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July Fourth celebrations set to go swimmingly at area clubs [Lutherville]

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We have some great local swim clubs that are having lots of fun planning your Independence Day celebration.

Padonia Park Club, 12006 Jenifer Road,offers a 101 day "staycation." This is the pool where I am a member. "The activities are endless this year — I feel like I'm a cruise director" Kathy Angstadt, pool club CEO, said. "Like the cruise ship, we have many events going on at the same time."

Padonia Park's has as many as five events running concurrently. There is live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Cabana. Plus, there are theme nights such as Hawaiian Night and Irish Night in addition to adult crab feasts, a teddy bear picnic, teen nights, tweener nights, camp outs, bingo every Wednesday afternoon, and corn hole games for the adults every Wednesday at 6 p.m. The club also offers weekly swim lessons, swim and dive meets, and SCUBA lessons.

Padonia Park Club's 30 acres include a heated lap pool, a main pool with two diving boards, three slides and a log roller; two baby pools that have a new splash pad for kiddies; and a waterfall tot pool. There is also another pool with a tall tube slide, swim meets, a lake with paddle boats and fishing, tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, corn-hole games and pingpong tables.

The club offers year round catering service and facilities for parties and weddings and extensive year round child-care service and summer Lakeside Day Camp programs. Did I mention an adults-only section with lounge chairs and tables, and a full bar with frozen drinks? Although there are plenty of available lounge chairs, picnic tables, and umbrellas, I went ahead and paid to reserve my own table with umbrella and four chairs for the summer. It's my permanent station where my daughters and I hang out.

On July Fourth, the gate opens at 10 a.m. with games for all ages beginning at 1:30 p.m. and live music from Egyptian Cotton from 2- 6 p.m. The club has barbecue grills for members' use, and there is an extensive snack bar, a pit beef and turkey station, and a cabana bar that offers steamed shrimp.

Padonia Park Club is open till 8p.m. on the Fourth of July and on the way home you may be able to catch the fireworks in the sky from Oregon Ridge.

York Manor Swim Club is on the corner of Charmuth and Margate roads. I happened to visit the pool during a swim meet between the York Manor Makos and the Eagles Nest Screaming Eagles. The swimmers were pumped and the families were energetic. York Manor is having its Independence Day festivities from 1-4 p.m.with free soda for all. There will be a kids coin toss and an adult egg toss. York Manor is one of the few swim clubs that still has a greased watermelon grab for teens and adults.

Dulaney Swim Club, 234 E. Ridgely Road, will start its Fourth of July celebration at 11 a. m. ,with Dom Digio, 10, of Lutherville, singing the national anthem. This will be followed by a pool-side parade of kids blowing kazoos, tapping finger symbols, and waving American flags. But even before the opening ceremonies, members will be waiting at the gate to grab a table to decorate for an outrageous, over-the-top, American patriotism contest. Martha Bingaman, pool manager, said she hears families say, "My table's going to beat your table!"

Games planned for the party include mother-daughter inner-tube races, volleyball games, horseshoes, chalk drawing, candy toss, and face painting. One of the day's more unusual contests is the cannon ball contest during which the pool loses quite a bit of water. There's also a variation of the greased watermelon game, that substitutes floating beer cans. "It's quite entertaining to watch adult men and women try to hold onto the cans!" Bingaman said. Food service is run by Crab Addicts. Dunlaney Swim Club goes all out with the best steamed crabs, fresh oysters, homemade cole slaw, and outrageously delicious french fries.

Fourth of July in Lutherville really doesn't get any better than this.

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