Excitement is busting out all over NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE



What is so rare as a day in June? I take issue with Shakespeare's quote. After all, there are 30 days in June, same as in half the months. Now if he had said, "What is so rare as a day in February?" I might agree. You can see I wasn't an English major.

What is rare about June, and fine and good is Savage Fest. This family oriented two-day extravaganza of shows, games, parades, crafts and food will be held this weekend at Foundry and Baltimore streets in Savage.

Now, I used to be suspicious of anything with the word family in the title, because it usually meant "tolerable for toddlers, all others beware your sanity." But the organizers of Savage Fest have converted me. They have ensured that there is something of interest for all age groups, from costumed characters for the toddlers to a car show for adults.

Savage Fest kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m. with a parade sponsored by the Savage Volunteer Fire Department. This year's parade theme is Community Conservation and Recycling.

Terry Young, a local figure most often spotted collecting aluminum cans for recycling, is the grand marshal.

Some of the activities and attractions at the festival have attained the status of tradition. For the third year now, there will be a full-size musical carousel, sponsored this year by the Stanford Co. There will be continuous entertainment on stage, some professional, some amateur.

Ma's Kettle restaurant, an attraction in its own right (come see the bar stools), and the local Subway are supporting the entertainment. Local favorites Kenny Laurer and the Country Breeze and Coyote are scheduled to perform Saturday. Coyote has opened for country music headliners Diamond Rio, Hal Ketchum and Arron Tippon.

On a different note, Elvis impersonator Frenchy and the Heartthrobs Band will perform a Tribute to Elvis on Sunday.

No one has forgotten entertainment for the younger set, either. Kenny Curtis from the Fox 45 Kid's Clubhouse will appear Saturday at 1:30 p.m., as will everyone's favorite purple dinosaur, Big Bird, the Cookie Monster and Subman.

La Maison de la Danse and the Bollman Bridge Elementary Rhythm and Dance club also take to the stage to demonstrate their skills. Other activities and performances include country soloist Misty, the Savage United Methodist's annual strawberry festival Saturday, a car show sponsored by Owens Corning Fiberglass on Sunday, line dancing demonstrations and lessons, face painting, inexpensive carnival games, sand art booths, spin art tables and more than 100 craft and artists' booths.

Come to the Savage Fest. After all, what is so rare as a day in June?


Laurel Woods Elementary holds its last PTA meeting of the year on Wednesday at the school. The fifth-grade class will present a Wild West theme concert for the parents.

The PTA will regretfully bid good-bye to the parents of the fifth-graders whose talents and energy contributed so much of lasting value to the school.

Carolyn Dick, Connie Malone, Sally Eberhardt, Nancy Wilson and Cathy Whitelock are all active parents whose efforts will be especially missed by everyone in Laurel Woods.


While at Laurel Woods, check out the two tile panels near the entrance. These 4-foot-by-4-foot multicolored panels are the handiwork of artist-in-residence Hunt Prothro and 35 Laurel Woods third-graders.

One panel depicts prehistoric life (a popular theme). The other panel shows children from different cultures playing games.

The third-grade artists researched the skeletal structures of the dinosaurs, and chose both the theme of the multicultural panel, and the games portrayed. The artists all signed their names on the wooden frame of the panels, which will decorate Laurel Woods permanently.


The Sun for Howard County, my estimable employer, is sponsoring the library's summer reading game.

As usual, there are separate games for preschoolers, children and for young adults, all with themes about newspapers and The Sun. Children who finish the game by Aug. 28 receive a certificate suitable for framing, a prize and a letter to their school.

Participants who finish the game are invited to a pizza party and movie in the library and get their name in the paper.

The librarians have a friendly competition going, to see how many enroll, how many finish early, comparing this with how many people use that branch. Help your library branch look good, enroll early and tell the librarians when you finish.


One of the more unusual services the Howard County Library supplies is a storyteller who will visit registered family day care homes.

The storyteller visits every other week during the school year and reads aloud, sings, recites finger plays and conducts other activities related to the theme of the day.

In addition, the storyteller leaves the day care provider a collection of books and suggested activities to use between visits. This can be a godsend in early February when most outdoor activities have to be curtailed.

Call Susan Morris, early childhood specialist, at (410) 313-7837 for more information.

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