West Friendship: Dancer Andrea Burkholder a headliner at Theater Project

Anyone who had the good fortune to amble by the Theater Project in Baltimore last month, was in for a high-flying adventure.

Andrea Chastant Burkholder, married to Daniel Burkholder and mom to 5-year-old Adelais, performed last month at the Theater Project.


Andrea, a well known aerial dancer, appeared in "For That Which Returns." She is a co-director of the Arachne Aerial Arts and not only performed in the production, but also choreographed it.

Andrea and her dance company partner Sharon Witting have worked with members of Cirque du Soleil during intensive training at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont. The aerial duo offers workshops and training as well as performance.


The piece which was staged at the Theater Project retold the myth of Demeter and Persephone, the age old story of connections between mothers and daughters. Andrea's husband Daniel Burkholder was the lighting designer for this show, which featured stunning illuminated sculpture.

The Washington Post has described Andrea's work with Witting, as "teamwork and precision akin to migrating birds flying in formation." Andrea grew up in this area and attended West Friendship Elementary during the early 1980's.

The Glenelg Country School's community service groups are sponsoring an International Holiday Bazaar in order to raise funds for several student-driven international service projects.

The festive event will be held at Glenelg Country School, 12793 Folly Quarter Road, on Dec. 1, 12:30 to 3 p.m. Handcrafted artisan items will be on sale. Questions? Call David Weeks at 410-531-5775

Becky Moy Behre of Greenbridge Pottery answers an often asked question. "Yes, we will be open during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend." Hours for the pottery barns are Nov. 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Nov. 25, 1 to 5 p.m.

Bruce Casteel on classical guitar will strum his magic on Nov. 24, 1 to 3 p.m. Greenbridge Pottery is at 5159 Greenbridge Road in Dayton.

Sandi Hawkins and the members of the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department are delighted to be partnering with Marriotts Ridge High School as participants in the classic Toys for Tots program this season.

If you would like to donate a new unwrapped toy or gift for a youngster ages birth through 12 years, drop your item off in the foyer of Station 3, at the intersection of Routes 32 and 99 in West Friendship. The program will continue through Dec. 11.


Another great opportunity provided by the Friars at the Shrine of St. Anthony. A fall festival is planned for Nov. 24, 1-4 p.m. Hayrides, snacks and cider, a bonfire and the first showing of Brother Gerry Seipp's train garden.

Participants are also invited to make Advent Wreaths during the festival. All are invited to the Shrine, at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

Sally and Shannon Stevens, the bead and jewelry artisans of Sunroom Studios, will present a show at the Howard County Conservancy on Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aside from demonstrations, Sally promises a sale table for "your shopping pleasure". The Conservancy website, lists a huge array of holiday happenings.