When it comes to plant knowledge and flower power, Severna Park horticulture enthusiasts turn to one individual: Marie Coulter.
Movingto Severna Park nearly 20 years ago with her husband, retired Navy Capt. Frank Coulter at the conclusion of his military career, she became the local flower guru. Associates found her skilled in all forms of flower arranging -- especially the Oriental school -- and possessing enough horticulture information to fill a book.
Next month, Coulter's fame could become nationwide. The first of May, she begins a two-year term as one of eight regional directors ofthe National Council of State Garden Clubs Inc.
The board of directors, which oversees federated garden clubs across the United States, is based in St. Louis.
As regional director of the Central Atlantic area, Coulter will administer activities in seven federations: Maryland, Washington, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, New Jersey and New York.
Coulter has plenty of experience; she has been president of the Maryland Federation, a member of the state council, one of five state district directors and president of the Chartwell Garden Club.
One of her busiest, yet most impressive, jobs is the one just completed: accrediting chairwoman for the deep South for the National Federation Flower Show School. Part of her responsibility was approving the work of instructors who teach judges for flower shows.
If one could equate Coulter's influence in this volunteer venture with a job in industry, she would be chairman of the board.
Why not joinfellow nature lovers and outdoorsmen for a 2-mile hike at 10 a.m. Saturday at Downs Park in Pasadena?
This hike will venture "off the beaten path" in search of moccasin flower, shadbush and other signs of springtime flora and fauna. You are encouraged to bring your cameraand field guide.
For further details, call 222-6230.
If you loved "Les Miserables," you'll want to attend Saturday's dance, "Beyond the Barricades," at the ABC Cafe.
Sponsored by the Severna Park High School Band Boosters as its annual expression of appreciation to the community for its support, the dance will be from 8 to 11 p.m. in the cafeteria-turned-cafe. The evening will feature the big-band sound of SPHS's own Windjammers.
Appetizers and desserts will be served, and door prizes from local merchants will be awarded.
Tickets are $5 and may be reserved by calling 544-7248 or 647-7263, or may be purchased at the door.
Hopefully the weather will be kind to us May 4 because it is one of the busiest days of spring in Severna Park.
First, a flea market, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 918, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Our Shepherd in the Field Lutheran Church on Benfield Road.
Then, the Woods Child Development Center's annual Fun Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.
Activities for children include a magic show, face painting, clowns, balloons, games with prizes and refreshments.
If it rains, the fair will be moved indoors.
Meanwhile, at Chesapeake Academy from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., it will be time for the annual Spring French Carnival.
A day of family fun will include a moon bounce, face painting, games, prizes and food. Chesapeake Academy students will present a series of skits and songs in French.
For the shoppers, there will be a craft and flower sale, a silent auction, a tumbola table and the raffling of a handmade, queen-size quilt.
The school is located at 1185 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Arnold. For further information, call 647-9612.
That granddaddy of all garage sales takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4 at the Severna Park United Methodist Church onBenfield Boulevard.
Expect the unexpected, because veteran chairwoman Lucille Collins says she has accepted for sale anything that wasn't breathing. The line forms early, so get yourself to the church ontime.
For more details, call the church at 987-4700.
I hear through the grapevine that many communities are planning yard sales on May 4, too.
Anne Arundel Community College will observe National Law Week with a free lecture from noon to 1 p.m., May 6, on the widespread problem of date rape.
Cynthia M. Ferris, county assistant state's attorney and deputy chief of the Circuit Court division, and Karen Goldman Lyon, executive director of the county Sexual Assault Crisis Center, will discuss methods of avoiding date rape and what to do if it happens.
The event will take place in the humanities hall.
For further information, call Lynne Wood at 541-2250.
If either of your parents is deceased, getting through the holidays in May and June can be very painful. It's hard to escape all the reminders. Many TV commercials urge sending flowers, cards, candy, and making and receiving special phone calls.
The Bereavement Center of Arundel Hospice has planned a seminar, "Getting through Mother's Day-Father's Day," from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 4, at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church.