What this town needs is a good snowfall GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

January 13, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

Doesn't it ever snow in this town? I don't mean the minute amount of frozen precipitation needed to cement the windshield wiper to glass. I mean really, really snow.

It's not that I actually like snow. Frankly, it's one of those seasonal things that gets old pretty fast -- like the plastic grass in Easter baskets. But even I have to admit that a Monday morning snow is a perfect antidote to the post-holiday-what's-the-minimum-balance-due-on-the VISA blues.

We don't need a great deal of snow -- just enough to cover up the fact that the grass could have been cut perhaps one more time last fall.

Part of the problem is that we're always promised snow and then left waiting at the altar, so to speak. We have Norm and Bob and 24 hours of those annoying Weather Channel people, waving at charts and satellite trackings, earnestly promising us 4 to 6 inches and then delivering nature's version of a minor case of dandruff.

I want the clock radio to go off at 6:14 one Monday morning and hear the radio guy announce "Anne Arundel County schools -- closed," and feel a twinge of community pride.

I want my husband to get some use out of that four-wheel-drive truck that he had to purchase because he remembers clearly the blizzard of '83. To wave him on as he goes off on a dangerous mission to the 7-Eleven in search of Funyuns and Coca-Cola Classic.

I want to have a "how we survived the big snow" story to share when visiting friends and relatives in Towson and other points north of the snow-rain line.

And then, at 8:30 Monday evening, I want a warm front to rush in from Bermuda and melt it all.

Good luck finding those boots, Glen Burnie.

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Imagine this -- you pull into the driveway after having a total make-over and photo shoot at Bedazzled at Marley Station Mall. Unlocking the front door, you pause to reflect on your new American and Maryland flags whipping in the breeze. As you enter the foyer, you adjust the 16-by-20 framed print of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Suddenly you hear your new clock-radio-phone start to ring. It's your spouse inviting you to dinner and an evening of frolic at the Holiday Inn North, complete with candy and flowers to woo your heart.

All this is possible if you attend the Glen Burnie Band Parents Association's auction Friday night in the school's cafeteria, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Admission is $2. Tickets can be purchased in advance from band members or at the door.

A silent auction begins at 7 p.m., with the live auction scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. Dozens of items are available for bidding, including dinner for two on The Spirit of Baltimore; a copy of "We The People," autographed by Sen. Barbara Mikulski; eight landscape prints donated by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

Cash, checks, VISA or Mastercard will be accepted.

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the band's general fund, which supports an annual operating budget of $8,600. This year the musicians, poms and flags are raising money to attend the Orlando Band Fest in April.

For ticket information, call Donna Ferrara, 766-8066.

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Anyone who has been practicing the Achy Breaky Heart dance in front of the television will have a chance to shuffle, cross and touch their toes at a Country Hoedown, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road.

Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of Post 160, bib overalls, straw hats and gingham are suggested attire, according to chairwoman Cindy Shawver.

Proceeds from the dance will benefit cancer research and support.

The $13 admission includes dinner, served from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., beer, setups and dancing to music provided by a disc jockey from "Over The Rainbow."

Call 766-9802 for ticket information.

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Glen Burnie High School's dance teacher, Dianne Rosso, has reason to be proud of her students. Her dance company has been selected to perform in the National Dance Gala on March 27 in Washington. Glen Burnie is one of only two high schools in the country selected to perform with several college dance companies.

Residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the talents of Rosso's dancers when the GBHS Dance Touring Company performs Saturday at Marley Station Mall. Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the mall's center court.

The dancers will present "Dance Is" and will display their skills at a variety of dance styles, including classical and modern ballet, lyric, abstract modern, jazz, tap and street dance.

Members of the touring company are: Val Baker, Christine Downin, Danielle Fracalossi, Dezi Jim, Stephanie LeCompte, Tina Long, Ossai Miazad, Lisa Richmond, Jaime Smith and Cara Thomas.

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