Thankful for a child's view NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NEIGHBORS

November 25, 1992|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Hints of Thanksgiving arrived at our house weeks ago in my son's kindergarten bag. First, a traced-hand turkey with rainbow finger feathers came to roost. Then a stuffed paper bag turkey hopped out of the bag into our living room.

The Indians came home, too. Moccasins, succotash, wampum -- strange Indian words entered our speech. And our reading. And our play, as my son's paper canoe floated over the kitchen floor. Lego Indians rode an aluminum-foil canoe in the bathtub.

At school, pillow cases became Indian shirts stenciled Indian-style with buffalo, mountains, water. Corn husks became feathers. Macaroni became wampum.

On Monday, the kids prepared a real Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey, cranberry sauce, pie and corn bread all were made in the classroom.

Count 150 cooks in the kitchen with their patient teachers.

On Tuesday, each child chose to dress as a Pilgrim or an Indian. The feast was shared. The costumes came home for more weeks of play.

Thanksgiving, at least for these children and their parents, has been unfolding, one tradition at a time, for a month at Spring Garden Elementary.

It wasn't lost between the jack-o'-lanterns and the reindeer.

For that, I'm thankful.

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"Some amazing stuff is brought in" to the annual Arts and Crafts Show sponsored by the Auxiliary of the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company, says organizer Hannah Stevens. Everything by the 56 vendors is handmade, from jewelry, ceramics and preserves to child-sized furniture.

Stop in at the show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fire Hall, 1341 N. Main St. The Auxiliary will open a small cafe so folks can chat around the coffee pot.

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Holiday melodies will fill the sanctuary of St. John's United Methodist Church on Dec. 8. At 1 p.m., the Concert Choir of North Carroll High School will sing the annual Christmas Concert sponsored by the Women's Club of Hampstead. "They're top of the line," says Ruth Foster, Women's Club publicity chairman, about the choir. "They could perform in New York."

It's approaching a 20-year tradition for the Women's Club to host the concert. Every year, the Women's Club invites senior citizens clubs of Hampstead and Manchester to come. Community members are welcome, too.

The Women's Club also has invited Bette O'Donnell, president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs' Western District, and Barbara Annunari, president of the GFWC Maryland Federation, with their officers, to attend.

Women's Club members will hold a brief business meeting at 12:15 p.m. and proceed to the concert at 1 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

Afterward, the audience mixes with the chorus while everyone samples cookies, nuts and candy in the church meeting room.

"The kids love our homemade cookies," says Mrs. Foster. "We never have too many left over."

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Mention "Goldwyn Girls" at the North Carroll Senior Center and everyone remembers a good time. The Goldwyn Girls "are the older, more mature chorus girls," comments Fran Barnes, who enjoys their act.

Folks from the North Carroll Center in Greenmount plan to see them again at the Crystal Palace Ballroom in the Brandywine Valley.

A five-course chicken or beef dinner is served, but the variety show is what folks remember best. The "Olde Time Christmas Show" includes Las Vegas Show Girls, comedy scenes by seasoned actors over age 50, and the Goldwyn Girls.

Call the center at 239-6400 before Monday if you want to go. The comedy, sing-along and dinner, with bus transportation, costs $39. They'll leave the center at 8 a.m. and return by 5 p.m. on Dec. 12.

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Join other teens for Rec Night at North Carroll Middle School on Dec. 4. The fun lasts from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and it only costs beans.

The pantry at North East Social Action Program needs non-perishables. The seventh and eighth grades want to help -- and play while they're at it. Just lob three cans of green beans or fruit into the basket, or fork over $2, and you're in for the night of fun. The pantry will benefit.

This is the second rec night by the two middle school grades. Last month, when 325 students paid with school supplies to play games, they created a mountain that weighed 1,500 pounds. The supplies were sent to the hurricane-ravaged South Miami Middle School in Florida.

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Michelle Hieronimous plans to dance through December. Her performance dance company, All That Glitters, takes its Christmas show on tour next week. The 19-member company gives 30-minute shows, free, to nursing homes, at shopping malls and area events.

Mrs. Hieronimous has taught dance through the North Carroll Recreation Council for about nine years. The program uses two full-scale dance studios in rented space above the Manchester Fire Hall.

All That Glitters is created from the Rec Council program. "Anyone who wants to, who can give the extra time," is welcome in the company, from age 8 (intermediate level) to adult. "It gives kids a chance to dance," says Mrs. Hieronimous, "and it gives the rec council program some exposure."

The show is done in costume. "We don't have a dressing area, so we just switch" from white tutu to Santa hat to red chiffon skirt, all coordinated with the dance group's red leotards.

Their first performance will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Cranberry Mall. In North Carroll, they'll be at the Manchester Town Hall at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20 to coincide with a children's program; and at the North Carroll Senior Citizen Center in Greenmount Dec. 29 at 1:15 p.m.

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