6:05 AM EDT, October 7, 2013
The first ever Forge Fest was a sensational success. Don't miss the second one on Oct. 11. This Forge Fest will again fill the Tot Lot with merriment from 1-4 p.m.
The Forge Fests, which grew out of the farmers markets, are the creative genius of Mary Byers and Elaine Pollack. These concerned mothers, who believe and know that natural foods are the best, founded the Rodgers Forge Garden Club and the weekly farmers market. Attendance has grown and grown and spawned the first Forge Fest in August.
Mary and Elaine's mission for the first Forge Fest was threefold: "To have a fun afternoon, build community and to celebrate the green and creative thumbs in our neighborhood." The fest certainly accomplished this mission and more. About 16 neighborhood vendors dotted the Tot Lot with their eye-catching and delicious handcrafted items from stunning jewelry and nifty doll clothes to thirst quenching drinks and savory sweets. The fest also greatly helped Tom Blanks, recovering from his horrific bicycle accident this summer, and his family. All monies raised benefited the Blanks. See you at the Oct. 11 fest!
Speaking of Rodgers Forge activities, we congratulate the 2013 RFCA Board of Governors. Returning to complete their two year terms are the Executive Committee: president, Stu Sirota; vice-president, Jennifer Helfrich; recording secretary, Carol Zielke; corresponding secretary, Michael Bayer; and treasurer, Janice Moore. Joining them are the rest of the board members: Ginny Allen, Mary Byers (new member and co-founder of RF Garden Club, Farmers' Market and Forge Fest), Doug Campbell, Dave Crockett, Alison Dax, Alex Dippel, Jean Duvall, Jill Fisher, Christie Hammann (returning to board after stint as treasurer 2003-2006), Eric Helfrich, John Rinehart, Roxanne Rinehart, Del Schmidt, Janine Schofield, Lawrence Swoboda, Bryan Tillman, Ryan Wagner and Nick Wjittenbirg.
A big round of applause also goes to the 2013-2014 officers of the St. Pius X Home School Association. These active and dedicated parents are president, Sue Elias; vice-president, Sarah Biner; secretary, Sparkle Nelson; and treasurer, Kathleen Durkin.
Education in our schools also includes instruction in life-enhancing attributes. One such quality is leadership. Dumbarton Middle School has certainly done a splendid job in that area. Mr. Daniel Sievers, faculty adviser to the Student Government Association, was thrilled to tell us that five Dumbarton students attended the Baltimore County Student Council Leadership Council in September. These five very impressive young people were Jonathon Brown (the current president of all BCPS middle schools!), Tyler Anderson, Ryan Slade, Kyle Sulkowski and Burke Harmon. They spent two days at the leadership workshop at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Md. How proud Mr. Sievers, Dumbarton and we are of them!
Sundays at Central concert series will begin its13th season on Sunday, Oct. 13. Lyra, the Russian vocal group from St. Petersburg, will delight listeners when it returns for the fourth time to open the series. These award-winning musicians, graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, will perform Russian sacred music and folk songs. Whether solo or blending seamlessly, Lyra amazes with its virtuosity and artistry. The concert is free and open to all. It starts at 3 p.m. at Towson Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road in Towson.
Our neighbor in Gaywood, Tim Scott, is again beaming with joy. His daughter, Parker Slaton, and husband, Peter, welcomed their second daughter, Elizabeth Kathleen, on Sept. 18. Big Sister, Cole, is quite a help in caring for "ibbie" and loves her new role. We know that Tim is having lots of fun with his second grandchild as he loves children.
Don't miss the third RFCA Movies Under the Stars ("Hotel Transylvania") on Oct 11.
On Oct. 14, let us observe the 521st anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America.
Till we meet again —
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