This summer, the Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Barry Enzman, will perform at many of the famous jazz festivals in Europe. Enzman will retire after the band returns from the European tour, so this is a special year for the group. To raise money for the trip a contest was held to design a T-shirt which could be sold to promote the Jazz Under the Stars Concert.
The contest was organized by Emily Michaels, a teacher in the Glenelg High School Art Department, and was open to all Glenelg students. Seven students submitted designs, and Enzman chose the winning design without knowing which students were the artists. The winning design was created by junior Kevin Cincotta, who happens to be the lead alto saxophonist for the Jazz Ensemble.
The Jazz Under the Stars Concert will be held Saturday, May 23, at 5 p.m., at Chapel View Farm in Woodbine. Tickets will cost $35 for adults and $17 for children 12 and under. Children under 5 are free. The evening includes a meal catered by Putting on the Ritz and awesome jazz by the Jazz Ensemble with special guest artist Damon Foreman. You can purchase tickets from any member of the Glenelg Marching Unit, the school office or online at http://www.JazzUnderTheStars.com.
A number of events are being planned in honor of Barry Enzman's retirement after 41 amazing years as band director at Glenelg. On Friday, June 12, from 7 p.m. until midnight, there will be a celebration at Bean and Burgundy Restaurant in Ellicott City. The ticket price of $22.50 includes live music, soft drinks and light Korean fusion fare. A cash bar will be available.
On Saturday, June 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. there will be a concert and celebration in the Glenelg High School auditorium featuring music and speeches by many people who have been influenced by Enzman throughout his long career. This event is free, but you must have tickets in order to be guaranteed a seat. Information about tickets for both events is available on the Fans of Barry Enzman Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/thanksbarry/ You can also go to the website http://www.thanksbarry.com
On Sunday, June 14, you will have one final opportunity to hear the Glenelg Jazz Ensemble before they leave for Europe. They will perform a free concert on the Columbia Lakefront Stage at 3 p.m. during the Columbia Festival of the Arts, Lakefront Summer Festival.
On Thursday, May 14, you can support the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs at Folly Quarter Middle School by purchasing frozen treats at Yogi Castle, 10132 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City. Between 2:30 and 10 p.m. Yogi Castle will donate 25 percent of their proceeds to Folly Quarter's STEM programs.
Liz Rolland, a friend of Lisa Trovillion, the local author of "False Gods", has written a short story called "Facebook Can Be Fatal". This story has been entered in an online contest at http://www.freeditorial.com. If you go to the website you can find the story on the link Long Short Story Contest, download the story for free and read it on your computer, your phone or e-book reader.
Each download of the story is a vote, and the contest continues through June 4. If she wins the contest, Rolland, who lives in Marriottsville, plans to donate the prize to two Akita rescue organizations in honor of Ginny, her Akita dog who died recently. The story is fun to read, and this is an easy way to support a good cause.
There will be a 5k Memorial Run and one mile fun run or walk on Saturday, May 16, at the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum on Route 144 across from the fair grounds. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds will go to the Brice Ridgely Memorial Fund, which provides financial assistance for agricultural programs. Ridgely, a farmer from Cooksville, often gave time and money to his neighbors when they needed help with their livestock, and the fund will continue his legacy. The 5k run will be entirely cross country, through fields and along walking trails, so it is not good for strollers. The fun run and walk will take place on a dirt road, and will be somewhat better for strollers. Entry fees for the run will be $30 and include a t-shirt and coupons for drinks and food after the race. The walk is free, but does not include the shirt or coupons. There will be cash prizes for the top finishers of the run. This family friendly day will feature a live auction, music, food, crafts, western demonstrations and games for children. For more information and to sign up go to http://www.BriceRidgelyFund.org. Coordinator Melissa Ridgely Covolesky can answer questions at Covolesky@gmail.com, or by phone at 443-472-3975.