After a mild and beautiful early fall, frost has reddened the leaves, and previews of winter are in the air. Grateful retailers, praying for snow to put shoppers in a holiday mood, cast hopeful eyes to the sky.
It works for me.
First, out came the winter coat. Then up went the Christmas wreath. While a trio of leftover jack-o'-lanterns grinned lopsidedly, the seasons on my front porch underwent a premature change. Suspicious triangular eyes observed the removal of pots of chrysanthemums, still covered with blossoms, and the introduction of greens and bows and twinkling lights.
Then it was goodbye to the pumpkins.
It may still be autumn in the neighborhood, but visit my house and you'll find yourself whistling "Jingle Bells."
It seems I'm not the only one in a holiday mood.
The Severna Park Jaycees have announced the sale of their 1991 Severna Park Christmas Tree ornament, the fourth in a series featuring community landmarks.
This year's version is red on silver, the design depicting the B&A Trail Park ranger station.
The collectible ornaments, which sell for $6.50, are available atretail shops and banks in the Park or by calling 647-7020.
* The Jaycees, along with WPOC radio, will sponsor Bowl USA from 10 a.m. to3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Severna Park Bowling Lanes on Ritchie Highway. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Participants of all ages will qualify to bowl three free games, plus get a free shoe rental, with a minimum of $20 in pledges.
Pick up registration forms at the lanes or call 437-3263.
* The Jaycees' November membership meeting is set for 8 p.m. tonight.
If you'd like tobecome part of this energetic, community-oriented group, call Judi Wood at 544-4613 during the day or Dan Grimes at 987-1075.
If you haven't gotten a ticket to see the Anne Arundel Community CollegeMoonlight Troopers' fall production, "Peter Pan," better get a move on. They're selling fast, stage manager Joy Ajello says.
Weekend performances until Nov. 24 are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Under the direction of choreographer Sherry Kay Yetter, the show at the college's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts is a mechanical and musical marvel.
When Peter, playedconvincingly by Judy Golden, flies into the nursery through the openwindow, Wendy, John and Michael think happy thoughts and join in theaerodynamics.
You won't see a more professional performance on Broadway. Responsibility for the airborne wizardry goes to Flying by Foy of Las Vegas, Nev., the country's premier flying trainers.
Sincethey have launched everything from tiny Peter Pans to a live elephant, training the college cast and crew was no problem. Over the years,the Foys have assisted the likes of Mary Martin and Kathy Rigby intothe air, as well as a squadron of Vegas show girls.
Professor Robert E. Kaufmann, head of AACC's Theatre Department, is technical director and designer of sets and lighting.
Dan Ortmeyer of Arnold plays the dual roll of "Mr. Darling" and a quintessential "Captain Hook." Representing Greater Severna Park are Lost Boy Mark Murray and Indian Debra Cooke.
There has never been a greater chorus line on the Pascal stage than the eight ridiculous pirates who, with their perfectly timed singing and dancing and antics, steal the show.
Mention has to be made of the super job done by Kevin Brennan as the ticking Crocodile and Andrea Groves as Nana, the nursemaid dog.
In case you wondered, the Moonlight Players took their name from the early years, when AACC met at Severna Park High School and the only time the actors could practice was late at night, after all the regular school functions were finished.
For ticket information, call 541-2457.
During Founder's Day ceremonies Thursday, Severn School celebrated its 77th anniversary.
Receiving the school's highest honor, theRolland M. Teel Award, was Stephens F. Millard, Class of 1951.
Sponsored by the school's Board of Trustees and the alumni association,the award recognizes outstanding service to humanity, community and school, as well as professional achievement.
Millard, a resident of Palo Alto, Cal., is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has co-founded five high-tech companies since 1980, three of which have gone public.
His most recent venture, Metricom Inc., produces communicationssystems for the world-wide utility industry.
A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Millard earned his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is co-founder of the Krupp Group, an organization of former Fortune 500 CEOs.
Millard taught English at Severn, served on the board of trustees and gavethe eulogy at the 1978 funeral of Mr. Teel.
Inducted into Severn's Hall of Fame were H. Timothy Albrecht Jr., '53; Michael A. Clark, '65; Harry W. Hurst III, '69; former tennis coach Sheila J. Kiefer andDavid L. Wright, '69.
The Australia-born Kiefer, a former physical education teacher, is the first female coach to be named to the hall of fame.