The pleasures of the table are over, a full refrigerator mute evidence of our indulgence. So how many ways can one serve leftover turkey?
The art displayed at the Savage Library has changed this month. Roberta Laric, Forest Ridge Elementary's art teacher, has hung works from second-, third- and fourth-graders.
On Tuesday, Laura Capano, the Savage Library's children's librarian, was showing some kids how to use the computer.
Everything went fine, until one of the children looked at the artwork over the Apple computer.
"Hey, I know him! He sits in my class," said the child.
That was it for the computer orientation, said Laura. After finding that they knew the artists, Laura's patrons lost all interest in the computer.
Artwork from third- and fourth-graders graces the walls over the fTC computer and around the parent-toddler area. The third-graders made collages with colored construction paper, in the style of Matisse.
The artists used both the positive and the negative of the images cut out of paper and assembled on the collage. There are images hidden in the mostly abstract works. Franco Fiorio's red figures holding hands are obvious, but look for the teddy bears in Jesse Weiman's work. Marsha Johnson's yellow people dance across the paper. Michael Burgess', Ashley Sprague's, Alex Tsikedanos' and Maria Genovese's collages hang over the computer.
Fourth-graders Justin Harmon, Scott Tsikedanos, Jennifer McKisson, William Pace and Marie Miller contributed works to brighten up the area, too. Their works are wax-resistant family portraits, washed over with watercolors.
The three works representing the second grade shimmer like wet stained glass over the copier near the circulation desk. Vytas Rivers, Willie Vincent and Lisa DiCamillo drew heavy wax crayon abstract shapes in glimmering colors.
Bollman Bridge sponsors a family movie next Friday at 7 p.m. Bring one and all to "Benji, The Hunted." Thrill to the canine antics! Guess the surprise ending!
Admission $1 for those over 2, free to those under 2 years. Cheap eats and drinks served: 25 cents for soda and popcorn. I'll be in the front row rooting for the pooch.
Ray Miles has the flu. Actually, almost everyone has had it this year, but in his case it may be worse.
He is not only the music director of Savage United Methodist Church, but he had been working for the last two months on conducting a benefit performance of Handel's "Messiah" there. He missed the 40-voice rehearsal Sunday due to illness (Ed Lewis of the Greenbelt and Lanham Chorale filled in). That's the bad news.
The good news is that Mr. Miles has done a magnificent job. The benefit for local and world hunger will be sung at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in the restored Great Room in Savage Mill. More than 50 people have joined the chorus. They are members of 20 or so Columbia, Savage and Laurel church choirs, as well as talented individuals. Sponsors have underwritten the entire cost of the orchestra and of soloists.
The soloists are local professional singers Sharon Stewart, Patricia Pitts and John Haugh, and Jim Scopeletis, who hails from Virginia.
So everything is going fine, except that the musical director has the flu. Luckily, he doesn't have to sing.
Bethel Christian Academy, a private elementary school on Savage Guilford Road, had a very successful spaghetti dinner last month. Special thanks go to the first-grade students, who sold nearly $400 worth of tickets. The two kindergarten classes each sold more than $150 worth and the fifth grade contributed $140.
The students of the month for October were just announced. Congratulations to kindergartners Ryan Spikes and Dennis Harrison, first-grader Jessica Peggins, second-grader Kourtney Bennett, third-grader Christopher McKinney, fourth-grader Tony Nathan, fifth-grader Landry Hanza and to Michael Erikson, who was student of the month for the combined sixth through eighth grades.
Hammond Middle School will hold its annual Winter Chorus and Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15.
Seated around the Thanksgiving table, we remember those we love with praise and gratitude. We are also thankful for the bounty of the earth, the civil peace we enjoy and the consolation of our faiths.
It is only the next day, though, that I, at least, remember to thank the neighbors, most unknown to me, who contribute so much to life. So, in no particular order, thank you to the firefighters, both volunteer and professional, you give me peace of mind.
Thank you to the man painting over a racial epithet on the bridge; to Marian Mathews, for decades as Savage's librarian; to Elisabeth Fixen, a newcomer like me, who runs the children's program at the Lutheran church; to Dennis Thornton who repairs Carroll Baldwin Hall; to the men who pushed my car out of a snowbank on Route 32 last year; to all who passed out Halloween candy.
To my fellow jurors on panel 7, who dutifully came week after week to give the accused the option of a jury trial. Each of these and the hundreds of others who do their own jobs with verve, then run Scout troops, type bulletins, donate blood, sing with choirs, cook for the homeless, testify before the County Council, write letters to congressmen and editors, leave flowers by the side of the road, participate in the life of the community, thank you. You enrich our lives.