Celebrating Purim joyously is tradition!

Neighbors

March 13, 1996|By Liz Lean | Liz Lean,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Beth Shalom Congregation went all out Saturday night with its annual celebration of Purim, the joyous Jewish holiday marked by costume parades and entertainment.

Members of the Hickory Ridge congregation presented a sold-out performance of "The Second Fiddle," an original musical comedy based on characters made famous by "Fiddler on the Roof."

Ivan Gorelik wrote the script, which visits Golde and Tevye on their 50th wedding anniversary.

Three of their daughters, whose marriages were the source of so much anguish in the original story, also appear. One daughter has become a rabbi; another is part of an interfaith couple in

Columbia.

Elaine Reid, who produced and directed the show, and Steve Schaffer wrote lyrics.

Mr. Gorelik played Tevye, and Jane Goldberg played Golde.

Other cast members included Russel Schub, Sharon Schreiberg, Phyllis Sosnick, Jim Paper, Naomi Rappaport, Sharon Freedman and Janet Goldstein.

Becky Lessey, Larry Cohen, Carla Stearman, Jay Stearman, Les Goldberg, Jerry Sinay, Suzy Wheeler, Barbara Miller, Stevie Schaffer, Sherri Kersey and Karyn Gross also had roles.

David Heine, Howard Lessey and Arlene Heine provided music. Alan Schmall and Matt Wheeler were stage managers.

Virtuosity in verse

Writer's block might help a Clary's Forest 12-year-old win a national poetry contest.

Amy Malinda Triplett last year submitted a poem called "Writer's Block" to the 1995 North American Open Poetry Contest sponsored by the National Library of Poetry, based in Owings Mills.

She learned last month that she is a semifinalist; her poem is one of about 200 chosen from more than 20,000 entries. Poets of all ages submitted their work.

Amy will learn soon whether she is among 70 finalists whose poems will be published this summer in the National Library of Poetry annual "Carvings in Stone" anthology.

Her work has been published twice in a local monthly, under a pen name.

Amy is a seventh-grader at Harper's Choice Middle School. Her parents are Alice and Lee Triplett.

Colorful quilts

Dorsey's Search resident Patricia Ciricillo, whose colorful quilts are featured this month at the Slayton House Gallery in Wilde Lake, is one of 34 artists whose work appears in "Tactile Architecture," a traveling exhibit of architectural quilts sponsored the International Quilt Festival.

"Fushimi Inari 1: A Green Quilt" is Ms. Ciricillo's entry in the "Tactile Architecture" exhibit. Japanese fans, butterflies and flowers appear among the striped and checked fabrics familiar in American quilts.

"Tactile Architecture" makes its debut this month at Montpelier in Orange County, Va., before traveling in May to Lyon, France, and then to Houston, Texas.

Ms. Ciricillo's work appears at Slayton House through April 1.

Fast-food fund-raiser

When the National Weather Service last week issued a winter storm advisory, the Wilde Lake Middle School PTA didn't mess around.

Its members postponed until tonight their fund-raiser at the Roy Rogers restaurant at the Wilde Lake Village Green.

The PTA will receive 20 percent of all restaurant sales from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Principal Albertha Caldwell and staff members will be scooping fries, pouring sodas and wiping tables.

Award-winning teacher

Sharon Kramer, a science teacher and a coordinator of gifted and talented programs at Atholton High School, has been named the 1996 Outstanding Teacher by the Industrial and Academic Partnership Board of Towson State University's College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

The award honors a teacher who inspires and encourages students to participate in the Baltimore Science Fair. Mrs. Kramer's students won the fair's grand prize.

Mani S. Mahjouri, the Atholton High senior who this week won $1,000 as a finalist in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, is among Mrs. Kramer's students.

Rush-hour predator

Stopping traffic Monday morning on Vantage Point Road in Town Center: a very large turkey vulture making a meal of a very small animal.

Fascinated motorists pulled over to watch as the bird slowly spread its enormous wings, dwarfing a couple of good-sized crows that were keeping a safe distance.

A few years ago, a Town Center family reported a rattlesnake behind their home.

What's next? Sun-bleached cattle skulls on the shores of Lake Kittamaqundi?

Village elections

Elections for village offices will be held next month in all six west Columbia villages, and nomination packets are due soon as soon as tomorrow in the case of Harper's Choice.

The forms are fairly simple, so you have time to file your candidacy. Seats are opening on village boards and on the Columbia Council, the elected leaders of the Columbia Association.

Call or stop by your village office for a nomination packet.

Pub Date: 3/13/96

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