Ah, the Irish within us makes life interesting

NEIGHBORS

March 18, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Some post-St. Patrick's Day musings:

With a name like Sullivan, I have to be a bit Irish. Of course, I wish I'd inherited the flaming red hair, pale, creamy skin, and a lovely lilting soprano voice the stereotypes promised me.

My grandmother looked like that. But all she bequeathed me was her temper. Fortunately, that came in a dilute form. Unlike her, I didn't break my second grade teacher's arm in a dispute over when to go home, nor do I intend, at the age of 60, to swing a wet broom at the man who has the temerity to park on the section of curb I'm cleaning.

My grandmother did both with the certainty that "Right" was on her side. She figured the "Might" part was up to her.

I'm not really sorry to have inherited her temper. Being descended from a long line of battle-axes is a competitive advantage in a marital spat.

But my 2-year-old daughter shows signs of having inherited all the temper I missed. I think I'm in for some interesting times real soon now.

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Next week, the Columbia Figure Skating Club presents "Mary Poppins on Ice." The 80-plus members of the club will be joined by amateur and professional guest skaters for this performance.

Among the big production numbers planned are Uncle Albert's tea party, toys that come alive, frolicking animals at the fair and, of course, the chimney sweeps dancing over the roofs of London.

As with any stage show, there's an enormous amount of work done to present such a spectacle. For example, Brynn Harbert, a third-grader at Hammond Elementary, appears in three major TC scenes. Lora Anderson, a fifth-grader at that school, also appears in several different guises, first as an unsuccessful applicant for the post of Nanny, then as a Banker, and finally as one of the chimney sweeps toe-tapping over London.

Anna Campos, a sixth-grader at Hammond Middle School, skates the role of Jane Banks, one of the children Mary Poppins governs. In November she placed fifth overall in the South Atlantic Regional Championships held in Trenton, N.J. Last vacation, she traveled to Cape Cod to train at the Tony Kent Ice Arena. She shared ice and rink time with Nancy Kerrigan, who was there training for the Olympics.

"Mary Poppins on Ice" will be presented four times, March 26 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and March 27 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Advance tickets can be obtained at the Columbia Ice Rink, on Thunder Hill Road.

Tickets are $8 for those over 10, $6 for children 2 to 10. Under 2 are admitted free. Call (410) 730-0321 or (410) 730-0322 for more information.

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Mrs. Laric's art classes at Forest Ridge Elementary have lent the Savage Library the clay pots they made last month. These are pots and vases built up out of flattened disks of clay. The resulting container has a surface texture much like roof tiles or fish scales. It's a neat technique.

Stop by to admire the artistry and craftsmanship of fifth-graders: Janet Park, Scott Wallace, Richard Bodden, Whitney Stevens, Kris Bryan, Clint Gordon and Matt Barresi.

Fourth-graders: Maria Genovese, Ashley Sprague, Joshua Mackey and Ray Hall also have lent their pots to the library.

Chris Kevin, Amanda Leise, Andrea Colbett, Richard Delia, Katrina Koenig, Damon Curry, Jennifer Chicca and Brian Fung have their wares in the showcase too.

Check out Andrea Colbett's basket-shaped pot. Finally, note the lovely monster collage by Maureen Murphy-Ryan by the staff door. It's a charmer.

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The Savage Branch of the Howard County Library system presents "Windy Day Stories" for 6- to 8-year-olds Tuesday, March 29, from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m..

Registration opens this Tuesday, at 1 p.m. Call Laura Lunking at (410) 880-5978 to register.

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Brian Emelson, site coordinator of the Forest Ridge School Recreation Center, invites all middle and high school students to participate in Superskates Roller-hockey for a month.

There are two divisions based on age. Participants will be grouped in teams and receive individual and team awards. The sessions run on Saturday mornings beginning April 9.

Call Mr. Emelson at (410) 880-5855 for more information about this fast, action-packed sport.

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The Savage Community Association is co-sponsoring a Spring Egg Hunt two weeks from now, March 26, at 1 p.m. There's a pie-eating contest, assorted egg-theme races, a raw egg toss and other assorted messy delights of the season.

Bring baskets in which to collect the eggs, and dress the family in easily-washed clothing.

The fee is $3 per child or $7 per family. For more information, call Janet Quigg, coordinator, at (410) 313-7280 or call the Department of Recreation and Parks at (410) 313-2762.

Hurry, the registration deadline is Monday, March 21.

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