Music in the Park to offer local choirs, musicians in daylong Christian event


JOYOUS MUSIC will be heard all day tomorrow at the Riviera Beach Community Improvement Association's park, thanks to the combined efforts of local churches, the community and the continuing vision of Bill Williamson to provide family entertainment.

Williamson, a Linthicum resident who is a longtime member of Jenkins Memorial Church in Riviera Beach, came up with the idea for a program of music in the park last year. After much hard work and planning, the first event, featuring choirs and musical groups from 18 churches, was staged in the cozy community park on Dale Road in August.

Although the community was at first a little skeptical of Williamson's plans, the daylong event went off without a hitch.

"It was a beautiful day, and everybody had a great time," said Lee Archibald, association president. "We couldn't wait for Bill to get another concert together for the community to enjoy."

Tomorrow's Music in the Park will begin at 9 a.m. with a formal opening ceremony that includes a color guard. The music will start at 9:30 a.m. and run until 5 p.m.

Williamson said the list of musicians and singers scheduled to perform covers a spectrum of Christian music, from traditional to gospel and contemporary compositions. "We will have a few performing original pieces at the concert," he said.

Performers include Lou Redd from Columbia Baptist Church, the Praise Band from Church of the Rock in Brooklyn, Colleen Evans of Grace Baptist Church, Jacob's Ladder from Jenkins Memorial Church, Chris Douglas from Faith United Methodist Church, Gospel II from Glen Baptist Church, Manna from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Chris Cheryl from Galilee Lutheran Church and Bryan Pallett from Peace Lutheran Church.

Others are Son Rise from Community United Methodist Church, Glory Bound from Bible View Church, Al & Nelson and Trudy Marie from St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church, the ELC Singers from Emmanuel Lutheran Church, the Singing Shepherds of Mount Zion and Hall United Methodist churches, Raymond & Sparks from Arnold United Methodist Church's Red Door coffeehouse, the Glen Burnie High School gospel choir and the New Spirit Singers.

In addition to setting up the music stage, churches and community organizations have been invited to set up tables selling food, beverages, crafts, tapes and cookbooks.

Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, umbrella and sun block.

Reservations for organization or church tables: Williamson, 410-636-0334.

Appraisal fair

An appraisal fair being sponsored by the Mountain Road Kiwanis Club from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road, may be able to help you find out whether some of your possessions are trash or treasure.

"Given the popularity of 'Antiques Road Show' and those types of shows, it should be a good event," said Robert Baxter, club spokesman.

Visitors may have two items appraised. The fee is $5 per item, and proceeds will benefit the club's community projects.

Baxter advised that items brought to the appraisal fair should be of reasonable size. "We're just not equipped to handle large items, like furniture, at the fair," he said.

Information: Julius Koch, 410-255-3047.

Herbs at Hancock's

Hancock's Resolution will present a program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on old-time uses of herbs.

"Herbs were extremely important in colonial times," says Barbara Sparks, education chairman of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club, who will present the program and display. "Most women had an herb garden that not only helped to season the family's food, but to use as medicine for various illnesses."

Plants will be displayed and handouts available. Herb punch and herb-flavored cake will be served.

Sparks said the program has also been presented by the club at other historic sites, including Mount Clare Mansion in Baltimore and Montpellier Mansion in Laurel, and at the Piney Run Herb Festival in Carroll County.

A display on beekeeping will be presented by Maria Lovelace.

Hancock's Resolution is at 2795 Bayside Beach Road. Admission is free, but donations toward restoration of the historic farm are welcome. Information: 410-255-7041.

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