Park concerts series to feature Symphonic Band


THE BALTIMORE Symphonic Band will be featured June 25 in the opening performance of the Concerts in the Park series at Linthicum Park.

The group, which also appeared in last year's series, was formed as a community band in 1983 by Peabody Conservatory graduate Christopher Wolfe, associate professor of music at Essex Community College and member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's clarinet section.

The band numbers 50 to 60 musicians recruited in the metropolitan area, ranging in age from 16 to 80 - but with most in their 40s and 50s. Its play list includes show tunes and big band and patriotic music.

Last year, it was invited to participate in a showcase of community bands in Switzerland.

This is the 20th season of Concerts in the Park, sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights. The club budgets $500 a year for funding of the free concerts which also are supported by donations from other community groups and a grant from the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County.

Organizations supporting the series include Anne Arundel County Optimists; the Linthicum Rotary and Lions clubs; the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum; and the Crestwood, Linthicum-Shipley and North Linthicum improvement associations.

Scheduled in coming weeks are country music by Long Lonesome Highway on July 2; Hawaiian with Mahina and the Polynesians on July 9; the Crabtowne Big Band on July 16, barbershop with the Heart of Maryland Chorus, Patapsco Valley Chapter on July 23; the Continentals polka band July 30; Sounds Good Combo, a jazz and swing quartet, Aug. 6; and the U.S. Naval Academy Band on Aug. 13.

Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association caters and plays host to a community picnic preceding the final concert.

All shows begin at 6 p.m., and are subject to cancellation in the event of rain. The park is on Benton Avenue off Route 170 in Linthicum.

Chairs or blankets are suggested for seating, and picnics and coolers are welcome - but no alcoholic beverages. While the concerts are free, donations are accepted.

Planning for the programs and signing up performers is under the auspices of the club's music committee, with Jo Barker and Charlotte Wheeler as co-chairwomen. Information: Jo Barker, 410- 859-3308.

Herb symposium

Friendly Thyme Herb Club is accepting reservations for a symposium, "Old Fashioned Herbs in the New Millennium," planned from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road in Linthicum.

The program will include talks by experienced herbalists covering the history and use of herbs, and participants will have the opportunity to participate in two of three herbal activities.

Refreshments will be served at breaks during the day, and lunch is included in the $35 cost of the symposium.

The occasion will offer the opportunity for conversation and exchange of ideas on growing and using herbs. Information: Sue Latini, 410-766-1463.

Airborne future

Congratulations to Aaron David Walenga on his graduation May 31 from the Air Force Academy and commissioning as a second lieutenant in the service. He has been accepted for pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas, beginning in April. In the meantime, he is assigned to a base in Charleston, S.C.

Walenga, 22, is a 1996 graduate of North County High School, where he was class president, National Honor Society chapter vice president, and captain of the lacrosse and golf teams.

It was not until February of his senior year in high school that Walenga decided to attend the academy. "I wanted to try something different; no one I knew had done it and it was a great opportunity," he said.

Although the curriculum was difficult and he had to leave a lot of good friends in Linthicum, Walenga said he is glad he made the decision to attend the Air Force Academy, where he also played varsity lacrosse.

Walenga is the son of David and Beverly Walenga and the brother of Andrew Walenga of Linthicum.

New museum exhibit

The Historical Electronic Museum, at West Nursery and Elkridge Landing roads in Linthicum, has installed a new exhibit, "The Start of Airborne ELINT" (Electronic Intelligence).

The exhibit is in the Countermeasures Gallery of the free museum, which is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Information on the museum or to arrange for a guided tour: Kate Marks, 410-765-0230.


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