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Famous conductor joining Mount View Middle concert [West Friendship]

Family members of the late Chandler Robbins, famed ornithologist for whom a SkyWatch at the Howard County Conservancy is named, spot a Red-Shouldered Hawk during a dedication ceremony at the Conservancy.
Family members of the late Chandler Robbins, famed ornithologist for whom a SkyWatch at the Howard County Conservancy is named, spot a Red-Shouldered Hawk during a dedication ceremony at the Conservancy. (Courtesy photo)

Happy Days are here again.

All in the community are invited out to Mount View Middle School on May 21, at 7 p.m., when the chorus department presents the spring concert titled "Happy Days: Celebrating 25 years of Mount View."

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World-famous conductor and composer Z. Randall Stroope, who has conducted at Canterbury Cathedral in England, in Salzburg, Austria, as well as at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is a featured performer along with Mount View alumni and the present chorus of the middle school. The concert is free. Mount View is at 12100 Woodford Drive in Marriottsville.

More music is in the air at West Friendship Elementary on June 6 when the band and strings concerts will be presented. Band musicians will perform at 6 p.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance by the strings musicians. The Band Musicians of the Month of May include Christopher Choi, Taryn Manwiller, Avneesh Joshi, Sydney Proper, Joshua Clement, Julian Patterson, Helen Baur, Emma Hoff, Zelia Oommen, Sara Karachiwalla, Allison So, Meredith Flynn, Ruhhe Biurk, Liliana Williamson, Suhann Stewart, Lowan Tichenor and Ram Challagulla.

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What serendipity for members of the late Chandler Robbins’ family who attended the dedication of a SkyWatch at the Howard County Conservancy on April 21. Robbins was a renowned ornithologist for whom the SkyWatch is named. Several members of his family spotted a Red Shouldered Hawk during the dedication ceremony event. Chandler surely would have been charmed.

Two words. Strawberry shortcake. That’s enough to get anyone out to the Lisbon United Methodist Church Strawberry Festival. The yummy fruity fete is set for June 9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 15875 Frederick Road, just next to Lisbon Elementary School. Face painting, yard sale tables, bluegrass music and the main event, the strawberry delights. Call 410-489-9519.

Don’t fret if your little ones missed out on the lambs at the recent Sheep and Wool Festival. The Wills Fair is set for a day of beef, cattle, goats, lambs and dogs for show on May 19 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. 4-H members will be on hand with their animals all day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair is named to honor the late Richard N. Wills, who provided leadership for more than 50 years which enabled hundreds of youth and adults to participate in agricultural activities.

Mark your calendar for June 2, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the Funky Flea will be in full swing, presented by the vendors of the fanciful Pink Cabbage antique and gift emporium at the intersection of Route 144 and Triadelphia Road. This year, more than 70 vendors are expected, along with delicious barbecue and live music.

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"I felt like I was in old Italy", said an enthusiastic first time visitor to the grounds of the Shrine of Saint Anthony on Folly Quarter Road. Local prom attendees apparently felt the same thing as many herded to the Shrine to have their formal pictures taken with such a beautiful and natural backdrop of a setting.

My pal Joe over at the Shrine, who faithfully sends information on upcoming events wants people to know that the community is invited to a Feast Day Pilgrimage which honors St. Anthony on the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, June 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with special guest presenter Scott Hahn. Hahn is the author of numerous books and is a popular speaker and teacher. The event is free and includes talks, Adoration, Masses, confessions, live music, activities for children and more. For information, directions and a full schedule go to shrineofstanthony.org.

Organizers of theShepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church spring flea market and mini book sale are taking reservations for free yard sale spaces for the June 9 sale. Contact Carole Kramer at churchbooks@hotmail.com to reserve a spot.

Condolences to the family of Darrel M. Blizzard who passed away on April 22.

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