Displays of Scottish ancestry reflect church pride

Neighbors

June 11, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THEY CAME proudly, wearing and bearing symbols of their Scottish ancestry -- kilts, tartans and colorful flags. Members of Springfield Presbyterian Church in Sykesville marked their 160th anniversary with a Heritage Sunday celebration.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) traces its history to the Church of Scotland, and the Sykesville congregation is proud to have more than a few members of Scottish descent. This first Heritage Day was a daylong family event.

A service known as the "Kirkin' O' the Tartans" was the highlight of the morning worship. During the service, Springfield members were invited to bring forth a family symbol to be blessed by the Rev. Maureen Morriss.

Although the Kirkin' service was begun in America in 1941, it is based on a Scottish tradition from the mid-1700s. During that time, Scots were banned from wearing tartans and kilts but secretly carried small pieces of the family's tartan to church to be blessed.

Stirring sounds from bagpipers Robert Mitchell and Jason Barth will lead the processional into the church Sunday.

A lunch featuring traditional Scottish fare was served to more than 100 members and guests. Congregation member Kirk MacKinnon arranged a feast of leg of lamb, Scottish meat pies, mashed turnips, trifle and haggis, a sausagelike mixture of lamb, oatmeal and seasonings.

Eight performers from the Baltimore Scottish Country Dancers demonstrated traditional dance steps. Springfield members Don and Belle Vasbinder were among the high-steppers.

Dorothy Schafer organized the historical portion of the celebration, which included a time line. Significant dates in Springfield's history were noted on the line, and members were invited to add their religious history to it. A guided walk through the church's cemetery led to brief history lessons throughout the afternoon.

Students present drama

The public was treated to an evening of fine performances Wednesday at Piney Ridge Elementary School as Valarie Mares and her drama students presented three vignettes.

Members of the Drama Troupe performed an original skit, "Bridge Over the River Clarinet." Written by Mares, the play was based on a French legend about a village whose people give up their words in exchange for a bridge. The performers enjoyed using the French they had learned for the play.

The troupe also presented "Little Ki and the Serpent." The Chinese folk tale of a young girl and her encounter with a dreadful serpent was presented with beautiful costumes and scenery.

Students from the play workshop class presented "The Girl Who Sought Her Fortune," in which a girl ultimately realizes that her fortune lies in her hometown.

Drama Troupe performers were: Laura Sue Cavey, Jenelle Conaway, Sarah Dougherty, Breanna Dugan, Eric Hamper, Angela Halbrook, Becky Podobnik and Samantha Schneider.

Megan Boyle, Courtney Schulhoff, Shannon Huber, Vicky Blanks and Eric Hamper participated in the play workshop.

Mares will offer summer sessions of her Drama Conservatory beginning Monday. The programs offer children the opportunity to express themselves in distinctive ways. Scheduled classes include a puppet workshop and play workshop with emphasis on improvisation, movement, poetry reading, monologues, scene work and short plays.

-! Information: Mares, 795-3562.

Band camp scheduled

Musicians are encouraged to continue making music through the summer by attending the third annual Summer Band Camp sponsored by the Freedom Area Recreational Council.

The camp offers students in grades four and up the chance to make new friends and learn new music with Howard County music teacher David Smith. The campers will present a free concert at 6 p.m. Aug. 4 in Piney Run Park.

The band camp will be at Liberty High School July 31 to Aug. 2 from 1 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m. and will continue Aug. 5-9 from 9 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Students must have at least one year's playing experience.

3' Information: David Smith, 795-3562.

Webelos learn the outdoors

Seventy Scouts from all over the Carroll District recently gathered at the Morgan Run Environmental Area for their annual "Webelos Woods."

The event is usually the first overnight camping experience for Webelos I with their parents.

Scouts from 13 packs spent the weekend gaining skills in fire building and safety, map and compass-reading, knots, tree identification, first aid, archery, terrariums and the ever-popular obstacle course.

Bill Irwin, commissioner of the Carroll District, was a guest.

Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/11/96

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