The skies may not have been clear all day and the heavens may have opened up with a little rain, but that did not take the shine off Crofton's annual arts and craft fair.
People came to look at the crafts for sale and walked away with quite a few bargains in the process.
Boy Scout Troop 758 started the day early, firing up the grill toget the chicken cooked on time for those of us who know -- or shouldI say, smell -- a good deal.
It's just not springtime in Crofton without the Crofton Athletic Council's baseball opening day parade.
Marchers will step off at 9 a.m. in front of the Crofton Country Club, off Crofton Parkway.
The parade will feature baseball players from the ages of 4 to 15. The kids will march in teams with uniforms and banners displaying their team name.
Spectators are urged to line the parkway between the Crofton Elementary School and the country club and cheer the kids, the fire trucks and the Arundel High School Marching Band.
Baseball commissioner Mike Reinecke is still looking for someone to run the CAC concession stand at Crofton Park. If volunteers do not step forward, the stand will remain closed and the baseball program will lose a very important fund-raiser.
If you can help out, please call Mike at 261-6819.
With all this talk of baseball, I know this next bit of information will seem just a little out of place: It's time for soccer once again.
For the second consecutive year, Mark Mettrick of the Baltimore Blast and Tim Wittman of the San Diego Soccers will conduct a soccer camp in Crofton.
The camp will run July 6-10 at Crofton Park, off Route 424.
Camphours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Boys and girls, ages 6 years and older, are welcome. The camp will cost $80, which includes a soccer ball and camp T-shirt. Families with more than one camper may deduct $10 for each additional camper.
To get a registration form, call Crofton Soccer Commissioner Dave Haller at 261-0196.
St. Paul's LutheranChurch, Route 450 near Route 424, will hold its rummage sale Friday,from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call Dorothy Holston at 721-3145.
The Bowie-Crofton Garden Club will meet tonight at 7:30 at Bowie City Hall.
Charles Hanners will discuss the selection, planting and cultivation of azaleas. Visitors are invited to the meetings, held the last Tuesday of each month.
A plant exchange and door prize drawing are held after each meeting.
For more information, call Art Auer, 262-4517.
How do you measure success?
Visualize a paper chain of almost 50,000 links stretching along Ritchie Highway from Arnold to Earleigh Heights. Each link in the chainrepresents a book read.
That's how young readers reacted to the challenge of the county public library system's "Link Up for Library Week" project.
The project began March 5, with children contributing one link for each book read. For the second consecutive year, SouthCounty branch in Deale created the longest chain, with more than 12,000 links. The Edgewater branch came in second, with just over 9,000 links. Crofton finished in a not-too-shabby fourth place, with 3,889 links making a chain 1,111 feet long.
The colorful paper chains are on display in the library's 14 branches though May 11, symbolizing the important link between children and books.
This year's chain was 10 times longer than last year's, when 6,000 links were collected system-wide.
Harry O'Haver will discuss the federal Americanswith Disabilities Act at the next Crofton Kiwanis Club meeting tomorrow evening at at 8 o'clock in the Kiwanis Activities room in the Crofton Country Club.
O'Haver, former club president, is a consultanton physical security and safety to federal agencies, health-care institutions and private corporations.
The Greater Crofton Newcomers Club will install its new slate of officers at its May 6 meeting.
They are: Anna O'Kelly, president; Maria Karczewska, second vicepresident; Dianne Eggert, recording secretary; Susan Berman, treasurer; and Susan Yaksh, corresponding secretary.
The club has planneda family picnic for May 17 at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.
TheMay meeting's agenda includes the election of new officers and a discussion of a workshop to make fresh flower May baskets at the Willow Oak Herb Farm.
The club also has several activity groups that meetmonthly.
Brenda Reiber, 721-3463 and Liz Milligan, 261-3159 lead the Moms and Tots group; Bunny Shealy, 261-0378, heads the book club;Barbara Backhurst, 721-9069, handles the lunch bunch; and John and Susan Yaksh, 721-3397, is in charge of couples' poker.