Tra, la, 'tis almost May, the lusty month of May, that darlin month when everyone goes blissfully astray . . . with apologies to Rogers and Hammerstein.
Maybe in Camelot knights went blissfully astray. Here in Savage, we just go astray.
This is such a schizophrenic month. When I want to do nothing other than to look at the sky and daydream, I see the gutters need to be repaired. So, do I, like the responsible ant in the fable, repair the gutters, or like the grasshopper, laze away the sunny afternoons?
The ambivalence I feel is echoed in the May Day celebrations: do we dance around a Maypole, or celebrate International Day of the Worker? I don't think my decision will surprise anyone.
Guilford Elementary's PTA is sponsoring a Spring Fair tomorrow afternoon. The event will include games and bake sales, a silent auction, a plant sale and prizes.
Tickets for the individual events are five for $1 in advance, four for $1 at the fair.
Come see fire trucks up close, get your face painted, meet the Oriole Bird, then return home with bedding plants and Sunday's breakfast cake. The school's address is 7335 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Call Debbie Roth at (301) 596-2161 for more details.
The ever-popular Drop-In Story Time returns to the Savage Library. Preschoolers from 3 to 5 years old are cordially invited Thursday from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a delightful literary soiree.
Dress is feety pajamas, or equally informal attire. Just drop in. Call Laura Capano at (410) 880-5978 for details and directions.
While at the Savage branch, check out the display of Hopi Katchina dancing figures in the large showcase near the children's section. It's impressive.
The Howard County chapter of the Sierra Club with the county Department of Recreation and Parks, the Maryland Wetlands Committee and the Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund are sponsoring a cleanup of the Middle Patuxent River on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If you missed Earth Day, this is your change to help the environment and protect a fragile ecosystem. Do your part to help the great blue herons.
Meet at the Gorman Area Park on Kindler Road, off Gorman Road. Bring wheelbarrows, gloves, rakes, friends and drinking water. The sponsors will provide trash bags and projects.
Call the Sierra Club for more details at (410) 531-6658.
Hammond Middle School is holding orientation for next year's sixth-graders all month long so that students will already be familiar with the building and some of the teachers.
This year, Hammond Middle School acquires a new feeder school, the newly opened Forest Ridge Elementary. Hammond is also holding an orientation for parents of new students on May 11 at 7 p.m. The purpose is to let parents know what to expect in the middle school years, when children grow quickly into adolescence and when peer influence becomes more important.
Jim Griffin, Hammond Middle School's Science Team leader, called to announce the winners of the Earth Day Poster contest.
Anthony Bell won in the sixth-grade category, Kaite McGuigan in the seventh-grade category and Davin Mam in the eighth-grade category. Anne Lee won the grand prize.
Each of these fine artists is richer by a $50 savings bond, courtesy of Citizens Bank, which has formed a partnership with the school.
These posters and all the others made during April are brightening the walls of the school. Mr. Griffin also noted that sixth-grader Jennifer K. Thomas' project was displayed at the county science fair recently.
Congratulations to all.
In other news from Hammond, Pat Greenwald, the Gifted and Talented teacher, called to remind me of the program's Type III fair, set for May 26 at 7 p.m. at the school.
Among the students who will report on their projects is Jennie Thomas, a sixth-grader.
After reading an article in The Sun last year about a Baltimore school that needed books, she organized a book drive and fund-raising effort. She wrote letters to sports teams and elected officials, asking for books or donations.
Jennie got a resounding response, including books sent by state Sen. Thomas M. Yeager. She's also collected more than $200 to purchase new books.
Jennie not only identified the problem, and researched a solution, she also implemented it, choosing the books to be purchased.
In about two weeks, Jennie will receive the books she's ordered from Iowa, and she and her mother will deliver them to James McHenry School.
The Savage Homemakers hold their monthly meeting May 13 at 11 a.m. in Carroll Baldwin Hall. This month's hostesses are Genevieve Suter and Virginia Axley, and the theme is Total Image.
Everyone is welcome to attend this fun and informative meeting. The homemakers also will be represented this weekend at the Howard County Sheep and Wool festival, held at the county fairgrounds.
The Maryland Association for Family and Community Education, the formal name of the extension service's homemaker program, will staff a booth with homemade cakes and goodies.
If you're at the sheep fair this weekend, stop by the booth for some wonderful goodies to take home.