It's not yet August, but it's time to think about back-to-school. Having now declared myself squarely in the parental camp (I never wanted summer to end when I was a kid), I'll point out that Hammond High School wishes to encourage all budding athletes, with tryouts, the official start for fall sports, beginning in mid-August.
The 1994 tryouts for cross country and field hockey is Aug. 15 at 8:30 a.m.
Varsity football starts the same day at 8 a.m.
Junior varsity football begins Aug. 17 at 9 a.m.
Boys soccer, girls soccer and volleyball all begin Aug. 22 at 3 p.m.
For more information about the start times and tryouts, call Bob Maxey, Hammond High's athletic director at (410) 313-7125.
Hammond High also holds a new-student orientation Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for freshmen and for transferees into the upper grades.
New students will get to meet their teachers, the guidance counselors and the administrators during this morning-long session.
They'll also have an opportunity to go through their schedules, see the school and orient themselves through the halls.
That way no one will suspect that the freshmen are new to the school: they'll look like pros. Parents will get to meet teachers and administrators on Back to School Night, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
There are some changes coming to Hammond High this year.
Last year's telephone number change wasn't confusing enough, back by unpopular demand, the school's phone number will change again sometime this August, to (410) 313-7615.
The guidance office also gets a new number, (410) 313-7620.
Do mark these numbers down for future use, and save yourself an earache listening to the recorded announcement from the telephone company.
There are other changes, too: Dr. David Scuccimarra and Roger Plunkett, formerly the vice principals at Hammond, have been rotated to other schools.
Susan Mascaro, the gifted-and-talented independent study resource teacher, has been promoted to vice principal.
Charles Bragg, last year the vice principal at Ellicott Mills Middle School, comes to serve as the other vice principal at Hammond High.
Surprisingly, his replacement at EMMS is none other than Dr. Scuccimarra. (It's the administrators' square dance).
Mr. Plunkett, meanwhile, takes over as principal of Atholton High School.
This Sunday, the U.S Navy Academy Band Electric Brigade will perform at Fort Meade on the lawn of Devers Hall. That's on Mapes Road, near the old Officers Club.
It's a lovely way to end the weekend, sitting on the lawn listening to good music. The concerts are free, begin promptly at 7 p.m. and last about an hour.
While on the fort, check out the playground near Burba Lake. It's got to be the only playground with a wooden tank in it.
There's also a great jungle-gym that bears a striking resemblance to an obstacle course. And there's usually a large flock of geese to feed near the lake -- but don't get too close. Ganders are territorial, have no sense of humor and bite hard.
Shakespeare on Wheels is coming to Montpelier Mansion in three weeks.
As usual, this University of Maryland Baltimore County production is free! This is the show's 10th anniversary, and to celebrate, they are putting on "Hamlet."
The traveling players perform on a fantastically decorated flatbed truck. The audience sits on the ground.
It's a wonderful summertime event: Montpelier's grounds are spectacular, the fireflies dance in the air and it's impossible to believe that urbanized Laurel is just behind the tree-line.
L The performances are scheduled for Aug. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Call the mansion at (301) 953-1993 for more information about this performance of "Hamlet."