West Friendship: Artist-in-residence puts on quite a show at West Friendship Elementary

Rainy days and Mondays may get some folks down, but not the students at West Friendship Elementary who were wowed by the sounds of artist-in-residence Slim Harrison during an early morning assembly Oct. 3, rousing enough to wake up the neighborhood.

Harrison, a world renowned performer who is a master artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, will be in residence at West Friendship Elementary through Friday, Oct. 14. With a repertoire which includes teaching the roots of American Folk Music, the students at West Friendship are geared for honing skills of song, dance, history of folk music and even instrument making.

The music room at West Friendship has never been so "dosey doe" and "swing your partner." Harrison's residency will culminate with an authentic hoedown Oct. 14.

Del. Gail Bates of West Friendship was recently honored as one of two "Outstanding Ex-Students" by the Sherman Ex-Students Association. Bates attended Sherman High School in Sherman, Texas only for one year as a sophomore, yet she has kept in touch with her former classmates and has visited the school during a Sherman High reunion several years ago.

"I am so tickled that many of my former classmates remembered me. It was for such a short period of time that I was at Sherman, but the friendships formed there have lasted a lifetime. I am humbled by their recognition of my work," Bates said.

Del. Bates was given the award in honor of her work in the Maryland General Assembly, as well as her volunteer work in the community.

Emily Schweich, president of the Glenelg High School Key Club, is an enthusiastic officer who reports that the first meeting of the year reached an attendance of more than 50 students.

The officers of the club, which is sponsored by the Ellicott City Kiwanis Club includes Vice President Michael Finnan, Secretary Jennifer Marion, Membership Manager Maria Smith, Public Relations Officers Bella Onwumbiko and Julie Doan, Website Manager Ethan Goff and Faculty Adviser Carol Doermann.

The busy and active civic minded club members are hard at work preparing for the first project of the year. This fall, the Key Club is raising money for Unicef, the organization which provides children in more than 150 countries with health care, clean water, nutrition programs, education and emergency relief.

Trick-or-treat for Unicef has long been a pet project of the Key Club at Glenelg High. This year during the Glenelg High homecoming football game Oct. 22, Key Club members will offer candy bags to anyone who donates $1 or more to Unicef. The same project will be in force during the Nov. 4 Glenelg High Senior Night football game.

Club members also plan to Trick-or-treat for Unicef on Halloween using the traditional small orange collection boxes. Last year, Glenelg High School's Key Club raised more than $7000 for the American Cancer Society. Emily is thrilled that several area high schools have announced the formation of Key Club chapters. Marriotts Ridge and River Hill high schools have recently joined the bandwagon.

Ellie Feaga, a fourth-grade student at Bushy Park Elementary, is hard at work on her annual charity effort. In 2010, undaunted by a late season snowstorm, the youngster organized a bake sale for the Red Cross Haiti Relief fund. Poor weather or not, Ellie managed to raise a handsome $2,000 for the cause. Last October, fueled by the success of her earlier fund raising efforts, Ellie held a bake sale to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Cure fund. Dozens of brownies, pink cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies later, Feaga had raised a bundle of money for the Komen fund.

This year, Ellie has chosen March of Dimes as recipient of her bake sale fundraiser. As in other years, Ellie will hold the sale at her family home at 15211 Frederick Road in Woodbine. The bake sale is set for Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Young Ellie is sending out a call for donations of baked goods. If you would like to bake something for the sale, deliveries should be made Oct. 28, the day before the sale.

Questions on the sale? Email Ellie through her mom at ksfeaga@mris.com.

Did someone say, "Boo!" Woods, fields, streams, scary costumed ghouls and goblins. Just a few of the thrills in store for those who join the spooky fun during the third annual Three Mile Haunted Hay Ride, in West Friendship.

The Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum presents the scary, spooky jaunt during a series of Three Mile Haunted Hay Rides. Proceeds from the hair tingling event will benefit the West Friendship museum.

"This is a perfect way to enjoy some good, clean, spooky fun while helping to preserve Howard County's farm heritage," Virginia Frank said.

The hay rides are set for Oct. 14 ,15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. The Farm Museum is at 12985 Frederick Road (Route 144) in West Friendship.

Questions? Call 410-489-2345 or go to the club website at http://www.farmheritage.org.

Speaking of spooky spiders. Here's a reminder about another local Halloween exhibit. Brother Gerry Seipp, one of the Franciscan Friars at the Shrine of St. Anthony on Folly Quarter Road, loves trains. Seipp has been collecting trains, train accessories, train postcards, well anything that is connected to rails, since he was a youngster growing up in East Baltimore.

Now, Brother Gerry is sharing his passion for trains with the community. The friar has set up a fabulous fall theme train garden for the month of October. Come to the Manor House at the Shrine of St. Anthony to see Brother Gerry's Halloween train garden.

Families are invited to come out and enjoy this free of charge event Oct. 16, 23 and 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. on each of the Sundays. The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road, in Ellicott City.

Columbia Pro Cantare members Sara Cronk, Sharon Stewart, of West Friendship, Jean McCulley, of Woodbine, and Carol Anne Bucher, of Woodstock, are particularly delighted with the opening concert of the season.

The 35th anniversary of the renowned choral group is celebrating Howard County history in its fall concert. The chorus, under the direction of Frances Motyca Dawson, is thrilled to perform "The Old Brick Oratorio," written by local composer Tom Benjamin, who is the Minister of Music of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia and a retired professor of theory and composition at the Peabody Institute.

The concert is set for Saturday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. For ticket information, call 301-854-0107, 410-799-9321 or online at http://www.procantare.org.

Speaking of the performing arts. Don't forget the fall staple of Marriotts Ridge High School's annual "Jukebox" musical. The family friendly musical evening is set for Oct. 13-15, 7 p.m., in the school auditorium, 12100 Woodford Drive in Marriottsville.

Questions? Last-minute ticket information? Go to the website at http://www.mrhstheatre.org.

Fall is upon us and so is the upcoming roster of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church monthly Thursday night suppers. It's Italian feast night with all the trimmings Oct. 27, 6 to 8 p.m., when the feast donated by Smokin' Hot Catering of Glenwood will be held at 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood.

Dine in or carry out. Organizers will post balloons to guide the way to the church which is between the Glenwood Post Office and Union Chapel Road.

Cost is $9 per person or $30 per family. Proceeds from the October dinner will fund Worldwide Shelters.

Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-292-8202 or e-mail Lynne at lynnequinn@comcast.net.

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