This is the day that we reflect on all that we have and give thanks. Caring neighbors, the natural beauty of our landscape, terrific schools and a healthy local economy are a few of the things we are fortunate to enjoy in our area.
The children of Glenelg Country School Lower School got into the spirit of Thanksgiving on Tuesday and yesterday when they presented their annual Thanksgiving program. The show was directed by music teacher Eline Reis, who was assisted by Erika Cincotta.
Lynda Rotter, head of the lower school, opened the program by saying that the staff of the school is "thankful for many things, among them the support of caring parents." Each grade participated, and the lower school recorder ensemble and the chorus.
The children performed beautiful renditions of American Indian songs and an American Indian poem, traditional songs and a short play about the first Thanksgiving.
A highlight of the show was when 50 turkeys paraded on stage to perform to "Turkey in the Straw." The turkeys, first-graders in disguise, wore dark trash bags over tutus and white tights, with colorful paper feathers on their backs. Red tights worn on the head and tied under the chin simulated turkey wattles. The children managed authentic-sounding gobbles.
Parents, grandparents and younger siblings filled the audience, frequently waving to children on stage.
Messages of thanks were woven throughout the show, and at the end headmaster Ryland O. Chapman III asked everyone to "take a moment of silence to say to yourself what you're thankful for."
Read to Feed
Pupils at Manor Woods Elementary have been reaching out to help others and improving their minds at the same time. The children participated in a two-week program called Read to Feed in which they obtained sponsors who donated nonperishable food items based on the number of minutes the pupils read.
A total of 370 pupils participated, and 1,425 food items were collected. The school's efforts are part of the Howard County Food Bank's Harvest for the Hungry program. The Food Bank will distribute the food during the holidays.
Tree of Light
If you would like to learn more about the symbolism of the Christmas tree, be sure to see Tree of Light, a musical performance sponsored by Gethsemane Baptist Church. The musical, which features a 45-voice choir, will be held at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the church in Glenwood.
"Tree of Light shows the spiritual symbolism in one of the world's most recognizable symbols," said the Rev. Terry Stockman, the pastor.
A decorated tree will be the centerpiece of the performance, and the music will reveal how the tree unveils the message of the Christmas story.
Ruth Dziwulski of Woodbine will be a soloist. The church member trained at Peabody Conservatory and is often featured in the Greater Baltimore area.
Gay Mercer will direct the choir.
The performance is free.
Gethsemane Baptist Church is at 14135 Burntwoods Road. Information: 410-442-5853.
Concert for tots
River Hill High School will hold a concert called "Puttin' on the Ritz," designed for young children. The school's wind ensemble and madrigal singers will perform new tunes, old favorites and holiday music.
Performances will be held in the school auditorium at 11: 45 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday and at 2 p.m. Dec. 4.
Tickets are $2.50 and can be reserved by calling Pat Knaack at 301-596-9950 or by sending her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle school activities
Area middle school pupils are invited to two events next week.
On Wednesday, a monthly book club meeting will be held at Barnes & Noble in Long Gate Shopping Center from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pupils from Mount View Middle will lead a discussion of "The Subtle Knife" by Philip Pullman.
No fee is charged for the book club meeting, which is open to any middle-schooler.
A dance for middle school pupils will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Circle D Club Building in Glenwood.
The dance is sponsored by Triumph Health and Fitness Center. Tickets are $5.
Several western Howard County residents will sing in the Columbia Pro Cantare performance of selections from Handel's "Messiah."
Barbara Cornell, Julie Hudson, Dianne Kvech, Larry LaGuardia and Bunny Ryjkoff will perform in the concert at 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake.
Advance tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. Tickets will be $20 and $18 at the door.
Information: Kathleen Bowen, 410-465-5744.
Lisbon Community Library will hold Open Wide -- Peek Inside, a story and activity time for children ages 2 to 5, at 10: 30 a.m. Dec. 13.
Registration is required and begins Monday.Information: 410-489-4290.
The library is in Lisbon Center off Route 94.
Pub Date: 11/25/99