Barbershop chorus concert is just the thing for spring

Chorus of the Chesapeake presents spring show May 11, Students from Calvert Hall College High School and Notre Dame Preparatory School team up for Operation Clean Stream, David "Shepherd" Warren, named a 2013 Carson Scholar, J.C. Lazzaro selected 3rd chair viola in the All-Eastern Honors Orchestra.

Looking for some wonderful entertainment to celebrate spring? Timonium resident Bill Day announced that The Chorus of the Chesapeake's annual spring show is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Parkville High School. Featured with the chorus are BSQ, 3rd Place International Quartet Medalist, and Frank the Dog, current Mid-Atlantic District Quartet Champion. Tickets are $25 for adults age 19 and older, $15 for students ages 7-18, and free for children under 6. All seats are reserved. Contact Frank Sigwart at 410- 529-0732 for tickets.

Earlier this month, 35 Science National Honor Society students from Calvert Hall College High School and Notre Dame Preparatory School teamed up for Operation Clean Stream, an effort to clean waterways and streams within the regional watershed under the direction of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy. As part of a statewide cleanup day, Tom Peri, a 1971 Calvert Hall graduate and science teacher at NDP, coordinated with Calvert Hall science department chair Charles Motsay (Calvert Hall '76), to work in an area at the White Trail at Loch Raven Reservoir at the corner of Dulaney Valley and Seminary roads. The students collected two tires and 29 bags of trash and debris that weighed an estimated 485 pounds.

David "Shepherd" Warren, Class of 2014, was honored as a 2013 Carson Scholar at the Carson Scholars Fund 17th annual awards banquet on April 7. The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. An interested student must be nominated by the principal at his or her school to be able to compete for a Carson Scholarship. Carson Scholars must have a GPA of 3.75 and display humanitarian qualities through community service.

The National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference, which is held every two years, took place in Hartford, Conn., in early April. The conference included five ensembles featuring students from the East Coast and Europe. Senior J.C. Lazzaro, who has played in the Maryland All-State Orchestra during his four years at Calvert Hall, was selected 3rd chair viola in the All-Eastern Honors Orchestra.

You haven't seen my column for a while as I was in the glorious South Pacific visiting the French Polynesian Islands. It was an adventure well worth the effort of long, tedious flights, never-ending security lines and customs checks. The highlight of the trip was a visit to Bora Bora, which had special significance for me. My dad served in the Army during World War II and was stationed there in 1943-44. Throughout his lifetime, he spoke highly and lovingly about the Island, its hospitality and its inhabitants. A devout Catholic, he attended Mass regularly at the church and wound up volunteering as an altar server for a French priest and cherished his time doing so. Along with my sister, we were able to locate St. Pierre Celestin Church in Vaitape, the only Catholic Church on the island, and attend a service. We marveled in the beauty and simplicity of St. Pierre, which seems relatively unchanged from the 1940s. We now agree with dad's description of Bora Bora — truly a "paradise." We left tears, smiles and chunks of our hearts there.

Anyone out there have a recent trip they'd like to share? I'd love to hear from you!

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