Like many members of my generation, my first exposure to folk music came during the "Hootenanny" era.
The freedom and camaraderie of singing familiar songs to the acoustic accompaniment of guitars and banjos was an exhilarating experience. My folk music tastes expanded during my Bob Dylan/Joan Baez phase, ultimately leading to the purchase of a guitar. After a few lessons, my interest in actually playing the instrument faded, but not my enjoyment of the music.
During my Dylan phase, I became aware of Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, better known as Woody, one of the most famous of American folk singers. His name might not have been familiar to all, but his classic composition, "This Land is Your Land," certainly was.
To celebrate the anniversary of Woody's 82nd birthday, the World Folk Music Association will present a Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert at 5 p.m. July 16 at the Downs Park bayside amphitheater.
Featured performers will include the Hard Travelers, the Mack Bailey Band, Rebecca Becraft, Diamond Rose, Kevin James, Doris Justis, Steve Key, Tony McGuffin, the Mollies and Reuben Musgrave.
Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, and $5 for children 6-12. Those under 6 or over 60 will be admitted free. Regular park entry fees of $4 per car will be in effect.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating.
Tickets can be ordered by calling (800) 779-2226. Checks, VISA and MasterCard will be accepted.
Proceeds will benefit the World Folk Music Association's Elderfolk program bringing folk music to seniors.
Faith United Methodist Church, 905 Duvall Highway, is sponsoring a flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, on the church grounds.
Tables are available for $10; spaces are $8. Refreshments will also be on sale. Proceeds will benefit the roof fund.
Registration for vacation Bible school, scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15-19, is being accepted.
The program is open to children age 2 through high school.
Greagon Seller, the church's organist for the past two years, will be leaving next month to attend college. The church is looking for a replacement organist.
OC Information: Phyllis Snyder, 437-7538, or the church, 437-8515.
The Stoney Creek Democratic Club, 8123 Fort Smallwood Road, will have its next Sunday party from 2 to 6 p.m. July 10.
Evelyn Sommer, club spokeswoman, explained that this month's party will be a little different.
"We're still serving delicious food, and an afternoon of fun, but the music will feature the county sounds of Kustom Country," she said.
Admission is $7 per person and includes a platter, munchies, beer, setups and dancing.
The club's next open house is scheduled for 8 p.m. July 13.
Special guest for the evening will be Ellie Carey, assistant attorney general and a candidate for attorney general.
Fort Smallwood Elementary School principal Louis Kamm presented the Presidential Academic Fitness Award to 16 students during fifth grade promotional exercises at the school two weeks ago.
To receive the award, students must have attained a B+ average or equivalent, in grades 3 through 5, and scores at or above the 85th percentile on standardized reading and math tests.
"The award recognizes outstanding students with exemplary achievement and effort," Kamm explained.
Awards were given to: Michael Adams, Stephanie Adams, Katrina Buckley, Clifford Cieslak, Craig Dremming, John-Matthew Hackmann, Heather Kilbourne, David Ruskey, Erin Ruskey, Rachel Lightfoot, Thomas Ruszin, David Strevig, Erin Sylvester, Brian Taft, Candice Tilghman and Stacey Watts.
Congratulations to Crystal Ray, a sophomore at Archbishop Spalding High School, on capturing the title of "Ms. Junior Teen Baltimore" at a pageant in May.
More than 150 girls competed in categories such as poise, beauty and personality.
Her prizes include an all-expense paid trip to Orlando, Fla., in January to compete in the "Cities of America" pageant, a 3-foot-tall trophy, a modeling scholarship, photographic portfolio and a video of the competition.
Good Luck, Crystal. Remember the rest of us freezing in Pasadena while you're enjoying Disney World in January.