Christmas is fast approaching, but if you think Santa Claus is busy at the North Pole, think again. He can be found right here in Severna Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Discovery Shop on Ritchie Highway. Between listening to holiday wishes and handing out candy canes, Santa will be happy to pose for a photo with your youngsters for just $1 each.
Located next door to Help, the business supply store, the Discovery Shop is an agency of the American Cancer Society. All of its proceeds from the sale of gently used clothing and accessories are donated to the Anne Arundel chapter.
As part of its community service, the Discovery Shop will present a fashion show of nearly new fashions for the residents of Meridian House at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
Regular store hours are: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays until Christmas. To contact the shop, call 544-0568.
This is one of those I-knew-her-when stories.
Five years ago, on the evening of her graduation from Peabody Institute, Rosemary Fisher sang at the Naval Academy Chapel wedding of my daughter, Amy. I had heard Rosemary sing at the wedding of a friend's daughter and, knowing a beautiful voice when I hear one, had signed her on the dotted line.
Since that time, Rosemary has gone on to greater things. This weekend she is the producer and soprano soloist in two performances of Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at St. Mary's Church on Duke of Gloucester Street in Annapolis.
Rosemary, who sings the part of Amahl's mother, also performs regularly with the Washington Opera Company, at the Naval Academy, Goucher College and St. Mary's.
The artistic director for this weekend's production is Serafina DiGiacomo of Peabody. The full orchestra, composed of members of the Baltimore, Peabody and Annapolis symphonies, is conducted by Sebrina Alfonso of Goucher College.
Several members of the chorus are from the Park: Jennifer Ciferni, Jami Duffy, Gina Masone, Dorothy Wooton, Evelyn Douglas, Lindsay Erwin and Ani Mason.
Rosemary and another professional member of the cast are donating the equivalent of their salaries to the homeless. The cause of the homeless became a vital part of Rosemary's life one winter evening two years ago.
Stopped at a red light, a thin, disheveled man approached her car and placed a note on the windshield. Frightened, but stunned by the desperate look in the man's eyes, she read the note: "Please give me a quarter."
She says that from that moment on, homeless people became a part of her life, and she encourages everyone to make a donation.
Tickets for "Amahl" are $15 for adults; $8 for children 13 and under, and seniors. Tickets may be purchased by calling 544-6051 or 263-2397.
There is never a dull moment at the Severna Park Branch Library, and the Christmas Special is no exception.
From 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, school-age children will learn to make edible ornaments to hang on the trees outside the library for the birds and animals this winter. Children can duplicate their handiwork at home to create ornaments for their own backyards. The afternoon will also feature a showing of the holiday film "Snowman."
Registration is required, so stop by or call the branch at 222-6290.
Many people like to see their holiday donations at work close to home.
By giving to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, your dollars support the community twofold: the volunteers who deliver the hot, nutritious meals are your neighbors; and the homebound, elderly and convalescent recipients of the tasty food and welcome conversation are also your neighbors.
When planning your gift-giving, consider this program that functions 52 weeks a year. Send your donation to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland Inc., 8841 Orchard Tree Lane, Baltimore 21204-9990.
Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Co. asks that you remember its 1990 Annual Fire Service Fund Drive when making up your gift list.
In 1989, Earleigh Heights volunteers responded to 4,030 fire and emergency calls, averaging 11 calls per day. They spent more than 7,380 volunteer man-hours on fire and medical training, which does not include standby and response time.
With those statistics in mind, realize that over the course of one year, a donation of $25 amounts to only 7 cents per day.
Although volunteer services are free, emergency equipment and vehicles are not. Send your donation to the fire company at P.O. Box 547, Severna Park 21146.
Word comes from Arundel Hospice board of directors President Jay Williamson that it is time again for that organization's Annual Fund Appeal. The hospice program mission is to meet the physical, spiritual, psychological and social needs of terminally ill county residents.
The goal of $60,000 will help continue the community-wide services that are provided in the patient's home without regard to race, color, creed or ability to pay.