Volume XI, Issue 37 ~ September 11-17, 2003

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Letters to the Editor

Community Transportation May Not Be Mass, But It’s Plenty

Dear Bay Weekly:
My two colleagues and I laughed when we read your Best of the Bay 2003 while having lunch at Pirates Cove Resaurant in Galesville and were not surprised that the Readers’ Choice for the Biggest Gripe about Chesapeake Country was traffic. We were amused when Bay Weekly wrote, “All this and barely a whiff of mass transit in our own little corner of Bay Country.”

The three of us just happen to be Anne Arundel County and City of Annapolis employees who were planning the bus route that will link Deale and Shady Side with Annapolis. The recent joint City-County Transportation Development Plan identified the need for such a service. The county is seeking federal funds through the Maryland Transit Administration for what will be an Annapolis Transit route. We will hold public meetings to inform residents of our plans.

Annapolis Transit is a very busy system serving Bay Weekly readers in Annapolis, Parole, Kent Island, Arnold and Edgewater. There is a MTA-contracted commuter bus service through some parts of Southern Anne Arundel County. Therefore, we question why Bay Weekly would write that there is “barely a whiff of mass transit in our own little corner of Bay Country.”

We invite Bay Weekly to partner with us as we expand public transportation options. In future articles, we would appreciate it if you would refer to what we do as community transportation or public transportation rather than as mass transit. After all, would it be appropriate to label Bay Weekly as a mass communications medium. We think of Bay Weekly as a community newspaper with a strong public spirit.

— Paul Foer, City of Annapolis Department of Transportation

Applause from the Stage

Dear Bay Weekly:
Thanks for Bay Weekly’s wonderful coverage of theatre in our area. In “There’s No Business Like Show Business” [Vol. XI, No 36: Sept. 4]. Sonia Linebaugh has done, a fine job of being fair to all of us.

Since talking with you I have been hired to build Othello for Baltimore Shakespeare Festival and design the set for Once upon a Mattress for Merely Players at Chesapeake Arts. Rehearsals for our own Twin Beach Players’ Fools continue.

As always, theatre is ever evolving. Please keep supporting the arts in any way you can.

— Sid Curl, North Beach: Twin Beach Players

There’s Still More Theater in Chesapeake Country

Dear Bay Weekly:
We at The Bay Theatre Company just read There’s No Business Like Show Business by Sonia Linebaugh.

This letter is to update you on the doings of the Bay Theatre Company. This is The Bay Theatre’s second year, and we have a new theatre space on West Street and a play in rehearsal to open in October.

After our summer student production workshop of Our Town at the Paca House and Gardens, we leased a space at 275 West Street lower level, which will become our new theatre. Our opening production is a musical by Stephen Sondheim called Marry Me a Little, a stunning jewel of song and dance. This musical revue is the story of bittersweet romance between a lonely man and a lonely woman who search for love and almost find each other.

Directed by artistic director Lucinda Merry-Browne, the play will run for six weeks, from October 3 till November 8.

— Janet Luby: Associate Artistic Director, The Bay Theatre Company

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