Students hit a high note with selection to National Honors Choir

Local Girl Scout Troop 1635 performed Christmas carols for the residents and staff of College Manor in Lutherville on Dec. 4. Showm from left, are members Lisa McCullough, Maya Florián, Lydia Hillman, Tori Vandervest, Diana Johannson, Rebecca Sunday, Callie Seim, Rosemary Wonnell, Olivia Erlandson. In the back is Michael Allman.

Congratulations to nine local students who have been selected to perform in the Organization of American Kodaly Educators National Honors Choirs in Phoenix, Ariz., this March.

Chosen for the Children's Honors Choir are Riderwood Elementary School students Claire Dunham, Tim Paulis, Olivia Joy Robinson and Emma Sharon. Also chosen was Audra Lane, a student at The Bryn Mawr School.


Seventh-grade students selected for the Youth Honors Choir are Kristina Anastasiades and Rosemary Wonnell from Dumbarton Middle School and Maya Florián and Emily Robinson from The Bryn Mawr School.

Under the tutelage of Riderwood's music teacher, Michael Allman, these musicians submitted audition tapes and were chosen among thousands of applicants nationwide.


The students will arrive in Phoenix March 15 to participate in rehearsals before performing March 17 at the Phoenix Symphony Hall.

Speaking of Riderwood music teacher Michael Allman, he also directed local Girl Scout Troop 1635 Dec. 4 when the Scouts performed Christmas carols for the residents and staff of College Manor in Lutherville.

Residents were also treated to a clarinet solo by Lisa McCullough and a violin solo by Rosemary Wonnell. The troop, made up of area seventh- and eighth-graders.

The Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, is once again hosting its Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 Motor Coach Tour on the fire's 108th anniversary weekend, Feb. 5 from 1 to 4:15 p.m.

The third worst fire in U.S. history, the Great Baltimore Fire destroyed 86 downtown blocks and 1,500 buildings in 30 hours.

Following a slide show lecture at the museum, historians Wayne Schaumberg and Steve Heaver will lead participants on a motor coach tour of Baltimore's Burnt District. The walking portion of the tour covers three blocks with three stops, where they will describe the progress of the fire.

The tour is limited to 52 participants. Tickets are $42 for members, $48 for nonmembers. For information, call 410-321-7500, or go to

The museum is currently closed to walk-in visits through April 30; however group tours for all ages are available February through December, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call the museum if you would like to set up a tour.


If you're on the lookout for fun activities for your children, you maybe interested in a new program coming in February. Abrakadoodle Art Education will host an unveiling of its new Art Studio for Kids, ages 2-14, Feb. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 9606 Deereco Road.

The grand opening features the work of artist Dana Morgan-Gillett, who will lead several mini art sessions for youngsters. This free event also includes painting a special permanent gallery mural with the artist.

Face painting, prizes, refreshments and music will round out the afternoon festivities. No pre-registration is required. For more details, go to

Youth baseball and girls softball walk-in signups begin Saturday, Jan. 21. Registration for youth baseball, for children ages 5-18, is in the Ridgely Middle School gym lobby, Jan. 21 and 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Online registration is also available at

Girl's softball registration for girls aged 5-18 are Saturdays, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, also in the Ridgely gym lobby. For information go to, or contact Charlotte Patrone at 410-963-4868, or e-mail