Ellicott City May Arts Festival: something for everyone ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

NEIGHBORS

May 03, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

On Saturday, Historic Ellicott City will come alive with fine music and art during the Ellicott City May Arts Festival. Let me tell you about all the goodies that have been planned.

First, the art: an outdoor juried fine arts exhibit and sale will take place in Tiber Alley and in the space in front of P. J.'s restaurant. The artwork was carefully selected by juror and local artist Tatiana, from Glenelg.

Entertainment tents at the head and foot of Main Street will offer space for performers, including traditional American musician Bruce Hutton, the band Baltimore Brass Works, entertainer Alden Phelps and troupe, Paradise Club Minstrels and the Downtown Rhythm Express.

Events for the kids include Olive Garden restaurant's demonstration on creating art with pasta and Future Kids' demonstration on computer art. Both events are hands-on for the children and allow them to create a work of art for your home refrigerator.

Ellicott City shops will display hanging flower baskets to enter the flower basket contest. County Executive Charles I. Ecker will be a judge; prizes will be awarded Saturday.

Festival admission is free. A trolley will shuttle festival attenders to and from the George Howard Building on Court House Drive. People are urged to use that large lot rather than count on parking in downtown Ellicott City.

The Ellicott City business community, Howard County Tourism Council, Howard County Arts Council, and New Arts Alliance are sponsoring this fun event. Come and enjoy a beautiful spring day, the arts, and a wonderful old town.

For further information, call Margaret Smith at 461-0870.

Organizers held a children's poster contest to prepare for the May Arts Fest.

More than 300 children, all third-graders from Thunder Hill Elementary, Worthington Elementary and Northfield Elementary entered their best art. First prize went to Megan Koskovich from Worthington Elementary; second prize to Nikki Renee Bergling from Northfield Elementary; and third prize to Steve Li from Northfield Elementary.

Congratulations to the winners, who will receive a gift certificate from art and school supply store Chaselle.

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In January 1991, Frank Bell of St. John's Evangelical Church had been unemployed for several months, and with his church started an eight-week support group for people, like himself, who had recently lost their jobs. Mr. Bell found a job three weeks later and left the area to work in Montana.

Enter Laura Clay, who was asked to take Mr. Bell's place and coordinate the group for just five weeks. Thirty months later, Laura is still at it. The recession hasn't disappeared, and her leadership is still needed.

Tomorrow from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. will see the monthly meeting of Shoulder to Shoulder, the support group Laura formed to help spouses and companions cope with changes attendant to their loved ones' job loss. There will be a pot of fresh coffee and, more importantly, sympathetic people who are experiencing a similar life situation. This is the place to have a heart-to-heart chat. A family counselor is on hand at every meeting to guide the discussion. The group meets at the church, at Route 108 and Old Montgomery Road in Ellicott City.

An additional help to the unemployed is the Job Club, the support group for the dislocated worker, which meets every Thursday morning at 11:30. Guest speakers or group discussions give tips on such concerns as job search techniques, followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. A free-will offering will help defray the cost of the food.

For more information about either support group, call Laura Clay at her home, 461-5064 or call the church at 799-8888.

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The Howard County Historical Society in Ellicott City owns a museum with an extensive collection of artifacts. Museum director Sarah Schmidt, who has been with the Historical Society since February, is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks important to the maintenance and development of the museum. She needs people to be docents on Tuesdays and Saturdays. She also is looking for people to assist her in planning programs and in cataloging materials.

An event planned for May is an exhibit of Florence Bahr's extensive doll collection. Dates will be announced later in the month.

In addition, Historical Society librarian Mary Mannix is looking for volunteer help in updating the vertical file and in helping researchers find what they need during open hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Volunteer hours are flexible and the staff will work with you if you can offer them a bit of your time. Call 461-1050 for more information.

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Lisa Hickman, an Ellicott City resident and a junior at Mount Hebron High School, was honored with the 1993 Philena Chase Strappelli Leadership award at a breakfast ceremony April 14. The award, which offers financial assistance to the Scout, is given for achievements in leadership, community service, and personal development.

Lisa volunteers her time in Girl Scout activities and also works as a candy-striper at local hospitals. Her award will enable her to attend a nationwide Girl Scout function in Houston.

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Frogs, flowers, firemen and feminine forms are featured in this year's Watercolor '93 exhibits at the Margaret Smith Gallery, 8090 Main St., in Historic Ellicott City. Paintings by more than 20 members of the Baltimore Watercolor Society were chosen by a jury for this show. The talent in the BWS is extraordinary and the selection was difficult. Show dates are May 6 to June 13 with a reception Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the Ellicott City May Arts Festival. For directions, call 461-0870.

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