"She's the emblem of the land I love, the home of the free and the brave!" Yep, the Grand Old Flag will be the star of the 17th annual Severna Park Fourth of July Parade.
The parade, sponsored by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce, steps off at 10:30 a.m. at St.Martins-In-The-Field Lutheran Church on Benfield Road. It swings onto Evergreen and Riggs roads, takes a left onto B & A Boulevard and goes past the Olde Village Center before it marches into the back entrance of Park Plaza.
Children entering the bicycle-decorating contest will register from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Severna Park Elementary School and will be phased into the parade. Prizes donated by local merchants will be awarded at the grandstand in the plaza.
Parade emcee is Pat Minarcin of WBAL-TV.
Grand marshal honors will be shared by retired Navy Capt.Richard Teel and his wife, Anne.
A lifelong Severna Park resident, Teel retired in 1966 after 30 years in the Navy and spent the next 13 years with the Naval Academy Alumni Association. He says his retirement from that organization is probably his last. Teel is the son ofRoland M. Teel, who in 1914 founded Severn School.
The processionwill feature giant balloon characters provided by the Carrollton Manor community.
Crowds will cheer two color guards, the marching bands of Severna Park High School and the Annapolis Area Christian School, Boy and Girl Scout troops, Cub Scouts and cadets, the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Department, the Severna Park Post Office and military vehicles.
Special guests-of-honor will be a group of local service men and women who served in Operation Desert Storm.
The celebration continues from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Festival at Park Plaza.
Jean Zemo, of the Teetertotter, has arranged the biggest afternoon ever. The youngsters will love the Moonbounce and the carnival games.
Costumed players from the Maryland Renaissance Festival will portray medieval characters as they distribute discount coupons to the annual late summer festival.
The Anne Arundel County Young Republicans will assist with voter registration, and members of the fire department will put on a demonstration.
There will be plenty to eat: hot dogs will be served by the Severna Park Kiwanis Club; hamburgers by the Annapolis Parents Without Partners; and pit beef and knackwurst by the Severna Park Jaycees. Caramel corn and lemonade also will be available.
The Jaycees also will be selling $1 raffle tickets for a deluxe Thermos gas grill. The grill is on display at Clement's Hardware, where tickets also can be purchased.
The Severn River Lions Club will serve up the perfect antidote for the summer heat: a free Popsicle at the end of the parade.
The march is open to all community residents.
It's not too late to enter your float, walking unit, antique auto, scout troop or children's entries.
If you are orknow of a returned veteran, please contact the chamber.
For parade or festival information, call chamber representative Linda Zahn at 987-6622 or Zemo at 647-1094.
If you listen, they will play.
Six good friends from Severna Park High have organized a classic rock-and-roll and Top 40 band, "The Boys of Summer."
Group members are: Tom Black, keyboard; Kevin O'Leary, lead guitar; Colin McGough, bass guitar; Aaron McKinnon, drums; Woody Yarnell, horn; and Pete Garvey, lead singer.
Interested in hearing their sound? Call 647-4254or 987-4675.
On Tuesday, at 2 and 3 p.m., children in gradesone through six are invited to the Severna Park branch library to see an excerpt from the Walt Disney film, "Tron."
Shown as part of the Summer Reading Program, the Disney film is about a video game thatcomes to life. The one-hour show will include a visit from the library mascot, "Chester," the reading dog.
The show is free, but seating is limited. At the same time as the presentation a story time willbe conducted to keep the preschoolers in the family busy.
Seventeen members of Severn School's Class of 1991 received Presidential Academic Fitness Awards at commencement exercises.
Established in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, the awards honor students who havea 3.3 grade point average, standardized test scores in the 80th percentile and who complete 12 credits in the new basic skills.
The winners are: Martin Braun, Christopher Capozzoli, Adam Jackson and MarcMorlock of Severna Park; Johnny Doh, Nicole Huberfeld, Andrew Plummer and William Wright of Annapolis; Grant Dvorak and Erich Horn of Arnold; and Brendan Haggerty of Gambrills.
Also, Albert Han and Bridget Hargadon of Pasadena; Cheryl Helman and Stacy Nabers of Glen Burnie; and Carrie MacVean and Daniel Wu of Davidsonville.
It wasn't billed as such, but the car wash two Saturday's ago at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church looked like "the biggest car wash in the world."
Spread across the entire parking lot, young people and adults armed with buckets and towels labored from early morning until late afternoon under an unseasonably hot June sun.
At the end of the day, 620 cars had been washed.
The money earned from all that rubbingand scrubbing is earmarked this summer for two youth ministry projects. Members of Woodswork will travel to Baldwin, Mich., to assist in the building of four houses for Habitat for Humanity.
Members of Woodties will use their talents to spruce up, repair and renovate the Salem Christian Children's Trust, a foster care home in Frostburg.
Members of the Severna Park Jaycees brought home more than sandin their suitcases in May after the annual Maryland Jaycee Convention in Ocean City. They brought home the honors!
Tom Rohr was recognized as a U.S. Jaycee International member, the highest Jaycee honor.Rohr also was named Program Manager of the Year.
Several local officers were honored: Joel Garber, first place, management vice president; Will Dekroney, second place, state director; Fred Wood, third place, president; and Bill DeHoff, fifth place, community vice president.
Judi Wood was named first place Speak Up winner for the fourth quarter and second overall for the year.
These projects were namedbest in state: Special Olympics bowling, Joe and Jeanie Hanna; "Beacon," the Jaycee newsletter, Anne Magrath and Michele Kountz; and the Fabulous '50s Dance, Judi Wood and Michele Kountz.
In the Parade of Chapters, Severna Park secured fifth place.
Walking away with the top honor in the state as Best Overall Project of the Year was the Fabulous '50s Dance.
Look for the next Severna Park Neighborscolumn July 5. The Anne Arundel County Sun will not be published on July 4. This column will resume on Thursdays after the holiday.
Have a great Fourth of July!