If you're looking for an enjoyable activity this weekend, head for the Francis Scott Key High School auditorium Friday or Saturday night.
The curtain rises at 8 p.m. both nights on "Strange Bedfellows," a comedy that shows the talent and sophistication of the drama students at Key.
Directed by faculty members Suzanne Summit and Faison Drury, the play is an ensemble effort that combines a witty script, fun sound effects, live music by the Key Brass Sextet, and authentic period sets and clothing for a lively spring production. More than 30 students are participating in the play.
"Strange Bedfellows," a comedy written by Florence Ryerson and Colin Clements, explores the conflict between men and women in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, a time when Suffragettes were waging war to win the vote for women. These women went to almost any lengths to win support for their cause, including some wily methods they used to convince their reluctant husbands that women deserved voting rights.
The stage is set in the Nob Hill mansion of a retired senator, whose son brings home a new wife, Clarissa, a feisty Suffragette. She stirs long-buried emotions in the senator's wife and daughters, and before long a classic battle of the sexes is raging.
Ms. Summit chose the script for its wit and intricacies. The strong group of veteran student actors has memorized lines and lines of dialogue.
With antiques borrowed from the Come Saturday Morning shop in Taneytown and from private homes, Victorian-style wallpaper lining the walls of the set, period clothing rented from Avenue Tailors and the Costume Shop, the play's setting alone is worth the price of admission.
As Ms. Summit and her drama students discovered, the play is a painless way to learn some American history.
Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students and senior adults. Information: 775-7888.
If watching the Key students reveal their talents and hard work in the play this weekend heartens you, give yourself an additional boost by driving to the Taneytown Library and admiring the artworks that line the walls in the children's section.
The work was done by art students at Elmer Wolfe Elementary school. Most of them are students
of Ruth Aukerman, the art teacher who is herself an artist and author.
Mrs. Aukerman and the Elmer Wolfe PTO held an artists' reception for the students Tuesday evening at the library, a time set aside for the students to view the show and meet other artists and their parents.
The artwork is as varied as the students who produced it. You'll enjoy self-portraits, etchings, tempera paintings and oil pastels, cityscapes in black and white, water colors and more.
What would you do if you won a shopping spree at the local supermarket? Would you head for the meat section? Or the bakery? Or the ice cream cases? I've been pondering the possibilities since I learned that the New Windsor Lions Club is raffling a three-minute shopping spree at the Myers' Jubilee Food Store in Union Bridge.
Tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. Buy your chances from any Lions Club member, or at the store at 4790 Green Valley Road. The winner's name will be drawn April 26. Information: 635-2857 or 775-2700.
Our neighbors across the Frederick County line in Johnsville are sponsoring a yard sale Saturday at Johnsville United Methodist
Church, 11106 Green Valley Road. The sale will start at 9 a.m. Space is available to sellers for a $10 donation.
Don't forget the community breakfast Sunday at the community center on Ladiesburg Road in Union Bridge. Freshly cooked food will be served from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children 6-12. Proceeds will help pay the mortgage on the new Town Hall.
Taneytown Republican Women's Club will sponsor a public card party Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Broad Street in Taneytown. The party includes prizes and refreshments. Admission is $2.50.
On a cool, overcast Tuesday evening this week, behind New Windsor Middle School, groups of boys and girls and their coaches from New Windsor Recreation Council were practicing the art of baseball.
Balls sailed into the air and landed softly in leather gloves. Some tTC were fumbled to the ground. Balls flew off bats and into the outfield, or popped up over the batting cage, or didn't connect at all. Coaches taught strategies of how to run the bases, how to catch a fly ball with both hands, how to watch the third base coach's signals to stay on second -- or make a -- for third base.
Even at the Little League level, baseball is a graceful game.
For those 10-year-olds, with the freight train chugging its way from Union Bridge into New Windsor in the background, the sun setting behind the practice fields and no homework needing attention after practice, concentrating on the game seemed to be the most pleasant thing to do in the universe.