Owings Mills: 'Godspell' production taps anti-bullying theme

Summer is a time for relaxing and enjoying a slower pace of life. The activities around town are sure to bring a smile to your face. Theater lovers will be treated to a production of "Godspell" by the Liberty Showcase Theatre. This group has been entertaining since 1973 when a group of Randallstown High School students produced a show to benefit the Baltimore County Hospital. Now a part of Baltimore County Recreation and Parks, this troupe has brought countless classics to our area.

This season's production of "Godspell" is a modern setting of the parables told in the Gospel according to Matthew. The message is one of acceptance of differences, but the cast will be incorporating a strong anti-bullying theme into the production as well. Directed by Ted McCadden and Jay Althouse, and choreographed by Doug Kotula, theater goers will not be disappointed.


All performances will be held at Owings Mills High School, 124 Tollgate Road, from Friday, July 20 until Sunday, July 29. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. General admission is $16 and seniors, children under 12, and students with ID are just $13. Call 410-340-0821 for tickets or purchase at the door. I've seen several shows over the years and each is phenomenal!

A Service of Dedication was held June 10 for Carroll's Church on Chestnut Ridge. Two new monuments were erected in the church cemetery, honoring the original site of the Carroll Chapel, and also the Ladies Aid Society that existed from 1907-2009. This organization held 322 fundraisers and accumulated more than $92,000, all by a core group of 18-25 women.


Other improvements have been made to the cemetery in recent years, such as the additions of an iron bench and two small planters near the monuments, and a "people's gate" has been built next to the driveway gate. A small painted sign on the front lawn identifies "Carroll's Cemetery Chestnut Ridge."

The original chapel was razed in 1969 and a new church was built further south on Greenspring Avenue. On July 1, 1990, Gill's United Methodist Church merged with Carroll's and for 19 years congregants had a place to call home. Then on July 1, 2009, the Carroll's-Gill's UM Church merged with Hunt's Memorial UM Church due to the inability to increase membership and support. It wasn't for lack of trying: The core congregation explored every avenue to grow the church and keep it going. In the end, Hunt's warmly welcomed the parishioners and new friendships were formed.

Pastor Gary Sheffield-James ,of Hunt's, officiated at the dedication service and encouraged past members to share their stories. Remembrances by the Sunday School teachers of Carroll's Chapel brought laughter from the crowd, and bittersweet stories touched the heart. When all was said and done, everyone realized that the real heart of the church was not a building but the people within.

Quick notes about town: Be sure to visit the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company on Greenspring Avenue and enjoy Firehouse Snowballs. All proceeds benefit the fire company, and they are delish as well! The fire company is located a bit north of Caves Road, for those unfamiliar with the area.

The bells are ringing at Tagart Memorial Chapel at McDonogh School from July 6 until Aug. 3. Every Friday night from 7-8 p.m., rain or shine, this free annual summer carillon recital series will start the weekend off on a relaxing note. Bring a picnic supper and unwind after a long work week. Call 410-363-0600 for information or directions.

Improvements are being made to the three-way intersection of Pleasant Hill Road, Church Road, and Dolfield Boulevard. This is part of the Dolfield Boulevard. extension and has been quite a mess recently with road closures and detours.

Have too much stuff and no place to store it? Problem now solved with Your Space Storage at Owings Mills. An impressive building, bright and eye-pleasing, is located at the corner of Red Run Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road. Climate-controlled units are a plus, and easy access is another inviting factor.

A belated happy first birthday (June 27) is wished to Brody Fredrick Often who celebrated with a pool party at his grandparents' home. Big brother Christian Isaiah helped blow out the candle and also shared in the cake-for-one. A good time was had by all!


Lastly, I have to announce that we are blessed to be grandparents again. Finley Boone Davidson arrived full-term and healthy at 6:42 am on June 14, Flag Day! He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20" long. Big brother Oliver Jacob loves "his" baby and is already a big help to Mommy and Daddy. Finley is also welcomed by equally proud and smitten grandparents John and Rose Davidson, of Randallstown.

Call with your special news; I would love to hear from you. See you in August and have a wonderful summer.