I feel it is my civic duty to remind you that this is the first full day of summer -- and you thought it had arrived days ago. You'll want to postpone your solstice celebration until you order more Freon for the air conditioner and move the sprinkler to water your lawn's newest patch of dead grass.
Despite the imminent arrival of daily heat and humidity, I was reminded last Saturday why I love it here. The dispositions of my fellow errand-runners were as sunny as the weather. Yard sale signs bloomed like day lilies in a summer garden. Shoppers at Diehle's outdoor market exchanged greetings as they filled their bags with corn and tomatoes.
Meanwhile, in the athletic field at Severna Park High School, I could see a track and field meet in progress. Coaches, identified by whistles and clipboards, gave final instructions to impatient youngsters, identified by longing glances at the snack bar. Parents, too, were easily recognizable by their collection of cups of coffee, large coolers, and small brothers and sisters.
More than half the cast and crew of "Bye, Bye Birdie," currently playing at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, is from the Severna Park area.
Kevin Wheatly is the director and Kathy Gabriele, who teaches chorus at Severna Park Middle School, is the music director.
The show's choreographer, Tiffani Baldwin, graduated from Severna Park High School and is a student at West Virginia University.
The cast, made up of middle-school through college-age performers includes: Mark Baldwin, Meg Collins and Ben Jones from Arnold; Susan Hoffmann, Jill Koethke and Jason Whittle from Millersville; and Kelly Gribbin and Ken Keech from Severna Park.
Performances of "Bye, Bye Birdie" will be held at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through July 26. It's a summer tradition to enjoy entertainment under the stars in the little theater on Compromise Street.
For more information, call 268-9212.
Some of those stars in "Bye, Bye Birdie" may have gotten their starts during Fine Arts Experience. Two four-day sessions of theatrical fun will be held July 24 to Aug. 3. The programs are part of the Kids in College program at Anne Arundel Community College.
The children, ages 8 to 11, will be under the direction of Nichole Gray, Katy McAllister, Jerry Vess, Desiree Witt and will create costumes, scenery and props for their own show.
Enrollment is limited to 25. For more information, call 541-2325.
Melissa Daniels, a sophomore at Archbishop Spalding High School and the daughter of William and Joanne Daniels of Severna Park, has won first place in the Maryland Right to Life essay contest and received a $100 U.S. Savings Bond. She'll now be able to compete at the national level.
* Other students from Archbishop Spalding spent last semester as volunteers at the Ruth Parker Eason School.
In return for graduation credit, seniors Holly Bauer, Rebecca Burch, Kelly McGarvey, Mary Riordan and Dawn Springmann along with juniors Ginny Dauses, Kevin Ludlam and Joan Newcomb helped the students with mobility, grooming, eating, art projects and recreation.
Ms. Dauses, who has worked at the school for two semesters, said volunteering "was a learning experience for life. I think that I've become a more well-rounded person after working with these special children."
I say it every year, but if you enjoy the lovely landscaping in front of the Severna Park Post Office, thank the Severna Park Kiwanis Club in general and Ralph and Shirley Glasgow in particular.
July's scheduled meeting of the support group for the families of homicide victims at the Hospice of the Chesapeake has been canceled.
The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Veterans Highway office. For more information, call Betty Asplund at 987-2129.