with potluck dinners, progressive community dinners, restaurant visits, basketball at the Academy, a walking tour of Annapolis, a visit to Anne Arundel Medical Center and to a mall, a hands-down favorite.
The Russian visitors are to document their daily experiences and develop strategies to address their problems at home through what they learn here. Their American visit will continue when they leave tomorrow for a stay in the Washington area.
For information on the international interests of the Annapolis Rotary Club, call Corredor at 293-2728.
Unfortunately, our Russian friends will not be here Feb. 21 and 22 to see the auction/performance fund-raising model that keeps many organizations afloat.
A Jazz Weekend raises money for the Annapolis Chorale while celebrating its talents.
The fund-raiser is held at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. "An Evening with the Arts" begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 with a silent auction of artwork, dinners and weekend stays in area hostelries.
Drinks and hors d'oeuvres are included in the $25 ticket price. A taste of the talents of Maryland's first lady of jazz, Ethel Ennis, and local favorite, pianist Stef Scaggiari, follows the silent auction. A live auction ends the evening.
"An Evening with Ethel" Feb. 22 features a full-length concert of jazz and popular music performed by Ennis, accompanied by the full chorale, the Chamber Orchestra, Scaggiari and Paul Hildner on drums. Tickets are $19.50.
For information on the Jazz Weekend, to order tickets or to request schedule information on the rest of the Annapolis Chorale's season, call the chorale office at 263-1906.
Here's an image to warm a winter morning: a salad butterfly garden.
Hildreth Morton, owner of Bittersweet Nurseries, will speak on edible plants that attract butterflies at a Winter Series Luncheon Feb. 12 at Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side.
The program starts with soup and sandwich at 11: 30 a.m., costs $7 and is sponsored by Shady Side Rural Heritage Society.
Pub Date: 2/03/97