Pallotti graduate Brian Cali appears in 'Sister Act' at Kennedy Center [Old Town]

Brian Cali, a 2001 graduate of St. Vincent Pallotti High School, is currently a cast member of the Broadway traveling production of the musical "Sister Act," which was on stage Oct. 29 to Nov. 10 at the Kennedy Center. He is the son of Denise and Al Gallo, who live in Laurel.

This talented young man holds a bachelor's in music from the Catholic University of America and a master's in voice from UCLA. After appearing on stage in recitals and operas for several years, Brian moved on to several roles in musical theater. In "Sister Act," he plays the role of Joey Finnochio and can be seen in several ensemble numbers.

St. Philip's Episcopal Church will hold its 47th annual Holly Days Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parish center, 522 Main St. Among the many items offered will be handmade gifts, ornaments and toys. Baked goods and raffles will be available. There will be a visit from the jolly old fellow himself, St. Nick, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. A continental breakfast and lunch will be available. Call 301-776-5151.

While this is indeed the 47th anniversary of this particular event, St. Philip's started the holiday tradition of holding a similar sale before the 1900s. Betsy Brothers stated in an email, "Proceeds from the early efforts helped pay for the mortgage of the church, and various other bills."

Randy and Cathy Emery's shop, The Gallery, at 344 Main St., has been closed since May, and the building will soon be listed for sale with a local Realtor. In an email from Randy Emery, he stated that they will continue to do framing by appointment "at least through Christmas." Plans are to hold several open houses in the next few months, in hopes of finding a buyer for the property.

The couple plans to relocate to South Carolina, and would like to open a similar shop around the Charleston area. One of their daughters, Lisa, lives nearby. Randy went on to say, "Our time frame for the move will vary depending on the sale of the building as well as the health of my parents, Leo and Joyce."

Chesapeake Math and IT Academy's Fundraising Task Force will hold a Coach Purse and More Bingo event, Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Maryland City Volunteer Fire Department; 3498 Fort Meade Road. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with games beginning at 7 p.m. You must be age 18 or older to participate.  Tickets can be purchased from Linda Landau, 301-221-7091 or Eileen Collins, 301-704-2474.

Congratulations to all five incumbent Laurel City Council members who were re-elected Nov. 5. 

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