This week I would like to tell you about one of our neighbors who has a deep interest in American Indians.
Elizabeth Stewart, known toher friends as Libby, lives in the Arundel Hills community of Linthicum and is very much involved with The Baltimore American Indian Center at 113 S. Broadway in Fells Point.
A member of the Religious Society of Friends, Libby inherited thestrong Quaker history of helping the American Indian from her 102-year-old father. He enjoys repeating stories he heard from his grandmother about the culture of the local Indian tribes.
Libby said that the Quakers have always felt the need to redress the injustices done to the American Indian and she reads a lot about the Quakers' involvement with them. She said that in 1869 President Grant enlisted the help of the Quakers in starting the Commission on Indian Affairs. In 1969, Libby traveled to Oklahoma for the Centennial Celebration of its founding.
Throughout the years, she has served on the American Friends Service Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee at the Friends Meeting House in the 3100 block of N. Charles St. For several hourseach month she and other volunteers sort and bag good used clothing,some of which is sent to the Sioux Rosebud Reservation in North Dakota.
Libby is a working member of the larger body of Friends who come together yearly to conduct business meetings and workshops and fora time of spirituality with an emphasis on Indian affairs.
The Friends also were instrumental in forming the downtown center, which provides a wide range of services. They have job training, an alcohol and drug abuse program, a cultural and community service program and asenior center. A small museum and gift shop is open to the public. The newest addition is a day-care center that opened last year.
Libby keeps herself busy learning all she can about Indian culture. She especially enjoys reading about their myths and folk stories. She visits the Baltimore Indian Center frequently to attend meetings and various social activities.
Libby looks forward to the upcoming IndianPow-Wow that will take place at Festival Hall on Aug. 23, 24 and 25 and encourages others to attend. She said there will be dances, drumming and Indian foods. Each time she attends a Pow-Wow she learns something more, but she said, "I am in the kindergarten of that process, there is so much to know. . . . There is no end to what I can learn about the American Indian and I enjoy it so much."
Libby and her husband, John, have lived in the Linthicum area for some time and have raised three children.
What little rain we have had this summer! Yet, when it did come down, it rained out the record hop that theNorth Linthicum Pool Association had planned a few weeks ago. A Tropical Party scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight this Saturday is being combined with the canceled party and is called a Rock-a-Hula Party.
Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for non-members. It includes a cook-out, beer, wine, soft drinks and lots of prizes. Dance contests are planned along with a hula-hoop contest. Disk jockey Michele Warner will provide the music for the evening.
Reservations are appreciated. Please call Dottie Mullen at 354-4122. Some tickets will be available at the door.
The Arundel Cooperative Nursery School, in the Peace Lutheran Church, 416 Wellham Ave., Ferndale, has limited openings in the afternoon sessions.
Classes for 3-year-old children are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes for 4-year-olds are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The morning sessions are from 9 to 11:30 a.m.and 12:30 to 3 p.m. for the afternoon sessions.
Students are exposed to a variety of learning experiences including field trips, art projects, pre-kindergarten readiness and lots of fun. Since this is a cooperative school, parents are expected toparticipate. Michele Hampeis the teacher in charge of the curriculum. She is a Maryland Certified Early Childhood Teacher from Towson State University.
Classes will begin in September with staggered openings for the 3-year-olds. There will be an orientation for the children and parents.
Membership information: Robin Woodward, 437-9419.
The Executive Committee of the Patapsco Valley American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 3850 will meet at 10 a.m. on Aug. 21, at St. Christopher's Church Hall, 116 Marydell Road. George Surgeon is president.
The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Associationis not having a meeting this month. Regular meetings will resume Sept. 11. They take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Linthicum Elementary School Media Center, 101 School Lane.
All area families are invited to join. Dues are $5 per year and are payable to: LSIA, P.O. Box 143, Linthicum Heights 21090.
Information: Bruce Fink, president, 850-8508.
Last week, 10 members and friends of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club took a short trip to Freeland to attend a lunch given by Barbara Fabula of "Barb's Yarbs." Fabula runs an herb business from her home, selling plants, crafts and other herbal products.
Members of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club toured her formal herb garden, greenhouse and harvesting and cut flower gardens before enjoying a delicious lunch served on the sun porch of Fabula's old German farmhouse.
Shepresented several courses, which included a cold cucumber salad withdill, grilled chicken marinated with tarragon, saffron rice, tomatoes with basil pesto, coleslaw and apple cake flavored with herbs and arosemary sorbet.
Members of the club learned a new way of presenting a drink. Fabula had frozen a variety of herbs in a square mold. It was then used to keep the Christmas Herbal Punch cold in its bottle.
This was only one of several ideas club members will bring to the next meeting to share with everyone.