Polish up those white shoes Sunday and head on over to the Glen Burnie Memorial Day Parade.
Marchers step off at 2 p.m. A children's fair is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Glen Burnie Improvement Association's carnival grounds at Post Forty Road.
This year's event promises to be something special, parade chairman Joe Corcoran said.
"We're going to have the greatest parade that Glen Burnie has seen in it's history," he said.
Much of his enthusiasm stems from his coup of securing parade participants from the Boumi Temple. Twenty-three of their parade units are expected to march, including such favorites as the Camel Wheels, Flying Carpets, String Band and the Harem.
Former state Sen. Al Lipin, a World War II veteran and Silver Star recipient, will serve as the parade's grand marshal.
Special guests will be Sandra Pinkney and Don Scott of WJZ-TV.
Other parade participants include the Glen Burnie High School Band, Scout troops, veterans organizations, antique cars and fire equipment.
Parade participants in motorized vehicles will begin their route at Harundale Mall and travel east on Aquahart Road to Crain Highway. At Crain and Quarterfield Road, they will merge with the marchers and proceed north on Crain to disband at Post Forty Road.
Following the parade, Barbara Mueller will be honored for her community service with the Richard Carter Memorial Award. A familiar face in the community, Mueller runs the Glen Burnie Recreation Center, is active in the improvement association, volunteers at North Arundel Hospital and was chairwoman of the Big Glen Burnie Carnival two years in row.
"She does everything that she can for our community. She has so much spirit," Corcoran said.
Music and games for the children will round out the afternoon.
Popular disc jockey Johnny Dark and the Paddyfelds, a country-western trio, will perform at 4 p.m. Their appearance is a gift to the community from the Elks Club of Glen Burnie.
As for the possibility of inclement weather, Corcoran is quite firm:
"It can't rain on my parade."
In the midst of all the shopping that seems to be a big part of the Memorial Day weekend, let's not forget that the purpose of Memorial Day is to honor the servicemen and women who have died fighting for our rights and freedoms.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, members of VFW Post 434 in Marley and their familiar Buddy Poppies will be outside four area stores: Basics in Burwood Plaza, Basics in Old Mill, Cromwell Field's Giant and Wal-Mart at Eastpark.
The small red plastic flowers are a symbol of a nation that will not forget the sacrifices made by our veterans.
Money raised from the Buddy Poppies pays for refreshments and prizes at the monthly bingo games between patients at the Fort Howard Veterans Hospital and visiting members of the Marley post.
Holding his hands mere inches apart, Sam Shaffer confides, "I was this close to Kathleen Turner. That's all I remember."
A scoop for People magazine? Not really. Sam and his wife Jeanne recently joined fellow members of Harundale Presbyterian Church to work as extras in "Serial Mom," a John Waters movie being filmed in Baltimore.
The movie is a parody told in a docudrama style about a sweet, loving mother who feels that murder is an acceptable way to handle the problems that face her family.
Harundale was the first choice as the location for several key scenes in the film. Unfortunately it was impossible to close parts of Ritchie Highway for long periods of time during shooting, and the location was changed to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Towson.
The movie company decided to make good on its deal with the congregation by offering members roles as extras in the church scenes. That gesture saved the $3,000 donation the production company promised the church.
Last week, 150 Glen Burnie extras awoke at 5 a.m. for their shot at stardom. Fourteen hours later, an exhausted cast returned home to wait out the next several months for the film's debut.
"They filmed about six different scenes. It was a little confusing because they didn't film in sequence. But everyone was so nice. They were so patient. They didn't play 'star,' Jeanne said.
The Shaffers were seated in the front of the church during the filming, so they're very hopeful they'll make the final cut.
Pointing to Sam's shiny pate, Jeanne laughed. "They had to powder his head. I guess that means we were in the shots."
Although they didn't have any lines to recite, the couple were supposed to act shocked and angry with Turner's character.
"That was a problem. We couldn't get Sam to stop smiling at Kathleen Turner," Jeanne said.
Students at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School will spend tomorrow exploring the relationship between art and nature. "Earth Art" offers artists the opportunity to show how their work ,, is influenced and inspired by the environment.
The daylong event was coordinated by the school's director of development, Suzanne Whitmore, and art teacher and artist Pat Toth.