Youngsters in the music program at Severn River Junior High should be standing in the middle of College Parkway tooting their own horns, but they're a modest bunch.
So, we'll do it for them.
Almost 200 eighth- and ninth-graders just returned from Music Fest Orlando in Florida, where the school's 104-member orchestra won the festival's top prize.
Our orchestra beat middle and senior high school ensembles from across the country to take the coveted Overall Grand Championship.
"The ninth-graders miss out by not being in high school," says orchestra director Diane Gerrior. "We try to do something special for them.
"One reason the orchestra is so outstanding is the strong strings program in Anne Arundel County," says Gerrior, who has been at the school for six year. Her musicians also took the top prize at last year's competition in Boston.
Severn River's concert choir, which won a first place in Florida, is directed by Valerie Bennett. Chris Perry-Jacobs directs the jazz ensemble, which took a first place, and the concert band, which came home with a second-place finish.
Besides winning the top prize, says Gerrior, the biggest treat for orchestra members was to witness their teacher hurling down Splash Mountain in Disney World.
Just in time for Mother's Day, a spring fair is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Severna Park Elementary School.
In addition to games, prizes, food and used books, the PTA will sell gifts for mom: flats of plants, hanging baskets and corsages.
The school is at 6 Riggs Ave. Information: 544-8751.
The Ann Arrundell Historical Society's Browse and Buy Shoppe, at B & A Boulevard and Jones Station Road, is featuring gifts for mother: music boxes, jewelry boxes, antiques and collectibles.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 544-3370.
This would make a nice gift: a private dinner cruise on the Severn River aboard a 42-foot yacht for someone you love and 11 of her closest friends.
Hospice of the Chesapeake is having its third annual dinner cruise raffle. Tickets are $5, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit hospice.
The winning ticket will be chosen on June 13. To purchase yours, call Tink Hill at 410-255-9529.
The Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce is planning the 21st annual Independence Day parade. As usual, the parade will travel down Benfield, Evergreen and McKinsey roads to B & A Boulevard in "downtown" Severna Park.
County Councilwoman Diane Evans will be grand marshal, and the theme is "Visions of Severna Park -- the Year 2020."
To sign up, call Nicki Kaukonen, parade chairman, at 647-5800.
A festival of food and games in Park Plaza follows the parade. For more details, call Nancy Baudean, 544-8398.
* The chamber would like to thank several restaurants for providing food for its recent Casino Night: Adam's Rib North; Benfield Subway; Clark's Bayside Inn; Donut Shack; Garry's Grill; Magic Dish; O'Shea's Pub; Oxbow Inn; Papa John's Pizza; Romilio's; and Vera's Bakery & Cafe. Goska's provided a wine tasting.