'Castle on a Cloud' ice show to feature professionals, amateurs EAST COLUMBIA


The Columbia Figure Skating Club has scheduled its 19th Annual Ice Show for Saturday and Sunday at the Columbia Ice Rink in Oakland Mills.

This year's "Castle on a Cloud" features amateur and professional skaters in vignettes and solo performances from popular Broadway and movie productions, including "Les Miserables," "Guys and Dolls," "The Wizard of Oz," "Aladdin" and "The Addams Family."

Skaters from East Columbia include: Leslie Burkhard, Lauren Clark, Sarah Dreifuss, Julie Glisan, Valerie Kuehne, Kasenia Lantsky, Tiffany Mead, April Morrison, Ryann Pfefferstein, Britanny Sobwick, Pat Stephens and Amanda, Amy, Alicia and Charles Buckler. Mike and Mary Derby share the technical and crew directors' responsibilities.

The 65 members of the group's "Top Hats and Toe Picks" troupe also are featured in the show as well.

Scott Gregory, former Olympic ice dancing competitor, will be one of the guest professional skaters. Scott won the 1987 and '88 United States Dance Championships and competed in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia and in Calgary, Canada. He coaches at the international figure skating training center at the University of Delaware's Ice Skating Science Development Center in Newark, Del.

The Columbia Figure Skating Club's members range in age from 6 to 56 and enjoy recreational as well as competitive skating.

Last year more than 3,000 people attended the sold-out annual ice skating performances. Because of the popularity of the annual shows, all tickets are sold in advance at the ice rink office, (410-730-0322).

The show schedule is 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m, Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. on Sunday. Information: 410-730-3760 or 301-498-5953.


During their annual Blue Gold dinner, Webelos of Cub Scout Pack 649 -- Bram Ashland, Russell Brammer, David Buckler, Nicholas Thomas and Jeff Spaulding -- became official Boy Scouts during a bridging ceremony performed by Greg Buckler of Troop 601 and Chris Correll of Troop 874.

Father Richard Tillman, pastor of St. John's Catholic parish, which sponsored the pack, read the invocation.

Pat Roth, Butch Colby, Tom Spaulding and Jim Kennedy, represented troops 75, 601 and 613 at the ceremony at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center.


Courtney Fiore, from Oakland Mills High School exhibited her mixed media art this month in the lobby of the Howard County Board of Education.

Courtney was the only student selected to exhibit her work along with county teachers in the exhibit, "The Art Teacher As Artist."

Her work was submitted by her art mentor and instructor, water color artist Alice Webb.

In a mentor program, students earn credit while specializing in a particular field of interest. Courtney was selected for the school's art mentor program while studying with local artist and teacher, David Zuccerini. She plans to major in art studies at college next year.

L Paul and Carla Fiore and brother Jamie are her proud family.

Art teachers from east Columbia who exhibited their work in the Main Gallery were Janet Baird, from Thunder Hill Elementary; Deborah Bourke, of Stevens Forest Elementary; Nancy Charamella, who teaches at Dasher Green Elementary; Tom Fox, from Phelps Luck Elementary; Laurie Kwolek, of Atholton Elementary; Tolly Rumbaugh, from Oakland Mills Middle School; Pinky Strother, of Owen Brown Middle; and Mark Luce, from Jeffers Hill Elementary.


Kings Contrivance Restaurant, educational partner at large for the county school system, sponsored a lunch March 17 for Bushy Park Elementary School and it's educational partner, Gallery 44.

Gallery 44 owner Marian Berman will provide art history and resource information for the school's 4th- and 5th-grade Photography Club and advise them on matting and framing in preparation for their exhibit this spring at Gallery 44.

Representing Bushy Park at the luncheon were principal Philip Arbaugh, media specialist, Diane Pickeral and art teacher, Denise Venezia.


Volunteers are invited to attend the Columbia Festival of the Arts Volunteer Orientation Meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 13 at Columbia Association's headquarters on Wincopin Circle.

The festival will be held June 17 to June 27 this year. Volunteers from previous years and new volunteers will learn the details of this year's events.

Volunteers are needed to help drive visiting performers to and from trains and planes, rehearsals and hotels. Passenger cars and vans are needed to accommodate performers, instruments and luggage.

Leslie Landsman, volunteer coordinator, needs your help with booths, refreshments, ushers, office, box office, backstage crew, trash and event flags. Plan to come to the meeting, bring your friends and neighbors, meet other volunteers and select your specialty.

Transportation: 410-740-4479; Leslie: 410-725-3044.

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