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Ferndale Day: parade, clowns, cars and plenty of fun


A PARADE, clowns, children's games, good food, crafts and musical entertainment are the makings of the good time Ferndale Day is offering to the community from noon to 4 p.m. May 7 at the field on Third Avenue.

The Ferndale Linthicum Area Community Council is sponsoring the event -- which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Mike Wagner, parade chairman and a former state senator, said some 100 vintage, restored cars will take part in the procession -- along with a much newer vehicle of recent notoriety: the 37-foot Lincoln Navigator limo rented by Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis for that ill-fated Super Bowl trip to Atlanta. Most of the vehicles will evoke warm feelings of nostalgia as members of the Lost in the '50s Car Club parade a wide assortment of cars, including one from 1923.

The parade route starts at North County High School and proceeds to Baltimore & Annapolis Boulevard, Broadview Boulevard and Third Avenue, where the antique cars will be parked for display.

A beer garden in a tent, offered by Ferndale taverns, will be added this year.

Information: Leo Harnen, 410-761-5754.

Musical scholarships

The Notables, an entertainment unit of Patapsco Valley Chapter 3850 of the American Association of Retired Persons, and the Scottish Rite Singers are two musical groups under the direction of Linthicum resident Charles Haslup. Both entertain a variety of audiences and present an average of 25 performances each year.

They do not charge for shows, but accept donations -- most of which end up in their scholarship fund.

On Tuesday, the groups -- which have some common membership -- came together for their scholarship awards program at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church. Fourteen students from Anne Arundel Community College and Towson University were present to accept $200 music scholarships.

Each student performed for the large audience there. "This is some of the best talent that we have had in the many years we have given out the scholarships," Haslup said.

The scholarships were given in memory of deceased members of the groups.

Anne Arundel Community College students receiving the awards were Mary Ann Rybak, Melissa Camputo and Jennifer Croggin-Knickerbacher, in voice; Christy Ackerman, piano; and Brian Fore, guitar.

The Towson students honored were Megan Gilmore, trombone; Aneta Otreba, cello; Nichole Sunday, French horn; Jennifer Schroeder and Jennifer Bowerman, voice; Eddie Sanders III, bassoon; Keith Geiman, trumpet; and Emma Santa, piano.

A proclamation from County Executive Janet S. Owens was presented to the Notables by her representative, Sheila Raynor, in recognition of the senior citizens' voluntarism and devotion to promoting song and dance in Anne Arundel for more than 15 years. It was accepted by Haslup on behalf of the 50-member group.

Haslup is retired chairman of the music department at Towson University and was assistant to its president for 25 years.

Information about the groups: 410-859-1850.

PAAL ticket deal

The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum is offering the public a great deal: Attend the last performance of the season free if you buy a subscription for next year.

Footworks, an internationally recognized dance company, will perform in the season finale at 8 p.m. Saturday at the North County High School auditorium, 10 E. First Ave. in Ferndale.

Footworks, formerly known as the Fiddle Puppet Dancers, has a repertoire of dances ranging from step dancing in the Southern Appalachian mountains tradition to African boot dancing; English, French Canadian and Irish step dancing; and hamboning, hoofing and original choreography. The group performs to live acoustic music.

Footworks has entertained throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and drew rave reviews during a recent tour of Japan sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

The ensemble's artistic director, Eileen Carson, is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship for her original work.

A reception with refreshments will follow the performance. Also, works by students from the art class at Pascal Senior Center, taught by Marty Lenhoff, will be displayed in the cafeteria.

Tickets for PAAL concerts are sold only by subscription. The price for next year's series is $23 if the purchase is made by May 31, or $28 after that date.

The 2000-2001 season will feature Mac Frampton, pops pianist, Sept. 30; a production of the Broadway show "Nunsense" by Chesapeake Music Hall on Nov. 19; highlights of the opera "Die Fledermaus" by the Annapolis Chorale on Jan. 20; pianist Beatrice Long on Feb. 18; and harpist-singer Harvi Griffin on March 31.

An additional concert May 5, by the U.S. Navy Band of Washington, will be free and open to the public.

Concerts will be held at North County High School and the New Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts in Brooklyn Park.

Information: Eloise Vaughan, ticket campaign chairwoman, at 410-859-8047.

Flowers for the appetite

Members of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club will learn other ways to use the herbs and flowers they grow.

The club's meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center will feature a speaker, Jill Ann Williams, a floral artist who will demonstrate a method for preserving fresh edible flowers and herbs to use when decorating cakes, pastries and candies.

A social time with refreshments will begin at 9: 15 a.m.

Information: Barbara Sparks, program chairwoman, 410-761-2118.

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