Vandalism incident doesn't put a damper on otherwise enjoyable day at Savage Fest

Neighbors

June 07, 1996|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SAVAGE FEST has come and gone and all the weary elves have retired to their abodes, there to relive the past glory of a beautiful day and dream of bigger events to come.

It was a wonderful day, with a parade and pony rides, a dunking booth, door prizes and two moon bounces.

For a wonderful day, it got off to a bad start.

As in most years, Howard County Council member Charles Feaga lent the fair the use of two dozen bales of hay.

These bales make wonderfully rustic and soft seating for tired fair-goers.

They also are used to mark paths and provide seating for the audience in front of the stage.

This year, the bales were set out on Baldwin Commons under the two ancient oak trees.

Along came some pyrotechnic experts and set the bales on fire.

The bales went up in smoke, the trees were badly damaged.

It sounds as if it was just a juvenile prank that got out of control, but it was a very dangerous thing to do.

More importantly, it started the day on the wrong note.

Everyone involved in planning the fest devoted months of work for what is essentially a giant block party for the entire community.

To arrive early and discover such a mass of smoldering wet grass was a disappointment.

That bit of vandalism didn't ruin the fair, though.

The parade, organized by Savage Volunteer Fire Company, with particular help from Patty Thompson, was a rousing success.

It began with a color guard provided by Boy Scout Troop 424, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

James McCleary, physical education teacher at Bollman Bridge, was grand marshal.

The Laurel Boys and Girls Club cheerleaders marched in the parade.

The Patuxent Area Junior Chamber of Commerce lent its organizing skills to this year's festival.

Jaycees President Lynn Boerschel and Ada Bohorfoush were particularly active in this effort.

They, in turn, commend to our attention the efforts of fellow members Cathy Hutchins, Jeff and Laurie Graham, Chris Campbell, Gretchen Davis, Diane Osbourn, Elaine Hoffman, Susan Fohl and John Meehan.

Anything as complicated as Savage Fest requires lots of volunteers the day of the fair.

Myrah Phelps, festival coordinator, corralled junior assistants who spent the day taking tickets, walking the ponies in circles at the pony ride, monitoring the jumpers at the two moon bounces, making sure the speed pitchers had fun and assisting at the dunk tank.

Daughter Tara Phelps walked the ponies most of the day. Son Jeffrey Phelps was the official "gofer."

These efforts were ably complemented by those of Heather Spicher, Laura Cumberland, Troy Atkins, Kenny Fries and Ricky Alderman.

Elaine Johanson was another outstanding volunteer. Elaine designed the fest fliers and then put them on display.

She volunteered the use of her garden as the site of the communitywide yard sale held in conjunction with the fair.

All the money Elaine made at the yard sale went to help restore Carroll Baldwin Hall.

Each helper received a Certificate of Merit from fair organizers. .. More people helped at the fair, but I haven't gotten all their names yet.

L Part two of the Savage Fest helpers list will run next week.

Just for Me

Savage Branch Library announces its drop-in program, Just For Me, has begun. This preschool program runs Wednesdays at 10: 30 a.m. this month.

Adult caregivers must stay in the children's area during the sessions, but are free to browse the collections.

Details and directions: Lynn Starman at 313-7880.

Pub Date: 6/07/96

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