Puppets to star in musical mystery at school

NEIGHBORS

September 21, 1994|By PAT BRODOWSKI

A mystery about a musical instrument will be portrayed by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre today at Hampstead Elementary School.

Students will see the performance, the first of several cultural enrichment programs sponsored by the Hampstead Elementary PTA this school year, at 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

"We've had Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at our school before," said Principal Judy Walker. "We do a variety of puppet, dance, musical and instrumental [performances] through the year.

"This puppet show is 'The Eleventh Finger,' an original fable about the discovery of one instrument in the orchestra. It features puppets ranging in size from 12 inches to 12 feet tall."

The instrument discovered, we've been told, is of the woodwind family. The source of the 11th finger remains a mystery until the show.

In addition to the unusual puppets, stories staged by the puppet theater are memorable for their sound effects and musical score.

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre was developed in conjunction with the National Park Service, Wolf Trap Farm Park Theatre in the Woods, and the Maryland National Park and Capital Planning Commission.

It has been invited to present shows at schools on the East Coast for 11 years.

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It's never too early for the Christmas spirit, at least at St. John's United Methodist Church.

The annual "Christmas at the Church" will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1. The church is at 1205 Main St., Hampstead.

"Christmas at the Church" offers homemade food, a selection of crafts for gifts, and family entertainment.

The luncheon is by reservation only for seatings at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. For reservations, call 239-7978 or 239-8088.

In addition, baked goods and fast food, homemade by church members, will be sold throughout the day.

This year, an assembly of community crafts people will display items for sale in the church lounge on the first floor.

The silent auction of fine crafts and useful items donated by local merchants will again be featured.

Games and activities are planned for children. Family entertainment will be provided in the church parking lot on the corner of Gill and Main streets.

Tables are still available for crafts vendors. Call Treasa Markle, 374-5088.

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The Women's Club of

Hampstead will resume its calendar of monthly meetings and service activities with a luncheon Oct. 1. Members and invited guests will meet at noon at Fenby's Restaurant, at the Wakefield Valley Golf Course in Westminster.

Dr. Steven N. Shaffer of Hampstead, a specialist in general

internal medicine and pediatrics, will speak on "Estrogen Replacement Therapy in Post-Menopausal Women: the Pros and Cons."

After lunch at Hampstead Elementary, two area storytellers arrive to present stories and poetry to the children.

For a half-hour after lunch, Joanne Hay and Kit Bloom, known for their lively and engaging enactments, tell children's stories and recite poetry. Sometimes they include puppets and props to entice even the nonchalant listener.

While the children listen, the teachers are free to work.

"The story time allows teachers to do planning together during that half-hour and to work in our computer lab. It benefits everybody," said Principal Judy Walker.

The storytellers arrive once each month. The next lunchtime story hour is Oct. 6.

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