NOTE: Lourdes Sullivan's column appears a day early because of the holiday press schedule. Montpelier Cultural Arts Center will present Maxine Clair, author of "Rattlebone," April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Ms. Clair will read a selection from her works and answer questions afterward. Ms. Clair's essays and poetry have appeared in many literary magazines, but she is perhaps more known for "Rattlebone," the story of a family struggling through segregation and toil. Ms. Clair's appearance is part of a three-day residency at Bowie State College and co-sponsored by the Associated Writing Programs. Admission to her reading is free.
The Cultural Arts Center also is displaying the newest paintings and pastels by resident artist Susan Howland.
Ms. Howland has shown mostly in Missouri and Michigan, where she was an instructor in painting and drawing. She has been an artist in residence at Montpelier since 1992. Her new colorful abstracts are on display from tomorrow through April 27 in the Resident Artist's Gallery at Montpelier.
For more information about Ms. Clair's reading, Ms. Howland's exhibit, the classical and jazz music series, or art and craft classes, call the center at (410) 953-1993 or (301) 490-2329.
Last Saturday, our intrepid hunters gathered at Savage Park to officially open hunting season on that wiliest of prey, the hard-boiled egg.
The elusive ovoids were no match for our determined crew at the Spring Egg Hunt sponsored by the Savage Community Association and the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.
There were three age categories of hunters, with prizes awarded.
Haleigh Boswell won the gold, Sharne Brown the silver and Ashley Harley the bronze medals in the 2- to 4-year-old group. Scott Haskins won the gold, Bryan Coe the silver and Chris Dolan the bronze medals in the 5-7 group.
Danny Singleton won the gold, Shelly Holtman the silver and
Christina Miller the bronze medals in the group for ages 7 to 10. The elated but exhausted hunters then retired to a well earned rest and repast provided by volunteers Carolyn Adami, Elaine Johnson and Marianne Gardes. Erica Gardes and Paul Ackerman won a pie-eating contest, and Will Hux won the child-calling contest.
The Savage United Methodist Church will sponsor a reception in honor of longtime church members and Savage residents Alice and Myrtle Phelps. They are soon to move to Gaithersburg, and the church invites their friends and acquaintances to attend this reception in their honor April 23 from noon to 2 p.m. in the church's social hall. The church is at the intersection of Foundry and Baltimore streets in Savage.
On Earth Day, April 22, Savage Park will be the site for the Clean Air Bike and Hike, sponsored by the American Lung Association. Everyone is invited to enjoy this lovely park while raising money for a terrific cause. There are different routes for walking, biking, hiking and mountain biking on the off-road trails.
The registration fee is $15 for adults who pre-register ($10 per person for groups of 4) and $30 in pledges. Walk-in registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on April 22, but costs $25 plus a minimum $30 pledge. Children under 12 are admitted just for collecting pledges.
The entry fee gets you a lovely ride, a T-shirt and a post-ride party. Remember to check out matching gift policies at your employer's company. There are prizes for those who collect a lot of pledges, from Swiss army knives to a weekend getaway for two. Riders must bring a cycling helmet.
For more information, pick up a registration form at area bike shops or call the American Lung Association at 1-800-642-1184.
Volunteers are also sought. They will get a T-shirt and will be able to attend the party.
For the nonathletic among us who don't mind getting wet, the Howard County Parks Bureau allows us to celebrate Earth Day by helping them monitor the water quality of area streams.
Register to help either April 22 or April 25 by calling 313-4624 or 313-4625.