Tomorrow afternoon, as families throughout Glen Burnie sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, manywill give thanks for the important gifts of their life -- family, friends, good health.
But later, when the turkey carcass has been stripped, zip-locked and tucked away in the refrigerator -- behind the 2-year-old box of baking soda -- many fellow Burnies will take a moment to reflect on a few of life's less obvious pleasures.
Thankful, that, for most of us, it is not our responsibility to locate and return all the renegade Price Club shopping carts as they migrate west toward Ritchie Highway (perhaps in search of stores that accept MasterCard and have 35 items or less express check-out lines).
FOR THE RECORD - A photo caption on the Nov. 27 Odenton community page mistakenly identified Marie Drummer. She is assistant to Sharon Williams, the activities director at Wellspring Nursing Home.
What a wonderful Thanksgiving when we can enjoy a 28-cents-per-pound turkey from Leedmark insteadof a turkey-loaf roll (produced using the same principals as manufacturing plywood).
Four-year-old Kristin Naff was the winner ofthe Wellspring Nursing Home's first "Little Miss" contest Saturday night. Heather Dicus, 7, was first runner-up, and Selena Evins was second runner-up.
Eight young ladies between the ages of 4 and 8 participated in the event. The panel of judges scored the girls in three areas: questions and answers, talent and a pint-size version of the evening gown competition.
Kristin received several prizes, including a porcelain doll, stuffed Paddington Bear and several gift certificates.
Each girl was presented with a gift certificate and a participation award by the master of ceremonies, Delegate Charles "Stokes" Kolodziejski, D-Carvel Beach.
Also participating in the competition were Heather Valente, Sabrina Valente, Chantelle Gerry, Melissa Nickol and Christen Nickol.
When the curtain goes up next week on the youth production of "Talent Machine," many proud parents will be in the audience at Anne Arundel Community College. But one family will be three times as proud as the others, because they have three children in the production.
John and Susan Blewett will take a rest from helping with the props and stitching costumes to enjoy the performances of their children Christine, 12, John, 10, and Joseph, 8.
The Blewett family became involved with the Talent Machine Co. last spring after Christine auditioned for the company's production at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theater.
Now the family, with the exception of Gregory, 3, and Michael, 2, appear to have been bitten pretty hard by the acting bug.
The road to fame and fortune started at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School, with John playing the guitar while the children sang. In addition to annual appearances in the variety show, the family also visited area nursing homes.
"The kids started in the talent show at school, and then Christie wanted to continue with the singing. When we read about the theater in the paper we becameinvolved. Soon the boys wanted to be involved too," said Susan Blewett.
The family's schedule is a little hectic right now between rehearsals, performances and Christine's dance lessons at the Glen Burnie Recreation Association.
"It does occupy a lot of my free time, but in the end it's worth it," said Christine. "My friends think it's fun. A lot of them have come to the show, and some of them are going to try out this summer."
Christine debuted in the theater last summer as a member of a singing trio. In the current holiday edition of the Talent Machine, her character, Patty the Cheerleader, performs a solo, "Getting Out Of Town."
In their first production, John and Joseph are members of the chorus and the dance ensemble.
And do thechildren entertain aspirations of singing and dancing as a career?
"Oh, on some level they may like to think that," their mother said,"especially Christie. At this age, I guess many girls want to grow up and be a star."
The Talent Machine will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6-7, and at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Dec. 8, in the Humanities Theater at AACC.
Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door orby calling 647-3606.
This weekend marks the official start of the holiday shopping season. But before you hit the malls in a frantic search for bargains and polite salespeople, consider enjoying a good breakfast sponsored by Glen Burnie Chapter 63, Order of the Eastern Star.
Breakfast Saturday begins at 7 a.m. and continues throughnoon at the Glen Burnie Masonic Temple, First Avenue and Crain Highway.
For a $5 donation, adults can enjoy an all-you-can-eat repast of eggs, sausage, gravy, pancakes by Aden Sisk, biscuits by Rita Gunter, homemade fruit, breads with cream cheese, hot apples, hash brown potatoes, juice, coffee, tea and milk.
The cost for children 6 to 12 is $2.50; children 5 and younger eat free.
Home-baked goods andcraft items will be sold throughout the morning.
Proceeds from the breakfast go to the Shriners' Hospitals For Crippled Children. The hospitals offer treatment to all children from birth to 18 years of age, regardless of their ability to pay.