First snowdrop must mean spring is just around the corner

NEIGHBORS

March 04, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Can spring be far behind? I've seen my first snowdrop!

Even for indifferent gardeners, such as yours truly, there comes a smug satisfaction from seeing the spring bulbs pop up into blossom.

While others picnicked in the golden leaves last autumn, we knelt in the dirt to plant things that looked like misshapen garlic.

Our knees got wet, our backs ached, and we found tree roots anywhere we dug. What a tedious way to spend a glorious September day!

But now, four months later, the snowdrops peep through the ice, and our autumn labor is justified. It can't be too long until the daffodils appear!

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This is the last weekend in which to see Hammond High's production of "The Sound of Music." We went last week and were utterly enchanted by the adventures of feisty Maria and stalwart Captain Von Trapp.

The audience, including your humble columnist, had no notion that this excellence was achieved in spite of the weather: 14 rehearsals were canceled due to snow, ice or just icky weather.

Josselyn Essey, in the role of Maria, carried most of the songs.

Heather Perkins was an entirely believable Mother Superior (I used to be taught by nuns; she was fantastic); Julie Schroder, who played Leisel, the eldest daughter, and Brad Gray, Jenny Cartney, Clayton Paulding, Angela Pipitone, Kerri Whitman, Elisa Mundis and Shoshannah Beck as the rest of the playful Von Trapp children, bickered beautifully but sang like angels.

Ian Kennedy played Captain Von Trapp, barely escaping the clutches of Courtney Adams, as the glamorous Contessa.

Matt Gates was entirely too believable as Max, the music promoter. I'm not playing poker with him, ever!

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The audience only sees what is in front of the footlights, but there is more to a production of this size than the main cast.

Andrew Wiles, a student, designed and built the set. It consisted of six movable arches, painted to look like marble on one side and stone on the other.

The stage crew, under the direction of Kathy Freely, silently moved these arches between scenes to suggest the cloisters of the abbey, a gazebo in the garden, or the ballroom of the Von Trapp Mansion.

Hammond High has a history of former drama members returning to lend a hand to current productions.

Mr. Wiles got help and direction from Eddy Pierce, a Hammond graduate currently studing in the Master's of Fine Arts program at Ohio University. Robert Greiner, another alumnus, also returned during Christmas break to help build the sets.

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Madonna Bradley costumed this production. Dwayne Smith was the vocal director. Ron Bowman conducted the pit band. Johnathan Winkles designed the lights.

Erin Cohen balanced the sound system and Ron Baker, who teaches math at Howard Community College in his real life, choreographed the stately nuns and the carefree dancers at the ball.

Tickets are available for the two remaining shows. They are $6 at the door for an enjoyable evening of live music and dancing. Performances are tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m.

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The North Laurel Civic Association plans an Easter Egg Hunt for this year. Debbie O'Neal has volunteered to co-ordinate this year's hunt. While she will be working with the county to run the hunt, she could use a little help.

Call her at 490-0427 to volunteer as an auxiliary Easter Bunny. Hop to it!

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Wondering what to do with that moldy mattress? Do you have broken furniture that Goodwill refuses to accept?

Well, the Howard County Government will pick up bulk trash for North Laurel residents on April 20 and June 29.

Call the county at (410) 313-2388, tell them what you want picked up and give them your address.

The county may no longer offer free trash pickup after June, so get your weird gear out of the house soon.

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It's that time of month again, when Laurel Lunking and Jean Salkind of the Savage Library read bedtime stories to preschoolers.

The next session is scheduled for March 10, from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Parents are cordially invited to browse thought the adult collections while the little darlings are listening to seasonal tales in the story room.

The dress code for this gala occasion allows youngsters to show off their newest pajamas.

Call the Savage branch at (410) 880-5978 for more details.

The other branches of the Howard County Library system also hold monthly bedtime stories. Call the Elkridge branch at (410) 313-5085 for details.

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There is continuing interest in the Laurel area stadium proposal. Citizens Against the Stadium, a local group, plans to attend a rally at Lawyers Mall, Annapolis March 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Call (301) 725-3665 for more details about this rally.

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Shelly Binder, Seth Kusnetz and David Yorzinski, students at Bollman Bridge Elementary were selected to be in the Howard County Elementary Band.

Timmy Carter also represented BBES at the auditions.

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BBES also sponsors a Sock Hop tonight, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. complete with a Disc Jockey playing popular golden oldies.

There will be games available for the younger, non-dancing set, as well as socializing for parents (or chauffeurs).

The Parent Teacher Association will award prizes to everyone who comes in '50s-style clothing.

Admission is $1 per person, those under 5 or over 60 are free, and refreshments will be served.

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