Women are the highlight of this week's column, and beauty is the main focus.
"I like to sing, and I love to see people smile, especially when we go to nursing homes," said Theresa Fries of Linthicum, a member of the Beauty Shop Quartet. Fries and fellow members Adrienne Terenzoni, Barb Whitford and Jen Hunt have put together a comedy show that is a parody of "Life in the Beauty Shop."
Dressed in white shoes, pink smocks and wild, colorful wigs, the group pokes good-natured fun at beauty parlors. Terenzoni, a former beautician, has supplied the group with funny anecdotes about what could go wrong.
Fries said the quartet got started by accident. As members of the Elkridge Chorus, Sweet Adelines, the four created a comedy routine for the chorus' Kookie Quartet Contest last year.
"Everyone said we sounded so good that we decided to keep our group together," Fries said. "We do serious music, but our thrust is comedy."
They sing in four-part, barbershop-style harmony.
The quartet's repertoire includes jazz, big-band, seasonal and traditional music as well as a comedy show. The group even delivers singing telegrams on Valentine's Day, anniversaries, Mother's Day or other special events.
Fries is a full-time homemaker who sings for fun. She has been a member of the Elkridge Chorus for 15 years.
"The residents of a nursing home that we were returning to a second time all had big smiles on their faces when they saw that we were back," she said. "It felt wonderful to see their happiness."
For information, call 544-9986.
Cathy Ulrich, owner of Head To Toe in Linthicum, is planning a beauty makeover for one lucky lady and gifts for several others. Ulrich is planning a grand opening drawing to mark the relocation of Head To Toe at 500 Camp Meade Road in the Linthicum Plaza.
Women are invited to register for prizes at the shop through Nov. 11. The drawing is Nov. 12. No purchase is necessary.
Three people will win assorted beauty products. The grand prize winner will receive a two-day beauty makeover. The first day will consist of a makeup and hair analysis, a European facial, a shoulder and face massage, and a skin mask. The winner returns the second day for a manicure, pedicure and hair styling.
Ulrich has been in Linthicum for about 20 years. She and her staff provide a full-service salon for women and men.
"We have a nonsmoking policy for our shop. Many people like to know that," she said. "You won't leave with your hair smelling like smoke."
For information, call 684-2546.
Unlike others who enter beauty pageants, Dawn Mentch of Ferndale didn't start when she was a child or even a teen. She started this year, at age 28. With encouragement from her husband, Pete Mentch, she entered the Ultimate Maryland Cowgirl Contest and was named the state winner in September. She will compete in the national tournament from Nov. 18-21 in Nashville, Tenn.
She will be judged in four Western clothing categories, including casual country and country elegance, an evening gown competition.
The national winner will receive $10,000 in cash and prizes, a role in a movie, and appearances at other national pageants.
Mentch works full time as a mortgage banker and enjoys country-western dancing with her husband. They take dance classes twice a week and attend dances every weekend.
"I agreed to enter the Maryland contest because it almost fit me," she said. "Pete and I are into country music, we enjoy it and it's fun for all ages."
The District 32 Democratic Club is sponsoring a country-western dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 40, Fifth Avenue and Post 40 Road.
The dance will feature the Dancing DJs, Jim and Mindy Ratliff, who will teach the latest country-western dances. Tickets are $15 a person and include beer and setups.
Call 969-9325 for tickets.
The club will meet Thursday at the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The cost is $4. The meeting begins at 8 p.m. State Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein is the scheduled speaker.
Those interested in joining are welcome to attend. For more information, call Evelyn Kellner at 969-9325 or Valerie Serio at 850-0470.
The Anne Arundel Gridiron Rebels is sponsoring basketball registration for boys and girls, ages 14 and younger, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday starting tomorrow through Nov. 30 at North County High School. The registration fee is $35 a child or $40 a family. Parents must bring their children's birth certificates to registration.
For information, call Bob Petrocelli at 255-7450.
The Rebels' general meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Cromwell Elementary School Media Center.
The Anne Arundel Alarmers Association's semiannual Oyster and Bull Roast is Sunday at the Earleigh Heights Fire Hall. Food will be served from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with dancing until 6 p.m.
Atlantic Caterers will provide the food. Music is by the band Final Touch. Tickets are $20 and are available at Kroeger Electric between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
For information, call 766-1416 or 761-4679 in the evening.