Widic gets in the sing of things

November 01, 1992|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

By day, Mary K. Widic, 38, manages three bowling alleys for Bowl America -- two in Anne Arundel County and one in Reisterstown in Baltimore County.

But by night, she's an aspiring country-western singing star.

"I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland," she says. "A country girl. I always sang."

Her friends liken her to Tanya Tucker or Patsy Cline.

"She has the twang," said Lisa Kerfoot, who has been to several of her friend's performances. "She does a real good Patsy Cline. She's good. She really is. She has a lot of power behind her voice."

Widic loves to bowl -- she's in two tenpin leagues -- but she admits to being more adept with a microphone in her hand than a bowling ball. Her average is 129, her high game 187.

From the time she was 10 growing up in Berlin, near Salisbury, Widic has been singing. She sang for her church, then sang in a choir at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a bachelor's degree in business.

But recently she's been trying hard to break into the country music business. She's sending her homemade recording tapes to various production companies. She's got an agent. In fact, she's got a contract to record a jingle for the town government in Jefferson City, Mo.

A few months ago, she drove to Nashville to try out for a talent-search show on the TNN network. She sang two songs, played guitar and felt a lot more relaxed and confident than on a previous foray to the capital of country music.

The show's host told her she did well, and she's waiting to hear back. If she makes the show, she has a chance to win $50,000.

Meanwhile, when Widic's not helping solve problems at her three bowling centers, you might find her at a local bar, belting out a Patsy Cline favorite, her $1,300 music machine her only backup -- like this weekend, when she sang at a little place in Bowie.

"It's a real dive," she said, laughing. "But what the heck. I have friends in low places."

In the future, Widic would like to form a band and get some work singing, maybe get lucky and make it big. The folks who hear her sing give her a lift, she says. "That's what keeps you going -- when people believe in you."

World duckpin record

A three-woman team bowling in a league at Edgemere Bowl has set a world duckpin record for a three-game team score. Sharon L. Hartley, Chris Biondo and Toni Crunkleton set the record set on Oct. 13 with a 1,374, with each woman averaging over 143 for the night.

The previous record holder? Well, that was the same trio of women, who shot a 1,366 a few years ago, said Harry A. Smith, executive director of the National Duckpin Bowling Congress.

"Here they broke their own record again," Smith said. "It's like I'll have to get a ditto sheet made up for them."

State's top senior woman

Kay Porter, 75, who bowls at Towson Fair Lanes, took the top prize in the Maryland State Women's Bowling Association Ladies Seniors tournament at White Oak Lanes in Cumberland last weekend.

She averaged 197 over six games to beat out 64 other bowlers over age 70, qualifying her for competition in the National Seniors Tournament, which will be May 8-9 in Tulsa, Okla.

You can reach Glenn Small by writing to The Sun, 401 Washington Ave., Towson, 21204, or by calling (410) 296-0080. His fax number is (410) 823-1439.

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