So what do you do for fun in Glen Burnie?
Recently, the responsibility of coordinating the entertainment for some visiting relatives forced me to evaluate my somewhat limited social life. I also had the chance to again lament the fact that I'm the oldest in the family andI always get stuck with this.
What to do, what to do?
Would my dad enjoy an evening at ChuckE. Cheese? I had a mental image of him in his Ralph Lauren polo shirt holding his Eddie Bauer sunglasses over his head, surrounded by small children hyped beyond all semblance of control on a combination oforegano, yeast and caffeine. I don't think so.
A friend suggestedthat I take him to one of Glen Burnie's infamous bingo games -- a good time for only a few bucks. After conferring with my sister, we decided that the possibility that he would become addicted to the game and squander our inheritance was reason enough to decide against that idea.
(I was also concerned that he would end up in the Police beat section of the Anne Arundel County Sun: An unidentified man was arrested last night for disturbing the peace outside the Glen Burnie Improvement Association's weekly bingo game. Police were called when thesuspect disrupted the games yelling, "What do you mean you don't take American Express! It's a Gold Card!")
Another friend suggested taking him to L.A.'s, one of Glen Burnie's most popular nightclubs. I've driven by the club several times and checked out the people waiting to get in. Everyone in line -- men and women -- had major hair, sculpted with a variety of gels, mousses and sprays. Frankly, I just don't think I have enough hair to go to a place like that.
We finallywent out to dinner at a nice little restaurant. Not very original, but fun.
The result was that Dad went home without pizza stains on his shirt, he got to use his American Express to pay for dinner (although I think he is planning to deduct me as a business expense), and I'm confident that my inheritance is safe -- both the blender and theChia pet.
Never let it be said that Glen Burnie isn't a happeningplace.
Anyone looking for a good time should note that New York City will move to Dorsey Road for the weekend when Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School brings "Manhattan After Dark" to town.
Oneof Slade's most successful fund-raisers, MAD offers entertainment for every taste -- Top 40 hits by Cry Monday, country and western musicby the New Early Sunrise Band, the big band sounds of Wolftrap and golden oldies spun on platters by Murph The Music Man. Popular comic Andre Browne is returning to the Comedy Club.
Principal Janice McIntosh explained that the school will be transformed this weekend into five different areas of entertainment.
"The auditorium will be divided in two rooms. At one end is a stage where they'll play Top-40 music. When they go on break, a big band will play at the stage on the other end," said McIntosh. "Down in the cafeteria, one end is a restaurant and at the other end there is a disc jockey who plays golden oldies. The workers in that area will be dressed in poodle skirts and other '50s attire."
A country and western room, a comedy club and The Big Apple Casino round out the package.
According to McIntosh, MAD attracts a variety of patrons looking for an affordable evening out. Admission is $8 for Friday night and $9 Saturday.
KC's Diner is a full-service eatery with a '50s feel, and the Cafe Viennese will serve international coffee and pastries. Snacks and drinks will also be available at convenient locations throughout the school.
A portion of the money raised by MAD will be used on the computer lab. The school has added several new computers obtained through the Giant Food receipt program, and the renovation of the lab is a priority.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the school office at 766-7130 or 987-9823.
Lynn Cegelski spends a lot of time wading in Sawmill Creek, but for a very good cause.
This Glen Burnie environmentalist is working toward a cleaner world for herself and her children. And to achieve that goal she works as a streammonitor for the Alliance With The Chesapeake Bay, serves on the board of the Saw Mill Creek Watershed Association and is spending this Saturday planting trees at Sawmill Creek Park with Maryland Save Our Streams.
Living in the watershed area surrounding the creek has helped to make Cegelski more aware of the impact pollution has made on our natural resources.
"I started with the Alliance With The Chesapeake Bay as a stream monitor, but their financing ran out as a state-funded program. Now the citizens have taken over. There are five or six of us who still monitor the streams," explained Cegelski. "We go tothe creek once a week and take water samples, which we hand in to the (Department of Natural Resources)."