Ferndale had exotic visitors recently when three Buddhist monks fromThailand were the guests of Bob and Sue Latini.
Sue had met the monks, friends of son Bob, when she visited him in Thailand. Pra Maha Somchai and Pra Maha Subin lived at Wat Pha (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha) in Bangkok and taught at the university where monks are educated.
They are in this country serving as missionaries and lay teachers. Pra Maha Somchai and Pra Maha Subin are stationed in California. The third monk, Pra Maha Ming is at Wat Thai in Washington. Wat is the Thai word for temple.
Bob, who now lives in Japan, was visiting with his parents at the time and was reunited with his friends.
Bob first met a Buddhist monk in California some years ago. The monk taught Bob to speak Thai and encouraged him to visit Thailand to learn the culture and perfect his Thai. It was Pra Maha Somchai who met him at the airport and welcomed him to the country.
Bob lived in Thailand for 10 years, teaching in several different schools, including theAmerican University Center and the Thai Military School. During thistime he has maintained a close relationship with the monks who visited Ferndale and several others. For the past three years he has taught English to Japanese students who are going to English-speaking countries.
Sue invited me to meet the monks and to have lunch with them. I was very impressed with how open and friendly they were. They wore the traditional robes of bright orange draped over one shoulder. But, due to the much colder climate here, they had to supplement theirdress with additional garments. During lunch they talked about the way of life in their homeland and the practice of their Buddhist religion. One example is that traditionally Buddhist monks must eat their last meal by noon. They also explained that the prefix Pra Maha means'Great Monk' and is a title they attained after special studies.
After leaving the Latinis, the monks continued along the East coast to visit other Thai temples.
Did you have to work? Were you under the weather? Or, heaven forbid, did you forget Valentine's Day last week? Well, this
Saturday you have another opportunity to take someone you love out for an enjoyable evening.
The Home-School Association of St. Philip Neri School is sponsoring a "Sweetheart Dance"from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $8 per person and include the music of D.J. Special K, beer, snacks and setups.
St. Philip Neri School is at 6401 Orchard Road in Linthicum. For information or tickets, call 859-1128 or 796-8332.
David Hitchock from theAnne Arundel County Extension Service will give a presention on "Spring Gardening" at the Linthicum Heights Homemakers meeting at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church. The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by a brown bag lunch, with refreshments served. There will be an afternoon craft project.
The meeting is open to the public. For more information, please call Vivian Zold at 859-1724.
Don't forget about the District 32 Democratic Club dinner-meeting this Thursday at the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Hall. Dinner is at 7 p.m., followed by the meeting at 8 p.m. The cost for dinner is $4.
State Sen. Michael Wagner will talk about redistricting and swear in thenewly elected officers.
For additional information, call Earle Bopp at 859-1719.
The Susannah Wesley Circle of United Methodist Women will serve dinner tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. for the February meeting of United Methodist Men. It will take place in Room 111 of the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church. Dinner is $6.
The speakerfor the evening is Dr. Sridharan Iyengar, professor of physical science and chemistry at Anne Arundel College. His topic will be "A Glimpse of India."
All United Methodist Men and their friends are welcome. For reservations, call John Wagner at 859-0938.
The Ferndale Garden Club's program for the Tuesday, Feb. 25, meeting is "An Old Fashioned Brown Bag Auction." The meeting starts at 8 p.m. at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore & Annapolis Boulevard.
Members are asked to bring a handmade item -- cost not to exceed$5 -- in a brown sack. A poem describing the item should be attachedto the outside to aid the auctioneer, Lou Wolfe.
Hostesses for the evening will be Jean Ball and Dot Malchester. Guests are welcome. Call Helen Childs at 859-0370.
The Ferndale Garden Club is sponsoring a bus trip to the well-known Philadelphia Flower Show on Friday, March 13. The cost is $25. Some openings are available. Call Cindy Schneider, 768-1651 or Irma Holland, 761-6759, for details.
Did you know that periodically, libraries need to make room for new material and offer older titles for sale at a nominal price? Books, magazines, cassettes, media kits and framed art are available on the "For Sale" cart at the local Linthicum library. This is a great opportunityto take home a library book or other item at a bargain price.