Fifty-four years ago, a small group of Linthicum women got together and formed the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, Inc. to take an active role in the community.
Within a very short time the group joined with the Maryland and the General Federation of Women's Clubs.
In the early years the women saw a need for certain services in the community. Some of their major accomplishments were establishing the original library and Community Health Center in Linthicum. They were also instrumental in starting the first kindergarten and the Linthicum Elementary School library.
The nonprofit Woman's Club continues to make its presence felt in the areas of education, community beautification, legislation, the arts and charitable causes.
In addition to community good deeds, the volunteers plan interesting and entertaining programs for their monthly club meetings and committee meetings.
The Woman's Club functions through a number of committees that cover everything from music and education to international affairs and volunteer services.
The Music Committee initiated a program of quality entertainment for North County 13 years ago, when it organized the summer concert series in Linthicum Park. The committee continues to select and schedule the groups and provide refreshments for the artists. It helped create the concert series of the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum (PAAL), which is about to begin its 12th season.
The Beautification and Garden Committee has planted flowers and shrubs in the triangles entering the community, maintained the Community Garden at Maple and Camp Meade roads, and helped with the gardens at the historical Benson-Hammond House. Its members also contributed to the erection and landscaping of a "Welcome to Linthicum" sign. Three times a year a small group of women clean up the debris along a section of Camp Meade Road as a part of the Governor's Adopt-a-Highway Program.
The club contributes financially and personally to needy and abused families and others through the Community Health and Volunteer Services Committee. Money raised from the annual Prayer Breakfast in March goes toward this endeavor.
Each year the Public Affairs Committee sponsors a forum for political candidates and ballot questions. They also ask area churches to ring their bells on Constitution Day and encourage neighbors to fly their American flags.
The Scholarship and Education Committee is involved with our youth from day care through high school.
The committees are also responsible for sponsoring trips, workshops, book reviews and evening events.
Members volunteer as docents at the Benson-Hammond House, help with the community Christmas tree lighting and support a scout with his Eagle Scout project.
Club members meet on the second Tuesday of the month at their clubhouse on Hammonds Ferry Road. A short business meeting at 10:30 a.m. is followed by a morning program, lunch and afternoon program.
For information on membership, please call Celeste Riddle at 859-0606.
The band Nightwatch will appear in the last of a series of free summer concerts at 6 p.m. on Sunday in Linthicum Park on Benton Avenue. The popular local group will entertain with a variety of music from Top 40 to classic rock 'n' roll.
Bring chairs or blankets for seating and a picnic supper if you wish. The concert will be canceled in the event of rain.
The Concerts in the Park series is sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights with support from the county Commission on Culture and the Arts and Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program, Linthicum Shipley Improvement Association, Crestwood Improvement Association, Performing Arts Association of Linthicum (PAAL) and Lions Club.
Linthicum Park is on Benton Avenue off Route 170 (Camp Meade Road).
For information, call 859-3308 or 789-7546.
It's called the "Gizmo," and it's delicious -- a chocolate and ice cream flavored snowball.
The "Gizmo" is one of the newest flavor combinations at the St. Philip Neri snowball stand, tucked in the back parking lot behind the rectory.
"It's my favorite flavor," said Dan Cortina, a student at Cardinal Gibbons High School.
That should come as no surprise. Dan concocted the flavor while working at the stand.
His fellow workers, Adam Marshall and Tim Nolan, said they were partial to other flavors like blueberry and skylight. Adam and Tim attend Mount St. Joseph High School.
The Gizmo appealed to me, but if you feel a little more adventurous, why not try a T-Rex or Triceratops?
Frosty snowballs have been very popular during the hot spell. "Lines are long in the evening, but we move quickly and do double time," Tim said.
"Some adults stop by in the evening to check on us and they pitch in and help," remarked Adam. "We teach them what to do."
The snowball stand is open daily from noon to 9 p.m. Choose from 44 flavors, including four diet ones. Four sizes are available.
Proceeds benefit the education of the children in the parish school and religion classes.