It's cabin fever time again. Nothing to do but sit by the window and dream of crocuses, bluefish, picnics and warm weekends at the beach.
But wait, life goes on. And here's where.
Today the iceboat racers expect to be out from 1 to 3 p.m. on Round Bay near Annapolis. The seventh annual regatta of the Maryland Ice Yacht Club is scheduled, according to commodore Jim Holechek.
There is no admission to the high-speed races. Close viewing is dangerous and binoculars are helpful. To get there, go north from Annapolis on Route 2, left on Annapolis Road in Severna park one mile and right on Round Bay Road, a quarter-mile, and left on Severn River Road to the ice.
Today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the 18th annual Izaak Walton League, antique gun show at the American Legion home in Bel Air, Md., north of Baltimore. Call Ken Grafton, (301) 838-3395 for details.
All this week folks will flock to one of the biggest outdoor shows in the nation - the 23rd annual Eastern Sports and Outdoor shows in the nation - the 23rd annual Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa. There are decoy-carving contest, BB and archery shoots, a catch-'em-and-keep-'em trout pool and hundreds of camping, fishing; hunting and travel exhibits.
Admission is $2.50 for adults, $1 for children. The show is open for trade only today (closed to the public). Public hours the rest of the week are noon to 10 weekdays and 10 to 8 Saturday (closing day).
Next weekend is the 33rd annual Cambrige, Md., Outdoor Show with a muskrat-skinning contest, miss nature girl pageant (men only), logsawing competition, corn shelling, musical entertainment, etc.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1.50 for children under 12. The show is at Southc Dorchester High School, south of Cambridge on Route 16.
It's about a two-hour drive to the Eastern Shore community from the District. Keep Shore community from the District. Keep your eyes open the last 30 miles for flocks of Canada geese in the fields.
Ducks Unlimited's Washington Chapter will hold its annual dinner Thursday at 7 p.m. at Congressional Country Club. The cost is $50, including one year's dues in DU. Tickets available from Bob Judkins, c/o Alex Brown & Sons, 1 American Security Bldg., D.C. 20005, or call 347-3333.
The 17th annual Washington International Boat Show runs Feb. 18-26 at the D.C. Armory with 600 exhibits. Tickets are $3.50 adults, $1.50 for children under 12.
The Bull Run Chapter of the Virginia Wild Turkey Federation meets Wednesday as it does the second Wednesday of every month. This week's meeting is at Haymarket (Va.) Fire House at 7:30 p.m. There will be a turkey-calling contest. The public is welcome.
It's always fun to see organizational chaos. Ray Scott, man behind the bass-fishing for money phenomenon, wants teh 270,000 members of his Bass Anglers Sportsman Society to stay out of Cuba.
"American Sportsfishermen and tourists are being lured to Cuba to help bolster Fidel Castro's crumbling economy and, in effect, buy bullets which will be used to further the escalation of Communism," Scott writes in the lastest newsletter from B.A.S.S.
"There's no sense in compromising our principles of democracy by traveling to a Communist country just to catch a few fish," he adds. "freedom is worth a lot more than a stringer of bass."
Meanwhile the Bass Research Federation, which Scott founded and for which he still serves as a director, chief fundraiser and big contributor, is busy sending people to Cuba to check out bass fishing.
BRF sent Dr. Thomas L. Wellborn Jr. and Dr. Roy C. Heidinger, who were invited, it says in the BRF newsletter, by the Cuban government.
BRF wrote that the two scientists ahd no doubt, after the trip, "that with proper management these three lakes (Hanabanilla, Zaza and Treasure) have the potential of producing some of the finest bass fishing available." It added that the pair found the Cubans "were friendly and seemed to have a great desire for technical knowledge on how to manage these lakes for bass fishing."