Six Anne Arundel County residents will be honored today at the fifth annual Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County Annie Awards ceremony at Quiet Waters Park.

Ardath M. Cade of Severna Park will receive the arts patron award. Cade has been vice chairman of the Maryland Citizens for the Arts and is a governor's appointee to the Maryland State Arts Council.

Carolyn Surrick of Crownsville will receive the performing arts award. Surrick plays the viola da gamba, composes and arranges modern Celtic folk, and also works with early music. She is the founder of Ensemble Galilei.

Beth Whaley of Edgewater will receive the lifetime achievement award. Whaley is an author, actress, administrator and teacher. She was one of the founding members of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Cynthia Alderdice of Annapolis will receive the visual arts award. Alderdice is a painter, printmaker, papermaker and jeweler. She received the Maryland State Arts Council's individual artist award in visual arts in 1992.

Deborah Banker of Annapolis will receive the arts educator award. Banker has been a sculptor for 27 years and has taught at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, St. John's College and Anne Arundel Community College.

Ray Williamson of Annapolis will receive the literary arts award. Williamson has written several books on space and science and is a research professor of international affairs and space policy at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University.

Peter Lesher, curator of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, recently received the 2004 Marion Brewington Prize from the Maryland Historical Society.

Lesher was honored for his article "A Load of Guano: Baltimore and the Growth of the Fertilizer Trade," which chronicled the history of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Lesher has been curator of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum since 1991.

He will be honored Oct. 14, during the next Maryland Historical Society Maritime Committee meeting.

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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