The roses are budding, ferns are unfurling. Irises erupt wit fresh colors each day. You'd love to transport the exuberance of spring growth into your home. Where do you learn the knack of arranging flowers artistically?
Jesus" and "I Love to Tell the Story," you'll want to go to Lazarus Lutheran Church in Lineboro on Sunday.
Those and other hymns will resound when the church sponsors an Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing at 7 p.m. May 23.
"We decided we'd like to sing the old favorite hymns," said Linda Calhoun, a member of the Lazarus Lutheran choir. She and Sherry Lang, Lazarus Lutheran organist and choir director, have invited five church choirs and area soloists for the evening concert and sing-along.
The church will collect a free-will donation for the Northeast Social Action Program.
At 6:45 p.m., a prelude to the hymn sing will begin with a performance by an eight-member handbell choir from Lazarus United Church of Christ, of Lineboro. They will be followed by a mother-daughter duet from Black Rock Church of the Brethren. Martha Brant, organist, will play "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" and other hymns with her daughter, Robyn Bortner, on the piano.
Church choirs from St. Mark's Lutheran of Hampstead, Lazarus United Church of Christ, Black Rock Church of the Brethren, St. Peter's Lutheran of Alesia and Lazarus Lutheran will present their own selection of hymns.
Favorite old hymns such as "Amazing Grace" and "Holy, Holy, Holy" will be led by the Rev. O. F. Kibbe of Salem United Methodist Church on Falls Road.
Accompanists will be Martha Brant on organ and David Livingston, from Westminster Church of God, on piano.
Interspersed in the program will be five solos and one duet. Soloists will be Mr. Kibbe; Ann Barcroft of Hampstead Baptist Church; Clarence Staub and Susan Johnson, both of Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Bachman Valley; and David Livingston of Westminster Church of God. The Rev. Philip G. Emanuel and Sherry Lang, both of Lazarus Lutheran, will sing a duet.
Church choirs in this area are small but enthusiastic. Choirs from Black Rock and St. Mark's are the largest, with 15 to 20 members.
The choir of Lazarus Lutheran has six members, including director Sherry Lang. "I'm really lucky," she said. "Even with the small number of us, we have a person in every part."
For information, call Ms. Lang at 374-6206, Linda Calhoun at 239-7010, or the Rev. Philip Emanuel at 848-7462.
The magic of summer evenings is heightened when the lights and music of a carnival illuminate the night.
A carnival for children (plus a ride or two for the young at heart) will arrive at the Robert's Field Shopping Center on June 3. Sponsored by a consortium of mall merchants, the carnival will run evenings from June 3 to 6.
The carnival will benefit the Gunpowder 4-H Club, which has members from the Melrose, Manchester and Hampstead area.
Participating merchants will provide dollar-saving coupons for rides on Thursday and Sunday nights.