It's odd how certain words bring back memories of childhood.
Recently I spent some time talking with Dick Oles of Pasadena, maitre d'armes and coach of the Tri Weapon Club, a fencing club for boys.
The club, known as TWC, has been around the Baltimore metro area for over 30 years and is the only club that gears its training to youths.
TWC will be starting beginner instruction classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in October at the Columbia Recreation Centerat the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay.
When you talk about fencing most people automatically think of the swashbuckling feats seen on the silver screen.
I must admit the sport brings back images of the Three Musketeers of candy bar and ice cream fame -- Athos, Porthos and Aramis.
I faintly remember re-creating their scenes of sword mastery one summer long ago. With twig in hand, our ragtag group of musketeers spent countless hours sparing, lunging and then arguingover who got who first.
But, according to Oles, modern fencing isnothing like what has been shown on the silver screen.
"Fencing is a rough, tough combat sport that requires tremendous speed, timing and stamina," he said. As fast as Hollywood-type fencing is, modern competitive fencing is faster, demanding perfection that is measured in fractions of an inch and tenths of a second, he explained.
"It teaches you to think on your feet and to control your mental and physical reactions, plus, unlike most other sports, height and weight are unimportant -- interest is," Oles added.
Safety is another big emphasis of fencing.
The sport has rigid rules that all fencers must obey. Beginners must bring gym clothes, gym shoes, athletic supporter, a towel and lock. All other fencing gear is supplied by TWC.
Thefour-week course is open to boys ages 11 to 16 and the cost is $45.
To sign up or for more information, call Coach Oles at 255-2865 any weekday morning.
Grab your partner and promenade on over toJacobsville Elementary School this evening as the Harborlights Square Dancing Club offers a free lesson for beginning dancers from 7 to 9p.m.
Don't have a partner? No problem. Singles are invited to come and learn, too.
With more than 100 members from all over the county, the non-profit club sponsors two dances each month at the school, at 3801 Mountain Road.
For more details, call 446-6047 or 787-0299.
The Women's Auxiliary of Lake Shore is sponsoring its annual Christmas Trip on Dec. 7.
This year's trek will be to the Pennsylvania Christmas and Gift Show, located at the Farm Show Complex inHarrisburg.
According to Catherine Belford, auxiliary spokesman, the Christmas and gift show is one of the largest holiday shopping events in the country. There are more than 400 specialty shops selling a wide variety of exclusive and unique gifts for family and friends.
In addition to shopping, the show will feature a professional ice show, craft demonstrations, a 90-foot Christmas garden, complete withtrains, more than 30 decorated trees, decorated mantles and lots of holiday displays.
The cost for bus transportation is $22.50 per person. The bus will leave at 8 a.m. from Lake Shore Elementary on Mountain Road. If time permits, another mystery shopping stop is planned.The bus will return at 8 p.m.
For reservations, call Belford at 255-0448.
Another busy month is on the calendar at Stoney Creek Democratic Club.
Tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the club will hold an indoor flea market. Tables are available for $9 each and refreshments will be sold. Contact Rich Ames at 437-9388 for details.
At 8 p.m. Wednesday, you're invited to meet and talk with our state comptroller, Louis L. Goldstein, at the Open House. The community is invited.
The club's $6 Sunday Party is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Eat, drink and dance to the music of the Sugar Beats.
Too old to trick or treat?
Well, you can dress up and celebrate atthe Halloween Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Oct. 26.
Tickets are$10 and include a platter, chips, pretzels, beer and setups. The Reasons will provide music for dancing, and costume prizes will be awarded.
For more details on club event, call Charlie Michaels at 437-9821.
The PTA of Riviera Beach Elementary is sponsoring a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Riviera Beach VFC hall on Fort Smallwood Road. Tickets are $12 per person and include beer, sodas, chips and setups. Pizzaz will provide music for dancing.
To order tickets, call 255-1745 or 255-8288.
The PTSO of Chesapeake Bay Middle School is sponsoring a Fall Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the school off Mountain Road.
Craft spaces are available for $20 each. Spaces are approximately 8 feet wide by 7 feet deep. The bazaar committee suggests crafters bring theirown tables. Some cafeteria tables will be available to use.
For an application or more details, call Kathy O'Connell at 437-1460 or the school at 437-0464.