Think of the junior prom as a dress rehearsal


SO HOW was the prom?" my sister asked.

Junior prom, I reminded her. More of a training prom than the real thing, for my son and his friend. After Saturday, I am convinced they need the practice.

My initial concern grew as the boys started dressing.

A tux for one, new suit for the other, and the arguments over the shower, the ironing board and the sock set the tone for the evening.

"Socks? They argued over socks?" she noted.

Not socks -- sock. Forty-five minutes before they were to pick up their dates, it was learned that there were three available black dress socks and four feet.

This discovery set off a frantic search that ended in a mad dash through the neighborhood in search of socks.

Final count -- two pairs of brown socks, a pair of argyles and one dress black sock.

Footwear problem resolved, we moved on to the next challenge -- the pocket handkerchief, which my son referred to as the "napkin."

Chagrined, the realization I had raised a child for 17 years without exposing his nose to anything other than a Puffs Plus elicited a quick lesson in nasal etiquette ending with the caveat not to use the napkin/handkerchief in any capacity, just to be on the safe side.

Then there were the frozen flowers.

"You mean silk flowers?"

No, I mean frozen. Apparently, the same week I failed to address the handkerchief issue, I also forgot to mention that you don't place fresh flowers in the freezer.

"I thought it would keep them fresh before the dance," my son retorted. "No one told me what would happen when they thawed."

"What did happen?" my sister asked.

Brown. White sweetheart roses turn brown as they thaw. By prom time, they matched the gold brocade of his date's gown.

"So it was a disaster," my sister observed.

No, it was junior prom.

And it was the time of their life, Glen Burnie.

Memorial Day parade

It was a glorious weekend for a parade as Glen Burnie celebrated Memorial Day early.

The highlight of the event was the awarding of the Richard H. Carter Memorial Award to Dr. Edwin Zimmerman in honor of his continued commitment to the community, noted parade chairman Joseph Corcoran.

"The basis of the award is to find a citizen who is involved in doing good things. It's sort of an unsung hero award for civic duty," noted Corcoran.

A retired dentist, Zimmerman is active in the Glen Burnie Salvation Army and numerous civic organizations.

"He's just one of those guys who see what needs to be done and does it. He is one terrific guy," Corcoran said.

Muriel Carter, past president of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association and community activist, announced these awards: Contemporary Fire Equipment -- Best Appearance of a Pumper and Overall Company, Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company; Best Brush Unit, Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company; Best Appearance of a Squad and Best Appearance of an Ambulance, Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company; Best Medical Supplies/Coffee Wagon, Anne Arundel Alarmers; Special Judges Award, Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Company.

Antique Fire Equipment -- Best Appearance of a Pumper, 1969 Ford Pumper, Linton Family; Judges Award for 1970 Seagrave Pumper, Linton Family; Best Appearance of Vehicle Other Than a Pumper, Griffith Family; Oldest Motorized Vehicle and Longest Distance Traveled to Attend Parade, 1950 Ford owned by the Hilliard Family.

Community Awards -- Best Fire Prevention Queen, Julie Hudgson sponsored by the AA Fireman's Association; Best Beauty Queen, Danielle White, Little Miss Fire Prevention sponsored by AA Fireman's Association; Clown Troupe, Quality Clowns; Float, Boy Scouts Troop 780 of the GBIA; Best Boy Scout Troop, Troop 127 of Glen Burnie; Best Girl Scout Troop, Troop 1193 of Glen Burnie; Best Youth Group, Baltimore Westsiders.

Threes additional Judges' Awards were presented to the Boumi Temple, Abundant Life Church and the Old Mill High School Marching band.

Veterans Groups -- Best Appearance of a Color Guard, VFW Post 434 of Marley; Most Uniform Personnel, Vietnam Veterans Unit; Best Appearance by a Ladies Auxiliary, Post 160 of Glen Burnie; Most Personnel in Ladies Auxiliary, Post 434.

A special judges award was presented for the float titled, "Women Who Serve."

The Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horses won the equestrian award.

Girls' lacrosse clinic

The Greater Glen Burnie Girls Lacrosse organization is holding its first summer clinic from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 6-10 at the Old Mill High School lacrosse fields.

Girls 9 to 14 are welcome to participate.

The $55 fee includes a T-shirt and instruction by Jennifer Tate and Cindy Beard, both 1993 graduates of Old Mill. Loaner sticks are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration deadline is Friday.

For information call 410-760-6723.

Pub Date: 5/20/98

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