Breakfasts return Sunday at St. Augustine's


September 06, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

"Everybody works together," says Rosalie Eichenberg, publicity chairwoman of St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church's all-you-can-eat breakfasts. Church members help with tasks related to the breakfasts, which are now in their sixth year.

For those six years, Rocco Silvero has been in charge of the purchasing -- and he has much to buy. The menu includes eggs, sausage, hash brown potatoes, pancakes, toast, juice, coffee, tea and milk.

Eighth-graders at St. Augustine School work to earn service credits by waiting on tables. They also earn money for their class field trips.

The all-you-can-eat breakfasts return to Elkridge, after having been on hiatus for the summer months. The first breakfast of the season is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Tickets cost $3.50; $2 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free.


I grew up a Navy brat, never living more than three years in any town until my adulthood. You can understand, then, how I treasure long-term relationships with my friends here in Howard County.

There is one longtime friend I see only about twice a year -- Jill Olias, mother to my oldest son's schoolboy friend, Bryan Olias.

Jill and I met at the Rockland Elementary PTA 16 years ago when the boys were in first grade. As they grew closer, we became better acquainted. The boys shared many interests -- baseball games at Wallis Park and sports cards collections -- and classes together. Bryan spent hours at my home, as Nathan did at the Olias' house.

At the same time, Jill and I were involved in school activities together. We served as room mothers for the fourth grade, arranging candy, cookies and Kool-Aid for the children's parties.

As the boys grew, their interests kept them close. They $l discussed shared teachers in Patapsco Middle School, competed against each other on baseball teams and wrote for Mount Hebron's school newspaper.

But in their senior year of high school, their interest in girls grew and they also began to change. They attended separate colleges and now they hardly know each other.

Jill and I still keep in touch at the grocery store. Last December, we met during the hectic holidays in the Dorsey Search Giant's floral department. Last Tuesday morning, we met in the Route 40 Valu Food and for 20 minutes blocked anyone from reaching the pudding and Jell-O as we caught up on developments in each other's families. No longer a full-time mother, Jill has a government job. Bryan is a college graduate and working at his first "real" job, at Commercial Credit Bank in Laurel.

This occasional camaraderie typifies the type of community I hoped for when I was growing up. I'll see you, Jill, in the Safeway, maybe in February.


This Friday will see the final performance of Civil War period music at Ellicott City's B&O Railroad Museum. The informal concert will be held outside if possible between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 461-1944.


While I'm on the subject of music, I'd like to tell you about another Ellicott City concert. Early on Aug. 26, we read about Deborah Bowers of Columbia, who had gone to great pains to present the traditional Irish music group Dordan. After many difficulties in placing the show, it was to be held at the Little Theater on the Corner on Main Street in Ellicott City.

My husband and I enjoy traditional music, so we called for tickets. There was no line for tickets that night, but the theater was filled with Irish music lovers.

The group was a trio of Galway women, who displayed rich brogues and the sparkling but understated wit for which the Irish are well-known.

A harpist and a violinist backed up the lead, who played an Irish whistle. The whistle was less than 6 inches long, but from the player's quick fingers came the music for lively jigs and classical pieces.

We were delighted that Ms. Bowers, who is not Irish, is hoping to bring other Irish musicians to Ellicott City in the future, for a total of six annual concerts. If Dordan is any predictor of the quality she'll bring to Howard County, let's give her whatever support she needs.

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