Winfield schoolchildren receive a taste of opera


FOR STUDENTS AT Winfield Elementary School, the familiar story was performed in an unfamiliar way.

The wolf and the woodsman came alive on stage but instead of spoken lines, powerful opera singing filled the auditorium and mesmerized the audience.

For many students, Wednesday's presentation was their first exposure to opera.

This introduction to opera basics -- through a soprano, mezzo soprano and baritone music -- came during Kinder Opera Theatre's performance of "Little Red Riding Hood."

The one-act opera was composed by Seymore Barab in 1965 for children. Kinder Opera Theatre was developed from the Opera Parade, and consists of 12 singers/actors and three accompanists.

The group has received statewide recognition for its work introducing opera to children of all ages.

The event was part of the Cultural Arts Program sponsored by the Winfield PTA.

Grocery receipts needed

Debbie Gartrell, fire prevention committee chairwoman at Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department, is asking the community for its help.

A campaign to collect Super Fresh grocery receipts is entering its final weeks.

The department is raising money to purchase Patches and Pumper, a miniature, remote-controlled firetruck, which will be used for fire prevention programs.

Patches and Pumper is equipped with working sirens and lights, a toy Dalmatian that speaks through a hidden phone set and a hose that squirts water. The cost is about $8,800.

The deadline to turn in grocery receipts is March 5.

The Fire Department will receive 1 percent of the dollar value of all receipts collected.

Receipts may be dropped off or mailed to the station, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road, Sykesville 21784.

Information: 875-9587

Jumping for heart

If you felt the ground shaking Wednesday afternoon, it wasn't an earthquake but the pounding of hundreds of feet jumping rope.

Students at Mount Airy Elementary School were jumping for Jump for Heart, the popular annual fund-raiser of the American Heart Association.

With rock 'n' roll and country music blaring, 250 students in third through fifth grades skipped, double-dutched, one-foot and two-foot jumped rope in teams of six students for about 90 minutes. Two students from each team had to be jumping rope at all times.

Jump for Heart promotes good health, physical fitness, teamwork and the spirit of voluntarism.

Last year, Mount Airy Elementary School raised $14,700.

Another fund-raiser

Bricks are for sale at the Mount Airy firehouse.

Anyone who wants to support the volunteer Fire Department's building fund may purchase a $250 or $500 brick in memory of, or as a tribute to, a loved one.

C. Oscar Baker, building fund chairman, hopes to renew interest in the fund-raising campaign. Contributions have been slow, and the department has a sizable debt.

The bricks are permanently displayed in the lobby of the firehouse.

Information: call Baker at (301) 829-0383 or the firehouse at (301) 829-0100.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears each Friday on the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 2/14/97

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