PTA's Tiger Madness is school fundraiser [West Friendship]

West Friendship Elementary PTA Tiger Madness Chairperson Lisa Spitulnik recalls worrying the school might close.

"In the beginning of the year we were focused on the closing, but now we are only looking towards positive things for our great school," Spitulnik said.

She has been working long hours for the first ever Tiger Madness fundraiser set for March 22, 7 to 11 p.m., at Players Bar and Grill in Woodstock.

This big fundraiser is for grownups only. In addition to a lavish buffet and cash bar, a silent auction table with items like Orioles tickets, spa treatments, Disney tickets, timeshare vacations and more, plans include a Wii basketball tournament with parent and teacher participation.

The theme of the event is aligned with basketball and March Madness. All proceeds will benefit the programs of the PTA. Tickets are $35 per person in advance and $40 at the door. The community is more than welcome to join the fun and encouraged to do so. The silent auction items alone add up to a value over $11,000 in goods and services.

Lisa Spitulnik's children, Rylen, a first grade student in Joanne Goggin's class, and Jayden, a fourth grade student in Sarah Schleicher's class, have enjoyed pitching in for the cause as they have observed their busy mom readying for this event. The same goes for co chairperson Leah Wilson, whose children, Nate, a first grade student in Cathy Heubner's class, and Rowan, a fourth grade student in Sarah Schleicher's class, have observed their mom rallying for all the great silent auction prizes with amazement.

Come and join the fun for such a great cause. Player's Bar and Grill is at 10795 Birmingham Way in Woodstock. Tickets may be purchased online at Questions of any kind may be directed to Lisa Spitulnik at 410-935-9059.

The students at West Friendship Elementary have a treat in store first thing on March 14. An early morning performance by mime artist Mark Jaster in "Piccolo's Trunk" is set for 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium. One of a series of cultural arts programs, Jaster's comic and musical show is a rollicking good time for audiences which in recent years have included the Smithsonian and the White House. Our students are in good company.

Nora Riley sends great news for oyster lovers. The semi-annual Lisbon United Methodist Church Ham and Oyster Supper is March 15, 1-5:30 p.m. at 15875 Frederick Road (Route 144), right next to the Lisbon Elementary School. The family style supper includes fried oysters, ham, cole slaw, potato salad, Jell-O salads , green beans, corn, rolls, relishes and more. This dinner is famed for its homemade salad selections.

Tickets for the supper are $16.50 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. Questions? Need directions? Call Nora Riley at 410-489-4302 or the Rev. Ken McDonald at the church office at 410-489-7245.

This is the weekend when the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship becomes a sea of tractors, trucks, farm, lawn and garden equipment. The annual Gregory's Auction Spring Equipment Sale is set for March 15 beginning at 9 a.m. The auction will go on for most of the day, with several auctioneers selling all manner of equipment. For a listing of some of the sale items, visit the website at

Next meeting for the Antique Farm and Machinery Club in West Friendship is set for March 17 at 7 p.m. in the dining hall at the Howard County fairgrounds. New members are always welcome to join the group.

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