Women of Christ Episcopal Church to hold traditional English tea


TEA, HISTORY, music and art will be served at a Historical Tea sponsored by Women of Christ Episcopal Church on Saturday.

Scones, tea sandwiches and desserts will be offered at the traditional English tea.

Members of Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra will provide music.

After each of three tea seatings -- 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. -- art historian Viviana Holmes will guide visitors and relate the history of the church, known as "Old Brick."

The church and its parishioners played an important role in the development of what was then Anne Arundel County.

The names of the men who founded and constructed Old Brick are engraved above the church entrance.

Ten generations have worshiped at the church since its founding in 1711.

Built on 2 acres deeded to the church by Caleb Dorsey and his son, John, the church was originally constructed of logs. It was known then as Elk Ridge.

Maryland's General Assembly established it as Queen Caroline Parish 17 years later.

After the Revolutionary War, the church stood empty. Its pews and floor were stolen.

Old Brick was laid out on the site of the original log chapel in 1809, and was consecrated two years later by the Right Rev. Thomas Claggett, the first bishop of the Diocese of Maryland. It was the first Episcopal church consecrated on American soil.

"New Brick," the current house of worship built next to the older church, was completed and dedicated in 1993.

The women of Christ Church spend months planning and coordinating their annual tea.

The position of "chair" is shared by Sherry Beaty, Leslie Isaki and Harriet Smith.

Among many contributing to the event are Margo Harris, Margie Kyle, Priscilla Pitts, Barbara Hamilton, Mary Keath, Suzanne Ziobro, Seiko Shields, Pam Pruit, Jane Brown, Judith Kehe, Roni Ivey, Liz Pinkham, Carolann Sawyer and Mary Vail.

Guests can enjoy an exhibit of oils and pastels by Columbia artist Kelmie Snider, which includes her recent depiction of "Old Brick" and "New Brick."

Snider's original trompe l'oeil furniture also will be exhibited.

Tennessee artist Stephanie "Sam" Reilly's watercolor note cards and greeting cards will be for sale.

Tickets are $10. They can be reserved by phone, and picked up at the church door.

The church is at 6800 Oakland Mills Road.

Information: 410-799-0798 or 301-490-6250.

Election day

Ruth Bohse, Owen Brown village manager, reported that 457 votes were counted on election day -- 12.2 percent of village residents qualified to vote.

Pearl Atkinson-Stewart won as Columbia Council representative. Former council representative Wanda Hurt, who also served on the village board, is campaigning for state delegate.

Andrew Stack and Ed LeBlanc were elected to the village's board of directors.

Receiving praise from the board and from Owen Brown residents for their work in coordinating the event were election chairwoman Gloria Cohen and her committee: Ron Bartyczak, Elliott Cohen, Dawn Cherry, Ronald Grim, Lee Hanna, Sue Neri and Jay Stearman.

Time for those sales

Yard sales are a spring tradition in Columbia villages.

Ribbons mark the neighborhoods and streets participating in the sales. Each village is identified by its ribbon color.

The Dickinson neighborhood in Kings Contrivance village is sponsoring a sale May 30.

Huntington's will be June 6, and Macgill's Common will be June 13.

The rain date in each case is the next day.

Neighborhood representatives may pick up their purple ribbons May 20 at Amherst House.

Owen Brown's red ribbons will be fluttering on registered streets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6.

A representative from each street is asked to register with the community center and pick up a street ribbon.

Elkhorn festival

Bohse reminds vendors that applications are being accepted for the Lake Elkhorn Festival, scheduled Sept. 19.

Space is available for art, crafts, foods, businesses, churches and nonprofit organizations.

Vendors can save $10 if they register before Aug. 1.

Information: 410-381-0202.

Long Reach dances

The Dance Company of Long Reach High School will perform at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the school auditorium, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia.

Dance instructor Robin Flood invites students, families and friends to attend the group's first performance.

A donation of $4 is requested for tickets; $3 for students.

Information: 410-313-7117.

Ceramic sale

The Columbia Art Center's spring ceramic sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Director Becky Bafford invites shoppers and visitors to see one-of-a-kind functional pottery and decorative pieces that will be on display in front of the art center in the Long Reach Shopping Center.

Information: 410-730-0075.

Scholars honored

The Owen Brown Middle School chorus entertained during an awards ceremony honoring students for their school attendance and scholastic achievements during the school's third quarter.

A gold award was given to those with straight-A report cards.

The seventh grade was tops with 18 gold awards. The eighth grade had 13, and sixth-graders earned seven golds.

Students with all A's and B's qualified for a silver award.

All the grades were close. Sixth grade had 48 silver winners. Seventh grade had 44, and eighth grade 43.

C report cards -- balanced by at least one A -- rated 77 bronze certificates.

SPOT awards -- Students Present On Time -- were presented to 95 students.

Teacher Annette Cometa said she was pleased with the increase in the number of awards earned by seventh- and eighth-graders.

Yard sale

Girl Scout Troop 464 is holding a yard sale fund-raiser Sunday.

Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for the troop.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at Shaker Drive and Flapjack Lane in Kings Contrivance, near the Atholton Post Office.

Information: 410-730-5217.

Homework club

FIRN -- the Foreign-born Information & Referral Network -- an educational partner of Talbott Springs Elementary School in Oakland Mills, has organized and sponsors the Homework Club.

At 3: 15 p.m. Wednesdays, Oakland Mills High School "Learn & Serve Volunteers" arrive to help bilingual children at Talbott Springs with their studies.

The teens, Spanish students of Oakland Mills High School teacher Marilyn Holland, work through a program of the Corporation for National Service, which is administered by Immigration and Refugee Services of America.

Their volunteer work is counted toward the community service hours required for high school graduation.

"The children enjoy working with the big kids, and the teens are exceptional volunteer role models," volunteer coordinator Gina Giacomantonio said.

The ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) children in prekindergarten to fifth grade are tutored by ESOL assistant Rose Pope during the school day. However, because she divides her time among four schools, the teen-agers step in after school and help translate homework. Parents are welcome to attend the sessions.

The Oakland Mills volunteers have described their time with the Homework Club as the fastest 45 minutes of the week.

Pub Date: 5/12/98

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