Volume XI, Issue 47 ~ November 20-26, 2003

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In Our South, Arts Space Sadly Lacking

Dear Bay Weekly:
I send you this picture to show the completed set for Fools.

We of Twin Beach Players know your reviewer’s comment on our performance space for Fools [Curtain Call: Twin Beach Players’ Fools; Vol. XI, No. 45: Nov. 6] was an attempt to bring to attention that we are limited in what we can pull off in the space. But we as a cast have found the set to be quite workable.

The Holland Point Civic Center does leave a lot to be desired, but at least it allows us to present our productions.

Calvert County is still in the 19th century as for its interest in the arts, except for the Cultural Arts Council. The county lacks facilities reasonable in their charges for a community theater group. Anne Arundel County (the location of Holland Point’s center) won’t even recognize our existence. There are facilities in North County and in Annapolis, but nothing to support the community or the residents of Southern Anne Arundel County. Anything to be provided for children to have arts development there is not even in the planning.

Twin Beach Players lost a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council because our facility was not handicapped accessible. Our argument that a grant would have provided the money to make it accessible somehow got lost. So we, The Twin Beach Players, work with the Holland Point Civic Association. Both groups are hopeful that in the future we will find the support to improve the center, in turn making it a more appropriate theater space and providing the children of the area a space where they will have the chance to develop their own art appreciation.

— Sid Curl: Director Twin Beach Players’ Fools

Plan Ahead Now to Vote in March Presidential Primary

Dear Bay Weekly:
It may seem like next November’s Presidential Election is far away, but voter registration deadlines are looming for all of us in Maryland.

Maryland holds closed primaries, which means only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party’s primary.

So, Maryland independent voters, Greens, Libertarians and Republican would have to change party affiliation in order to vote in the Maryland Democratic Primary in March, 2004.

The deadline to change party affiliation in advance of the primary is December 8, 2003. Changing party affiliations in Maryland is easy. Voters just need to complete a new voter registration form and return it to their county registrar. Forms are available in libraries, Motor Vehicle offices and County Registrar’s offices.

Non-registered citizens may register until February 10, 2004.

Also, Maryland law allows voters 18 years old on Election Day to vote in the primary. If you were born before November 2, 1986, you may register and vote in the March primaries.

As we learned last election in Florida, individual votes do matter, and you are entitled to have your voice counted. Register and vote!

For more information and downloadable forms, see the state elections website: www.elections.state.md.us

— Edward Terry, Cheverly: Coordinator, Prince George’s County for Howard Dean

Editor’s Note: With Republicans holding the presidency, only Democrats will have a competitive primary.

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