Hammond High reverts to Middle Ages Madrigal Feast offers music and food


Hammond High School's chorale department and the Chorale Boosters proudly present: the Middle Ages. Tomorrow night, Kathleen Schneider, vocal director at the school, sees her ambitions realized as hungry parents and students converge on the school for a Medieval Madrigal Feast.

Hammond principal and vice principals Marshall Peterson, Roger Plunkett and David Scuccimarra preside over the feast, as the King, the Lord High Commissioner and His Grace the Duke of Savage.

Ed Cass of Columbia Catering is providing the Cornish game hens and other finger foods. That's right, this is the Middle Ages, so no one eats with forks. Ron Bowman, the instruments director, will lead the string ensemble and the trumpet fanfares when the principals enter.

Kathleen Schneider, who also wrote the scripts for the performances, will direct the madrigal group, the night choir and the concert choir. Of course, the parents in the Boosters club invested sweat equity in this feast.

David Hoffman directed the drama and rehearsals. Kathy Shakelford designed the sets, including the castle. It has been so much work, yet so successful (tickets are sold out) that the boosters hope to do this for two performances next year.


St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church will celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and on Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m. All the church choirs will sing at the Wednesday night Mass. The church asks those attending to bring a nonperishable food item in honor of the day.


Bethel Assembly of God will be the site of Savage's annual Community Thanksgiving service this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Cliff Webner, pastor of Savage United Methodist Church, will deliver the sermon.


The Christmas season officially begins next Friday, but we professionals are warming up our holiday muscles, stretching our culinary tendons and otherwise preparing for the marathon run culminating in December. So, here following is a sneak preview of holiday activities to get you planning:

Santa Claus has had a special arrangement with the Savage Volunteer Fire Company for years. They are kindred spirits: Both Santa and the firefighters stay up all night to do good for people they've never met in person.

In the last week before Christmas, Mr. Claus doesn't have a whole lot to do. He's made his list, checked it twice, taken extra vitamins and gotten his flu shots. The elves have finished the gifts and are wrapping them. The reindeer are sorting out the order in which they will pull the sleigh.

So Mr. Claus is at loose ends. To pass the time, he hangs out with the Savage Volunteer Fire Company for a few nights, drinking cocoa and riding around meeting the neighbors.

The Savage Volunteers are very proud of their neighbors, and of their fire trucks. Every night, the members and Mr. Claus go riding around in the fire truck.

The volunteer firefighters plan to show Mr. Claus the Route 1 corridor on Dec. 19, stopping by Cedar Road, Lincoln Drive, Hicks Road, Upper Mission Road, Maple Village, Brent Woods, Beach Crest, Crescents, Midway and Pfeisters trailer parks.

On Dec. 20, the merry crew will stop by North Laurel, Settlers Landing, and the High Ridge area.

On Dec. 21, the Santa-bearing fire truck will stop by Whiskey Bottom Apartments, both East and West, and Canterbury Riding.

On Dec. 22, Santa stops by Stevens Road, the length of Whiskey Bottom Road, from the dead end to Route 1, and visits Country Meadows apartments.

On Dec. 23, Santa will stop by Gorman Road, visiting children in the Bowling Brook complex, Huntington West, from Murray Hill to the river, Guilford Road from Volmerhausen road to Interstate 95, and lower Mission Road.

Finally, on Christmas Eve, Santa squeezes in one more visit before his sleigh ride. He'll stop by Aspen Wood townhouses, Guilford road from Volmerhausen to Glen Court, visit Savage and Huntington East.

Santa's visits begin around 5 p.m. each evening and end around 8:30 p.m. because Santa has to get home to feed the reindeer. For more information, call the Savage Volunteer Fire Company at (410) 313-2306 or (301) 776-0024.


Bollman Bridge Elementary is sponsoring a Kid's Korner Gift Shoppe Dec. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gifts that the children can buy to give to their parents zTC and siblings range in price from 25 cents to $10.

There are such gift items as jewelry, letter openers, mugs and tool sets.

For more information, call Chris Traini at (301) 776-9924.


The ladies of South Columbia Baptist Church this weekend will play host to a guided Christmas open house. Each room in the house will be decorated with symbols of the season.

The volunteers explain the traditions and the purpose of the decorations during the 15-minute tour.

Plan to come tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. or tomorrow from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The address is 8641 Concord Drive, Jessup. Call (410) 381-1877 for more details.

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