Summer is officially here when the carnivals come to town, and the Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company's carnival was 11 days of nonstop fun! As a major fund-raiser, this event has been a mainstay of the community, and has undergone many changes over the years. The changes, however, have made the carnival more successful, and a pleasure to attend.
Jolly Shows brought a variety of rides, games of chance and food, and there was an admission charge at the gate. In previous years, the carnival was held at the Metro Lot and each year there seemed to be more trouble than the last. The move to the mall parking lot, as well as fencing the area in and charging admission, has deterred the crowds that usually came just to stir up trouble.
In fact, the change is so noticeable that Lt. Richard Landsman said that it should be the model for all of Baltimore County carnivals. In the 11 days of the event, there were no incidences or reports written. Officer Mike Klein said that the carnival has taken on a whole new atmosphere, a family atmosphere, which was evident each night as children rode the merry-go-round, ferris wheel and bumper cars.
As a fund-raiser, the fire company made less than last year's $35,000, but the weather held for the duration and those that came out had a wonderful time. My own personal thanks to OMVFC's Rudy Johnson, whose friendly face who greeted us at the gate and who couldn't believe my husband and I were seniors (old folks got in free)!
We want to commend everyone at the fire company, and the police department, for doing such an outstanding job. If you missed the carnival this year, make sure to put it on the calendar for next June.
The clock has struck midnight and Cinderella has traded her ball gown for rags and her coach for a pumpkin. This classic children's fairy tale is being brought to life on the stage at New Town High School this summer and the cast has had six weeks to polish their performance.
Liberty Showcase Theatre (LST) originated in the spring of 1973 and has been dazzling audiences ever since. A local community theatre group, LST provides an educational environment for those wanting to hone their craft.
This production of Cinderella refers back to the traditional version in which Julie Andrews starred in 1957. A story that transcends generations, it never gets old.
With a cast of 38 and 22 more in the crew and orchestra, producer Judy Lambert has a great group to work with on her first-ever production with LST. Catherine Rizzo has the dream role of Cinderella and Kevin James Logan portrays Prince Charming. Ted McCadden and Jay Althouse are the show's two directors and put in countless hours overseeing rehearsals, set building and lighting.
Doug Kotula is the choreographer who will make sure the waltzes flow effortlessly. Equally important is the costume designer, and they have found a gem in Sally Kahn. For almost 40 years, she has been designing and sewing costumes for all the productions.
On July 14, there will be a full dress rehearsal and the audience will be filled with disadvantaged youth, foster and homeless children and summer camps. LST strives to provide a theater opportunity to those that may not have the chance; it's all about community outreach.
The performances for Cinderella will be on July 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 8 p.m., and then on July 17 and 24 at 3 p.m. General admission is $16 and children under 12, and seniors, are just $13. All performances are at New Town High School, located at 4931 New Town Boulevard. For further information, please call 410-340-0821.
The school bells may have stopped ringing, but the bells at McDonogh School are pealing every Friday night throughout the month of July. The 33rd annual Summer Carillon Recital Series happens at the Tagart Memorial Chapel from 7 to 8 p.m., rain or shine. July 15 will find Karel Keldermans of Springfield, Illinois, as the carillonneur. After the recital, the tower will be open for tours.
Listeners are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic suppers and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area. The recital series runs through July 29, and McDonogh School is located at 8600 McDonogh Road.
Congratulations go out to two teens who have recently achieved a rite of passage: getting a driver's license. Nicole Donovan and Nathan Marzola are now behind the wheel solo, and they are wished good luck and reminded not to talk on a cell phone or text while driving. Having a license is a privilege and an awesome responsibility, so be careful out there.
A very special 45th wedding anniversary is wished to Janet and Harry Wallet, who celebrated on June 26. May you be blessed with many more.
Happy, happy birthday to Julian Itwaru who turned 21 on July 11; you are officially, and legally, an adult!
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and finding fun things to do. If you would like to share anything with the OMT readers, please call me or email, and I'd be happy to pass along your news. See you Aug. 11.