Throughout the next few weeks, churches, schools and civic associations will present holiday concerts and plays for the community.
It is the music of Christmas that often evokes the most poignant holiday memories. Music that is solemn, exploring the sanctity of the season. Music that is silly, reflecting the joy and anticipation of our children. Verses committed to memory that we share with people we care about and total strangers.
One of the first musical presentations of the holidays will be at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 28, at Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway. The Notables, a 38-member chorus, will perform.
The singing group, affiliated with the Patapsco Valley Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons, performs throughout the area.
Under the direction of Charles Haslup, the chorus has been invited to the White House and the governor's mansion.
The concert is free and open to the community.
* "A Christmas on Main Street" will be the holiday musical production from the Purest Praise Theater Troupe at the Glen Burnie Assembly of God, Dec. 12-16. The curtain rises each evening at 7:30 for this original play written and directed by James Collver, minister of worship and fine arts.
"The story is an exploration about the spirit of giving that pervades Christmas. A look down Main Street USA," Collver said. "You meet various characters and see how they respond in different ways to the problem of the homeless."
"It addresses the problems of giving to organizations and to individuals and the meaning of giving at Christmas and the gift from God of his son."
The cast includes Marti Hix, Tom Rendulic, Grace Ark, Ralph Boecker, Robin Puckett and Jeff Kennedy.
Tickets may be obtained at the door, subject to availability. A minimal donation of $1 per ticket is requested. Advance reservations are suggested for the weekend performances.
Tickets may be ordered in advance by calling the church office, 761-9075, or by mailing an order form with a self-addressed envelope to: Glen Burnie Assembly of God, 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21060.
* Residents of the Point Pleasant and Shoreland communities are invited to bring their children, grandchildren and even a few great-grandchildren to "A Kiddie Christmas" from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Church of the Good Shepherd hall, 1451 Furnace Ave.
A magician will entertain the children until Santa arrives with a special surprise for each.
The party is a holiday gift to community children from the Point Pleasant/Shoreland Improvement Association.
To assure that each child receives a present from Santa, it is necessary to register before Nov. 30 by contacting Cindy Heinl, 766-6875, or Barb Heinl, 553-6838.
* Volunteers at the Spectrum Convalescent Homes will be honored at a dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 in the main dining room.
Organized by the activities department, the dinner is a way of recognizing the volunteers for their work.
"We have so many volunteers to thank," said Trish Fallin, activities director. "Members of the Pets on Wheels program, the Life Enrichment and Mom and Me programs. We have people who set up the birthday parties and the coffee hours each month. Volunteers coordinate our annual bazaar and help with the sing-a-long group. We just want to thank them."
The residents will join the volunteers after dinner for an evening of entertainment.
* The Glen Burnie Baptist Puppet Squad is active once again after a retirement of almost four years.
The puppeteers will entertain the congregation of Glen Burnie Baptist at a special performance Sunday at 7 p.m. The performance will include four skits: "Don't be Afraid," "Don't Make Fun," "Gospel Quartet" and "Can't Hide from God."
Debbie Snoke directs the group of 10 puppeteers. They work with "people-puppets" similar to the type used on Sesame Street.
"We plan to perform throughout the area at least once a month -- in schools, nursing homes, shopping malls," Snoke said.
Anyone interested in joining the puppet squad or who would like to invite the group to perform can contact Snoke at 674-8657.
* Students at Marley Middle School can look forward to another school dance Nov. 28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the school gym.
Tickets will be sold for $2 each during lunch periods on Nov. 26, 27 and 28. No tickets will be sold at the door. Only Marley Middle students are invited.
Ann Emrick, one of the teacher-volunteers who chaperones the dances, has promised to learn the "Electric Slide." There is no additional charge to watch her.
"We plan to have the dances every month except in December," said PTA President Joanne Bean. "We've had a very good response."
Jack Barton, a professional DJ and owner of Jr. Jack's teen nightclub, will provide the music.
For more information call the school office, 761-0934.