Young writers to get expert advice at Waterfront Arts Festival


CHILDREN LOOKING for the "write" stuff can find it this weekend at the Annapolis Waterfront Arts Festival.

More than 20 members of the Maryland Writers Association will assist children with writing and reading, and staging their own poems and stories.

The activities for fledgling writers will be Friday at 11: 30 a.m., 1: 30 p.m. and 3: 30 p.m.; Saturday at 11: 15 a.m., 1: 30 p.m., 2: 15 p.m. and 5: 15 p.m.; and Sunday at 11: 30 a.m., 3: 30 p.m. and 4: 30 p.m.

"We just think it's important for kids to be enthusiastic about writing and reading. If we get them excited about writing now, it might be that it will carry through their lives," said Diana Hallman, membership director and newsletter editor for the Maryland Writers Association, a 10-year-old organization with about 175 members statewide.

Five of those members will read portions of their writing during the festival.

Annapolitans Connie Herald and Jack Noone are scheduled to read Saturday at 12: 30 p.m. and 4: 45 p.m., respectively.

Tim O'Neill, an Annapolis resident who writes for children, will read excerpts from his work at 3: 15 p.m. on Sunday, and two Edgewater children's writers, Merrilea Lamborne and Irene Pigman, will read from their work at 2 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Friday, respectively.

This will be the second year that the Maryland Writers Association has participated in the annual waterfront festival.

"We started it last year in a small way, and this year they gave us our own mini-stage," Hallman said.

The annual spring art show, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Foundation, will offer activities at City Dock in Annapolis.

The art show is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 13.

Proceeds from the event will be distributed to county arts organizations.

Information: 410-544-6710 for children's writing activities; and 410-222-7949 for general festival information.

Performers wanted

First Night Annapolis -- that other big event held at City Dock every year -- has issued a call for performers.

The event is a public New Year's Eve party that traditionally draws more than 20,000 spectators with more than 400 performances. All performers are paid.

Performance proposals will be accepted from musicians, dancers, actors, singers, poets and storytellers, performance artists and comedians.

The selection process is competitive. Performers are chosen based on artistic merit, affordability, the uniqueness of the performance and how it fits into the scheme of the overall program. Proposals are evaluated by a panel of arts professionals. Early proposals will receive priority consideration. The deadline for proposals is June 1.

Information: 410-268-8553.

Cruise sign-ups

The Annapolis Senior Centers trip committee is still accepting reservations for a Wednesday harbor cruise aboard the Bay Lady.

The $41 fee includes lunch.

The committee is also accepting reservations for a trip to Niagara Falls, scheduled for July 13-17. That trip costs $450.

Information: 410-222-1818 between 10 a.m. and noon, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

Class reunions

Three Annapolis High School reunions are seeking graduates.

The Class of 1983 is planning its 15-year reunion, the Class of 1968 is planning its 30th, and the Class of 1933 will be celebrating its 65th reunion.

Only the Class of 1968 has made firm plans. Classmates will meet May 20 at Fred's Tiffany Room Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge in Parole. The event begins at 11: 30 a.m. with an open bar. Lunch will follow.

Information: Millicent Mileto at 410-923-1085.

Reunions for the other two classes are still in the planning stages. For information about the Class of 1983, call Portia Godfrey at 410-295-6656, Tara Johnson at 410-268-4905 or Tracy Booth at 410-280-2847. For information on the Class of 1968 reunion, call Leslie Carson at 410-216-9088.

Pub Date: 5/05/98

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