MOTHER NATURE gave us a delightfully cool and comfortable day for the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce's Independence Day Parade.
As I parked at Park Plaza Thursday morning, I wondered where all the other cars were. It turned out they were parked at Our Shepherd and St. Martin's-In-the-Field churches, where the majority of Severna Park residents were preparing to march in the parade.
Growing in size each year, this wonderfully patriotic event, sponsored by the Severna Park Chamber of Commerce, inspires creativity in individuals, businesses and entire neighborhoods.
Oak Hill won first prize among community entries and floats, with Hollywood on the Severn second, and Oakleigh Forest and Round Bay third.
The Crabtown Clowns and Jazzercize placed first among the walking units, with Boy Scout Troop 855 and Girl Scout Troop 277 second, and the Severna Park Jaycee Kazoo Band third.
The club awards went to the Annapolitan & Metro Corvette Club, first place; Greater Severna Park Classic Car Club second, and the Chesapeake Horse Club third.
Finishing Touches took first place in the vintage auto awards for "Nail Salon Model T" with Greg and Kelly Hall. David Taylor Antiques and Auction Co. came in second with a 1961 MGA roadster convertible, and Pat Leone was third with a restored 1944 World War II Jeep.
O'Conor, Piper and Flynn took first prize in the commercial category, with Benfield Florist second and Toad Computers third.
The decorated bike segment of the parade is no small job for its sponsors, the Manhattan Beach Civic Association, because it always draws a large crowd of participants, one of whom slept through the entire parade this year, comfortably ensconced in his red wagon.
The most beautiful bike award went to the Breightner family, with Ashley Donahue finishing second and Becky Reeve Jones third.
David Melton won first place in the most creative category, with Mark Hammond second and Kyle and Casey West third.
First prize for the most patriotic decorations went to the Kilmarnock Kids. Chad Dennis was second and Taylor Muhley third.
The chamber not only puts on a great parade, but it throws a nifty business mixer.
The group's next mixer is planned for July 31 at Rip's Park Place in Bowie. After the social, guests will adjourn to nearby Prince George's Stadium for an evening of baseball with the Bowie Baysox. Tickets are $15 for chamber members and guests and $10 for children from 5 to 12. Youngsters under 5 are admitted free. For details, call Linda Zahn at 647-3900.
Training for seniors
The YWCA has a new project called Seniors At Work, which provides training and job development assistance to qualifying county residents 55 and older. The project also offers job referrals. For more information, call 757-5400.
Golf camp for youths
The YWCA and Severna Park Golf Center have joined forces to offer a Junior Golf Camp for children 6 and older from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 22-26 at the golf center on Ritchie Highway in Arnold.
For more details, call the YWCA at (410) 626-7800.
Pub Date: 7/11/96