Bids to build addition to watermen's museum reviewed


MEMBERS OF the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society expect to choose a contractor this week to build an addition to the Captain Salem Avery House, the restored waterman's home operating as a museum of the watermen's way of life.

The South County nonprofit organization got $25,000 from the state and $25,000 from the county to add a bathroom, library and storage area.

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society operates the museum on the West River. Mavis Daly, co-president of the club with her husband, George, said members opened bids last week.

She said the society members hope to begin construction by April 1 and to complete the project by June.

Information: 410-867-4486.

Church renovations

Epping Forest Chapel is getting a face lift. Renovations are under way on the 38-year-old nondenominational church, which sits on a slight rise in the Epping Forest neighborhood in Annapolis, with a view of the Severn River.

The late H. H. Spencer of Epping Forest donated land for the chapel in 1950 and did most of the construction. He was in his 80s at the time.

Every other Sunday, services are conducted in the tiny building, which seats about 40.

Republican Women meet

Diane Evans, former chairwoman of the Anne Arundel County Council, will speak Wednesday at a dinner meeting of the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County, a social and political club. Evans is challenging County Executive John G. Gary, also a Republican, for their party's nomination in this year's election for county executive.

The dinner begins at 6: 30 p.m. at Cantina D'Italia in the Annapolis Harbor Center. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-268-1698.

One topic of dinner chitchat is sure to be the club's 32nd annual spring fashion show and luncheon, which is scheduled for 11: 30 a.m. April 22 at the Holiday Inn, Annapolis.

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. The fund-raiser will include the raffle of a gold and diamond bracelet donated by Annapolis jeweler Ron George. Raffle tickets cost $5.

Information: 410-267-9079.

Cemetery sites

The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, a nonprofit group that helps people track down their ancestors, has published "Anne Arundel County Cemetery Sites," by Arnold resident Tina Simmons. She is the society's cemetery chairman.

She tried to include every county cemetery in her book, including ones that no longer exist. In the case of the latter, she included the original site of the graveyard, and, where possible, places where bodies were reinterred.

The sites of Indian burial grounds are excluded from the book to protect them.

The guide costs $13.50, plus $2.50 shipping and handling, and 5 percent sales tax for Maryland residents. Proceeds will be used to publish more genealogical information.

For information, write to the society at P.O. Box 221, Pasadena 21123.

Whale tale

Annapolis resident Charles Boyle has written a children's book, "Tailey Whaley: A Tale of a Whale with a Whale of a Tail."

The main character is a whale tormented by his peers.

The book is available from Trident Publishing for $14.95.

Pub Date: 3/16/98

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