Severna Park is returning to normal after the excitement of the holiday weekend.
Bands and floats, veterans and kids, food and games: The 20th annual Independence Day celebration was the biggest ever.
This year the parade featured grand marshals, past and present. The 1994 grand marshal was Mattie Harris.
The organizer of the 1974 parade, Peg Nelson, participated in the parade with her husband, Dick.
They served as grand marshals that first year.
Also among the dignitaries were Sue and John Norris.
More than 110 units formed the march. Awards were presented in many categories:
* Community floats: Severna Chase, first; and Linstead and Old Severna Park Improvement Association, second place (tie).
* Mobile units: Severn/Magothy River Ski Club, first; American Association of University Women, second.
* Nonprofit units: Severna Park Jaycees, first.
* Automobiles: Greater Severna Park Classic Car Club, first; Al Abraham and his 1948 Woodie, second.
* Commercial units: Severna Flowers and Gifts, first; O'Conor Piper and Flynn, second; Benfield Florist, honorable mention.
* Walking units: SERVPRO of Severna Park, first; Multisport Gymnastics and Kelly's School of Irish Dance, second (tie); and Crabtowne Clowns, honorable mention.
The Severna Park High School Band took top band honors.
After the festivities, the Guhne family christened the holiday with its first crab feast of the season. Stretching from afternoon into evening, our summer get-togethers are filled with conversation, laughter and spicy hot crabs.
The American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop will feature a large selection of costume jewelry through Saturday.
The shop, in the DiDonato Plaza on Ritchie Highway, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Women undergoing cancer treatment can get professional help in dealing with physical changes at the American Cancer Society's "Look Good . . . Feel Better" program scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday at the CaRES Center in Pasadena.
Do you have a green thumb?
The B & A Trail "Adopt-a-Flower-Bed" program is looking for a few good gardeners.
A limited number of beds are available in Glen Burnie, Pasadena and at the Earleigh Heights Ranger Station.
Volunteers supply the plants and the tender loving care.
For more information, contact park Ranger David DeVault at 222-6244.
For a cool summer interlude, visit the "Summer Salon" exhibit in the art gallery of the Pascal Center for Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College.
The display of paintings of summer fun continues from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Aug. 22.
Stay cool and learn a valuable skill.
The YWCA offers all kinds of swim classes in Severna Park at 100 Tarks Lane and in Odenton at the Piney Orchard Visitors Center.
For details, call 647-1500.
Hospice of the Chesapeake helps volunteers learn to assist individuals and families caring for a sick or terminally ill loved one.
The Primary Care Giver Support Group meets from 11 a.m. to noon on the first and third Fridays of each month.
Youngsters in Broadneck and Severna Park can attend a free workshop by professional cartoonist Jim Sizemore.
The county library is offering the one-hour sessions for kids going into grades 1 through 6.
The program is at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on July 27 at the Severna Park branch library, and 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on July 28 at the Broadneck branch.
A cartoonist for 30 years, Sizemore's work has been published in The Sun, Maryland Family magazine, the Saturday Evening Post and Reader's Digest.
Ooops. Last week, when we talked about ASPIRE Inc. (Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement) we failed to mention that the new organization's secretary/treasurer is Linda Zahn, executive director of the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce.