Ferndale Day to include 2 parades, entertainment


DON'T MISS the festivities at the annual Ferndale Day from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Two parades, continuous entertainment, shopping and an auction are planned. Food will be available.

The first parade starts at North County High School on First Avenue and moves down Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard to Broadview Boulevard, then to the Ferndale-Linthicum Area Community Council field at Broadview and Third Avenue, said Michael Holy, parade chairman.

Some groups scheduled to participate include the North County High School Band, Bazemore Bandits (drum and dancers), Medieval re-enactors, Scout troops and the Chesapeake Caledonians bagpipe band. The Caledonians also will be part of the entertainment.

The second parade, at 1 p.m. at the field, will be for children and pets, said Shirley Hertz, who is in charge of the event.

Hertz said children can register just about any kind of pet they want with one exception.

"The only stipulation I have is no snakes," she said.

Entrants -- children and pets -- should come in costume, she said. Pets will be judged in two categories; the longest and shortest tail and ears, and the best dressed.

The North County High Stage Band, Arundel High School Jazz Band and karate expert A. J. Bartlinski will entertain throughout the afternoon.

Joseph Holy, who is handling the silent auction, said dinner certificates, movie passes and other items will be for sale.

Leo Harnen, president of the Ferndale-Linthicum Area Community Council, said one raffle will be held this year. First prize is a crab feast; second prize, two tickets to an Orioles game; and third prize will be dinner theater tickets.

The event also will offer games for children and shopping from several community clubs, including the Friendly Thyme Herb Club, the Ferndale Garden Club and the Ferndale Seniors.

Information: 410-761-5754.

5K race, second year

Put on your running shoes. The Ferndale-Linthicum 5K Race is set for 8: 30 a.m. May 16.

The course begins at Linthicum Elementary School on Camp Meade Road and ends at Third Avenue, just past the Ferndale firehouse.

A post-race party will be held at the finish line, with food, prizes and entertainment by The Hairy Catfish, a Baltimore rock band.

This is the second year for the race, which was organized and is directed by Ferndale resident Jim Griffith.

Griffith, who has run many marathons, including the Boston Marathon, said he thought a race would help bring the community together while raising scholarship money for North County High School.

"Last year, the race netted $5,000, and over 23 state age-group records were smashed," he said. "World-class runners are showing up. Last year's winner ranked 25th in the world. But entrants on all levels are encouraged to join in the race."

Besides cash prizes ranging from $50 to $700, runners will be eligible for drawings for a trip for two to Orlando, Fla., a charter bus trip for 46 to Atlantic City, N.J., a free weekend in Ocean City, Orioles tickets, dinners and merchandise.

Jim Straecke, another Ferndale resident, has been a big help in setting up the finish area, post-race party and recruiting volunteers, Griffith said.

North County High Principal Patricia Gronkiewicz and Del. Michael W. Burns will be among those helping at the finish line.

Entry forms are available at Christos Discount Liquors, 7173 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., and the Athlete's Foot store in Marley Station mall.

You can sign up on the Internet at www.FinishedProduct.com, or www.RunWashington.com.

The registration fee is $17 if postmarked by May 11 or $19 on race day.

Information: Griffith at 301-261-2410 or 410-761-3851.

Linthicum Elementary sign

The Linthicum Elementary School sign is standing out.

Thanks to the planning and hard work of Sean E. Jennings, Boy Scout Troop 550's newest Eagle Scout, the sign has a fresh coat of paint with tulips blooming around it to set it off. Orange, white and yellow tulips were chosen to complement colors on the sign.

Sean started in Scouting in Cub Pack 550, where he earned a Webelos badge and the Arrow of Light, the Cub Scouts' highest award.

In Troop 550, he has been a patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader and troop librarian. He was elected by the members of his troop to the Order of the Arrow, an honor group of campers, and is assistant Scoutmaster.

A senior at Old Mill High School, Sean plans to attend college in the fall and major in computer science.

Spaghetti dinner

Boy Scout Troop 447 and the Knights of Columbus of St. Philip Neri Church are having a spaghetti dinner from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Saturday at the school hall, 6401 Orchard Road.

The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 dine free. Takeout orders will be available for $7.50.

Information: 410-768-1365.

Sheriff at AARP meeting

County Sheriff George Johnson will be speak at Thursday's meeting of Chapter 2244 of the American Association of Retired Persons at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road. He will discuss law enforcement and his duties as sheriff.

A social hour begins at noon, followed by the program and speaker.

Tickets will be available at the meeting for the chapter's spring luncheon at noon May 28 at the Rose Restaurant. The cost is $13, with a choice of three entrees.

"Judging by the response so far, this may become an annual event," AARP member Mary Foster said.

Information and reservations: 410-859-3399 or 410-437-3897.

Pub Date: 5/03/98

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