Neighbors without power switch from adventurous to impatient


AT 6 ON FRIDAY evening, our neighborhood erupted into celebration. Adults clapped and cheered. Children screamed and ran around in circles. The power was back on! Television! Computers! Lights! Garage-door openers! Vacuum cleaners! Well, you get the point.

The power had gone out at 1: 45 p.m. Thursday, leaving us without electricity for more than 24 hours. At first, it was a great adventure. Candles and battery-powered appliances filled in for the missing electricity.

But teen-age boys have a limited sense of adventure. After a few hours, my son went to find friends who had power so that he could spend the day in "civilized" pursuits, like playing video games.

Friday morning, the neighbors were outside, comparing notes about how much food had thawed in their freezers or rumors when power might return.

It was a nice, friendly visiting day. But by late afternoon, the novelty had worn off. We started to get grumpy. Sure, we knew the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. crews were working overtime on bigger problems than our neighborhood. But we wanted to be back to normal.

Then, just when we had given up, Mary Brady opened her door and shouted, "Power's on!" And the neighborhood went wild. Five minutes later, she opened the door again and yelled, "Power's off!" Everyone groaned.

But we knew that hope was not lost. The powers that be had not forgotten us. They were going to fix our problem. Sure enough, an hour later, the power returned. Things were kind of back to normal. Time to go food shopping.

On the other hand, one of our neighbors whose power hadn't gone out went shopping on Friday. He figured their power had remained on during the storm, so they were OK. Unfortunately, their power went out after they had stored the meat in their freezer.

Maybe I'll wait a few days before I buy many groceries.

Crofton craft fair

The Crofton Town Club will sponsor the annual fall arts and craft fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Village Green. More than 100 artisans will offer their wares at the local celebration, including such favorites as the lollipop man and the funnel cake ladies.

Janis Davisson, fair coordinator, says that besides being a popular social event, the fair is a popular community fund-raiser. Among the local organizations supported by proceeds from recent fairs are the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department, Crofton Christian Caring Council, Crofton Community United Methodist Church, and local chapters of the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. Information: 410-451-2241.

Four Seasons Women's Club

The Four Seasons Women's Club will resume its activities at 7: 30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Four Seasons Elementary School with an open house and a monthly meeting.

Women in the Four Seasons community are invited to attend and learn more about the neighborhood organization. Plans for the year include a Jazzercise class, a Christmas basket program, a blood drive, a bull-and-oyster roast, a spring plant sale and Mother's Day baskets. Information: Joanie Frykman, 301-621-7228.

CARP lunch bunch trip

Ed Laird, chairman of the Lunch Bunch for the Crofton Association of Retired Persons, has planned a Choptank River boat trip for Thursday. The CARP bus will leave the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church parking lot at 11 a.m., arriving at Hurlock, Dorchester County, for a 1 p.m. lunch at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.

At 2: 30 p.m., the group will board the Dorothy Megan, a reproduction of a turn-of-the-century paddle wheel boat, for a cruise on the Choptank.

The bus will leave for Crofton at 4 p.m. The $45 cost includes transportation, lunch and the boat trip. Information: 410-721-8830.

Pub Date: 9/21/99

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