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Cyclones dig, set and spike way to medal [West Friendship]

Congratulations to the Cyclones volleyball team, based out of the Gary Arthur Community Center in Glenwood, which recently won second place, earing a silver medal, during the Velocity Invitational Tournament. The club in its second year has made its home in western Howard County.

The Cyclones are made up of 16-year old girls from nearby high schools. Aileen Musselman, vice president of the East Coast Elite Volleyball Club, of which the Cyclones are members, could not be more proud.


Lauren Connor and her team at Glenelg United Methodist Church really are saying "yes to the dress". A fundraiser to benefit the church and its missions is in the works with frothy lace, tulle, satin, pearls and brocade as the main event.

A Wedding Belles Fashion Show is set for May 9 at 1 p.m. with local youth acting as models for the vintage wedding gowns of church parishioners. Church member Sally Stone's 1970 handmade wedding gown will be modeled by her granddaughter Madison. Stone recalls fashioning the dress with inspiration from "Jackie O." Carefully stored for 45 years, the elegant gown includes a 10-foot train.


More than 34 gowns have been lent by community members for the fashion show. For those who wish to enjoy a luncheon before the fashion show, tickets are $20. Tickets for the fashion show only are $10. Questions? Need tickets? Email Lauren Connor at

The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in West Friendship is celebrating its 42nd year as the East Coast's premier gathering dedicated to sheep, wool and, well, all things fleecy.

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The potters from Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton will be as usual in Barn 4, Booth 9 with wares to include Becky Moy's latest butter mold imprinted pots and peeking sheep bowls and trays. As for me, a stop in the main exhibition hall at Booth A 34 to find West Friendship's Breezy Willow Farm's R.J. Caulder and her heavenly scented soap products is always first on my list.

Local 4-H kids have prepared for months and always assist in the clean up after the festival. As in previous years, members of West Friendship's Living Farm Heritage Museum will assist with parking. The festival will be open on May 2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on May 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with events going on all day. Be warned. The traffic around the intersection of Routes 32 and 144 during this weekend have now become as legendary as the festival itself.

Damascus Road Community Church is hosting a Good News Event, a Haven family festival with an emphasis on ease of access for special needs and individuals with disabilities. Water play, moon bounce, games, hay rides, pony rides and snacks galore. The event is on May 3, 1-4 p.m., at the Mt. Airy Fairgrounds. Questions? Go to the website at

St. James United Methodist will hold vacation Bible school from July 6 to 10, 9 a.m. to noon. Children, preschool through fifth grade are invited to participated. Crafts, stories, recreation, music and snacks comprise the daily routine, with an overall theme of the Amazing Grace Adventures of "Gangway to Galilee". To sign up, call the church office, Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 410-442-2020 or email

Bette Hoover is thrilled to "come out of hibernation" with this wonderful spring weather. Come out to Eden Valley at 5085 Green Bridge Road in Dayton for a series of drop-in yoga sessions with Bette and her assistant Hannah. Classes are held on Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. on May 5 and 12, as well as two evening sessions on Mondays and Thursday's at 7:30 p.m. Drop in fees are $13. All levels and abilities are welcome. Questions? Call 410-531-5610.

Mark the calendar for next weekend when St. James United Methodist Church holds its annual Spring Fling May 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bedding plants, hanging baskets, tons of flea market finds, hot breakfast and lunch items in the fellowship hall and the yummy baked goods from the United Methodist Women's bake sale table. Proceeds from the sale benefit the St. James Camp Hope team. Organizers are taking reservations for those who would like to participate as a vendor. Outdoor yard sale table spaces are available. Interested? Call 410-442-2020 for information.


Not to be missed is the annual St. Andrew's flower herb and vegetable sale on May 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Union Chapel Road and Route 97 in Glenwood.