It was when I fell hard on the ice for the second time last Thursday that I screamed, "I'm so sick of winter!"
In my mind I heard the response, a collective sigh and scream from everyone in our area who has had it with this weather, too. I told my sister, Connie, who skis with her family near their home in Pennsylvania each weekend, that at least it was good weather for the skiers. That is when she told me her husband had broken his thumb skiing last Sunday. I guess his fall was worse than mine.
Rescheduling is now part of our way of life, so here are some events too good to cancel: Save your tickets for the Maynard Ferguson concert and clinic that had been set for last Saturday at Glenelg High School.
The concert and clinic will be held May 3, and your tickets will be honored that day. The clinic will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. concert.
If you are unable to attend the concert and want a refund, send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your tickets to Glenelg High School Band refunds.
Please send your refund request within the next 10 days. There XTC is a waiting list for tickets to the sold-out concert and the band will sell returned tickets to people on the waiting list.
The Glenwood Middle School Drama Learning Center production of "Carousel" is slated for 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday in the Glenwood Auditorium/Cafeteria.
Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for students through grade 12 and $3 for senior citizens. Phone 313-5520.
Renewal of marriage vows at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lisbon will take place at the 10:15 a.m. service Sunday. Married couples will repeat their vows in the presence of their children and friends.
The church number is 489-4411 or call Lee Hajek at 442-1641.
St. Louis Church's Catholic Youth Ministry will hold its third annual coffee house tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the parish hall in Clarksville.
The coffee hour showcases talented young people from the parish and features a one-act play by the youngsters. They will present the play again at the archdiocesan one-act play competition on Saturday.
Call Chuck Wible at 531-6668 for more information.
Everyone in the Fine Arts Department at Glenelg High School has been working to polish its production of the winter musical, "Once Upon a Mattress," a hilarious retelling of the Princess and the Pea. You can see it with your family and friends 8 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26 or at 3 p.m. Feb. 27.
All seats are $6. Buy your tickets in advance from cast members or at the door before the performance.
Cast members include Jil Weinknecht as Winifred, Chris Connolly as Dauntless; Mary Marland as the Queen; Dave Willis as the King; Tom Kouyas as the Minstrel; Tim Wellington as the Jester; Jamie Hill as the Wizard; Kara Laws as Lady Larken; and Jeb Johnston as Sir Harry.
Ron Oaks directs this extremely funny play. Linda Simms is the costume director. Vocal music teacher Nancy Buckle has worked with the cast on the music, and the art department has constructed the castle motif set, which Ron Oaks designed. Jen Blizzard is the choreographer and Barry Enzman directs the pit band. Kim Buckle accompanies the cast in rehearsals.
Next Wednesday is Unity Day at Pointers Run Elementary School. All the students will participate in activities to develop friendships and a sense of pride in themselves and their school. Concentrating on respecting selves, others and the environment, and on "learning to work and play together" will be the focal points of the day, according to guidance counselor Helen Mercer.
The Parent Teachers Association Cultural Arts Committee invited Alice McGill to perform her "Songs and Tales of African-American Folklore."
Howard County Public Schools Human Relations Coordinator Jackie Brown and her assistant, Jennifer West, will meet with teams of students in grades two through five in the afternoon to discuss diversity and human relations.
Throughout the day, students in different grades will be paired to get to know one another through shared activities and listening to guest speakers. At dismissal, everyone at the school will join hands to symbolize their togetherness and students will return home with assignments to complete with their parents.
The faculty human relations and health and wellness committees jointly planned this all day event, and they welcome parents to come to school Wednesday to participate.
Call Pointers Run Elementary School for more details at 313-7142.
Clarksville Elementary School students had Breakfast Buddies for Dads earlier this month, and now it's Mom's turn to join the kids for breakfast. Moms can mark their calendars for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 25. Please register at the school, so planners will have enough food and beverages for all.
Glenelg High School's Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Enzman, received the highest score in the state at the Maryland Jazz Festival Feb. 3.
That's right, the highest score of all the jazz bands in the state. Fifteen bands participated in the festival, sponsored by the International Association of Jazz Educators. Local professionals judged performances at Montgomery College in Rockville.
If you drop into Bushy Park Elementary School tomorrow, you'll see lots of blue and white. It's School Color Day, sponsored by the Student Government Association. The student government encourages all Bushy Park Students to show their school spirit by wearing blue and white.
Congratulations to Citizens of the Month for January at Bushy Park Lisa Cochran and Stephanie Simpson.
Local craftsman Bernie Huddlestun had his second stem cell transplant last month. He reports that his doctors gave him great hopes for a complete cure of the cancer he has been fighting for the last few years. Though tired, he is recovering quickly.
Mr. Huddlestun, who holds a doctorate in philosophy and is an active local volunteer, continues his unique custom woodworking business. He does elegant things with wood, and a friend of mine talks about his Huddlestun coffee table as a work of art. Mr. Huddlestun has built cabinets, tables and custom chairs that are treasures his clients love.
He has a Chippendale dining table with French polished finish and a Chinese style dining table in his showroom now. If you'd like to see his work or arrange to have him make a custom piece for you, call him at home at 489-5289.
Students in grades four through 12 throughout the county have prepared music to perform at the annual Howard County Solo and Ensemble Festival, which will be held Saturday at Mount Hebron High School.
Individuals and groups will play for judges who will evaluate their work and make detailed comments about their performances.
It's a busy day for local musicians, such as the trombone player in our family, who has been practicing furiously. It's a wonderful opportunity for the young musicians to perform, learn and grow. We wish them all well.