Storyteller To Share Folklore

Neighbors/Odenton, Ft. Meade, Gambrills

January 09, 1991|By Vicki Wellford

Master storyteller Len Cabral will return to share stories of Africa and the West Indies as well as traditional American folk tales at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Provinces library, located in the Severn Square Shopping Center, Route 175 and Ridge Road in Severn.

The program, commemorating Black History Month, will include mime, poetry, song and audience participation.

Cabral, of Providence, R.I., treasures the tales his Cape Verdean great-grandparents brought with them when they immigrated to America. An artist-in-residence for the Rhode Island State Arts Council and co-founder of Sidewalk Storytellers, a children's theater company, Cabral has collected stories from Alabama to Africa. He said the telling and re-telling of stories changes them a bit over the years, and that's what makes folklore.

"A story is a skeleton," Cabral said. "Every day you dress it up differently. Some days you put a plaid shirtand dungarees on that story, some days you dress it up in a three-piece suit."

A member of The Spellbinders, the Rhode Island Storytellers Collective, Cabral has performed in schools, libraries, nursing homes, festivals, summer camps and community centers throughout New England. He also conducts creative drama workshops for teachers and students.

Cabral first appeared at local library branches last year,attracting more than 400 people to his performances. No advance registration is required for the free 45-minute program. Ages 6 to adult are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Betty Morganstern at 222-7371.


The United Methodist Women of Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church in Odenton has new officers for 1991. They are: President, Charlette Pokorny; vice president, Dolores Bell; secretary, Argaree Hickey; treasurer, Marilyn Leek; mission coordinators,June Grove and Joyce Kendall; membership committee, Marlene Keck and Kathryn Redmiles; worship committee, Phyllis Foster; resource committee, Marge Orlando, Carolyn Cooper, Joy Richardson, Lauretta Martin, Janet Garman; nominating committee, Joyce Kendal, Dolores Bell, Louise King, Bessie Vanlandingham and Linda Wallace.

The next meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the church. A potluck dinner will be followed by a program and the meeting. All women of the church are invited.

For more information, call the church at 674-2272.


The new Human Relations Committee at Four Seasons Elementary met for the first time in December. The committee's goals for this year are toincrease school spirit and maintain a positive school climate. School spirit days, appreciation days and Grandparent's Day were discussed.

The committee is composed of parents, students and teachers. Members include Chairperson Iris Daly as well as Dawn Baxter, June Deshields, Mary Ellen Manning and Sandy Lazar. The elected student representatives are Charles Weimer, Jessica Jackowski and Stacy Garity from the sixth grade and Jason Baxter from the second grade.

Any parent interested in this committee may call the school office at 674-6499.


The O'Malley Senior Center in Odenton is sponsoring a Creative and Curative Painting Workshop with artist and color therapist Jean Hauck of Geneva, Switzerland. Beginning today and Friday and endingFeb. 13 and 15, Hauck will lead two six-session workshops for which no previous art experience is needed, the only requirement being an open mind.

Hauck has lived and worked in Switzerland and France formore than 25 years.

She is a member of the International Association of Color Therapists. In Europe, she practices as a consultant, putting together conferences, courses and workshops on color and art therapy.

The classes at the O'Malley Center will be her first in this area.

Hauck describes herself as a facilitator or motivator for change. To discover more about yourself through color and painting, participate in this exciting course.

A supply fee of $25 is required. Call the center at 222-6227 or 621-9515 for further information orto enroll.


Small businesses in the West County area have only a few more weeks to apply for the "Blue Chip Enterprise Award," a national effort designed to learn from and recognize companies that have overcome adversity and achieved success.

The West Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce, one of nearly 600 Chambers nationwide supportingthe program, encourages area businesses at least 3 years old and with between five and 300 employees to apply for the award.

Chamber members wishing to participate should call 1-800-AWARD-91 for an application. The deadline for applications is Jan. 31.

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