Rescheduled book signing for Jack Feezer's memoir is May 4

In February, I wrote about 93-year-old John F. "Jack" Feezer, a Sykesville resident who penned a memoir about growing up in rural Howard County during the Roaring '20s and the Great Depression.

Feezer went on to become a successful businessman, with a contracting company in Elkridge and real estate investments throughout the Baltimore metropolitan region.

The memoir, titled "A Life Well-Lived, Well-Loved, Well-Earned," suffered a delay in publication, so Feezer was unable to sign copies on Feb. 16, as originally scheduled. He did, however, have an opportunity to visit with about 100 people who attended the reception on that date.

Now the book signing has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 4, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Jonzie Lounge in the Fairhaven Retirement Community, 7200 Third Ave., in Sykesville.

Books will be available in exchange for a donation to the R. Wayne Feezer Memorial Foundation. The foundation was established in memory of Feezer's son, and it supports a variety of local charities. Feezer will match all donations dollar for dollar.

For more information about the book, the signing, or the memorial foundation, call Feezer's daughter, Nancy Parker, at 410-461-5979.

Seasonal fun continues in our area with several highly anticipated events, including two at West Friendship Elementary.

The first, the school's biennial musical, will take place on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. This year's production is "practically perfect in every way"; it is, of course, "Mary Poppins"! Call the school at 410-313-5512 with any questions.

West Friendship will also host its annual Spring Festival on May 10, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., rain or shine. Former students often return for the event, either as participants or volunteers, and two of the most popular activities continue to be the Soda Toss and the Bake Walk (formerly known as the Cake Walk).

The school is always looking for donations for these activities. To contribute, volunteer, or learn more, email Karen Wright at

On May 11, St. James United Methodist Church will hold its annual Spring Fling fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 12470 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Marriottsville.

The Camp Hope Mission Team will host a variety of vendor, craft and flea market tables inside the church and will also offer tasty food and beverages for sale in the fellowship hall. Proceeds will support the team's annual summer mission trip to Appalachia.

Additionally, the United Methodist Women will raise money for their many charitable efforts by selling home-baked sweets, as well as a selection of vegetable plants, garden flowers and hanging baskets. Call the church at 410-442-2020 to learn more, or go to

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will hold a similar fundraiser, also on May 11, at 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood. Check out the "yard sale" inside the parish hall between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. for that perfect second-hand treasure, and then visit the flower, herb and vegetable sale outside the church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a great Mother's Day gift.

All proceeds will support the church's annual Youth Pilgrimage in July. For more information, email or call 410-442-5445.

Only one month left until Relay for Life of Western Howard County. This noncompetitive overnight walkathon raises tens of thousands of dollars annually for the American Cancer Society, and this year's event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on June 7.

The planning team has scheduled its next meeting for Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m., at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97, in Cooksville. All community members are welcome to attend. Go to to learn more, or contact the Relay Committee at 410-781-4316 or

The early bird catches the worm, or in the case of Marriotts Ridge High School Summer Camps, the early bird catches a discount special. Register your child for these sports or music camps by May 15, and each weekly session will cost $140. After that date, the price goes up to $155. Many, but not all, of the camps are geared toward middle and high school students.

To see the camp schedule or register online, go to

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