Gospel music concert planned at Interfaith Center


The lively, joyous and euphonic sounds of gospel music will reverberate through the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center on Saturday. The event is an early evening concert featuring the St. John Baptist Church Gospel Choir. The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The choir will be directed by Valeria Foster, who is no stranger to Columbia. Ms. Foster taught at Owen Brown Middle School for two years and was the first choral director at Hammond High School. She was also active in area summer theater groups. For the past 11 years, she has been the director of the University of Maryland's renowned 120-voice Gospel Choir.

Ms. Foster is noted for her spirited and energetic performances as both a director and vocalist with various gospel choirs and choral groups, including her own singing quartet, Shades of Black. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, in Europe with the London Symphony and Helsinki (Finland) Philharmonic, and at the White House by tTC presidential invitation. She also has been a regular performer at the Columbia City Fair.

Saturday's concert will feature new music, including selections written by local composers Robert Fryson and Carlton Burgess.

For additional concert information, call 730-7920.


"Little Shop of Horrors" was an award-winning off-Broadway show which also enjoyed great success as a movie.

On Nov. 11, 12 and 13, this delightful musical comedy will be offered by the Wilde Lake High School drama department.

"This is an ambitious production," says director Tracy Adler. "But the kids wanted to do it, and they have worked hard since early September to make it happen."

Stage manager Mandy Mall has spent months preparing costumes and gathering stage props, and choreographer Cathy Leatherwood has worked tirelessly with the cast.

The cast and stage crew have spent endless hours building and painting the elaborate set.

"Everyone has done their part," says Ms. Adler. "It's been a team effort."

The cast includes Rachel Abrams as Audrey, Toby Morrison as Seymour and Daniel Miller as Mr. Mushnik, the shop owner.

The girl singing group features Amy Sheff (Chiffon), Elise Oesterreicher (Crystal), Kisha Webb (Ronette) and Jamika Roberts (Shirelle).

Other cast members are David Politzer, Chris Hitzelberger, Nelson Brooks, Tiffani Osterhout and James Toler as the voice of Audrey II, the alien plant.

Tickets are $5. They may be purchased in advance by calling the school at 313-6965.

The school box office will open at 7 p.m. on the day of each performance. All performances start at 8 p.m.


If those oldies, but goodies, of the '50s and '60s suit your taste in music, Atholton High School is where you'll want to be this Saturday when the AHS Music Boosters sponsors an "Oldies Concert."

For many people (yes, I'm referring to those of us in the prime of middle age), names like The Coasters, The Duprees and The Caveliers will bring back fond memories of old Chevys, drive-in movies and misty moonlight evenings on the dunes at Ocean City.

All three groups, with several of the original members still alive

and well -- and, most importantly, still singing -- will perform all their greatest hits in what promises to be a veritable musical feast of oldies.

Hey, who needs that oldies station on the car radio when you can go see the real thing performing live and in-person?

There will be two shows, at 6 p.m. and again at 9 p.m.

Admission is $20 per person.

For more information, call the Atholton Music Department at 313-7075.


Rose Marie Holsing moved away from Columbia two years ago when her husband, Alan, was transferred to Pittsburgh. The former Harper's Choice couple left many friends behind, myself included.

Several weeks ago, I received a copy of a small book titled "Talking 101," written and self-published by Rose Marie. She asked me for my "honest" opinion. Well, honestly, I was pleasantly surprised.

She calls it a handbook for personal communication. It's a small book with a lot of helpful information on how to handle common situations people experience when trying to communicate with each other. Many of the points made are common sense responses to tense situations that, in the heat of an argument or during a moment of stress, escape us. The program presented by "Talking 101" teaches us to channel our thoughts, and then say and do the right thing under those situations.

Rose Marie says she is currently negotiating with a distributor and is hopeful that copies of "Talking 101" will soon be available in local bookstores.


A Holiday Craft and Bake Sale will be held Nov. 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of Howard County General Hospital.

The sale, sponsored by the hospital's Employee/Volunteer Auxiliary, will feature a large variety of crafts items, including dried flowers, wreaths, handcrafted jewelry, handmade Christmas decorations, ceramics and many other items.

There also will be a wide selection of baked goods, including homemade breads, cakes, pies, cookies, candy and jelly.

For additional information, call 740-7980.

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