Union Bridge artist, musician works at ideal pace his own


July 11, 1996|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STRANGERS ARE just friends we haven't met yet" goes the axiom, and that's how we felt at a July Fourth party when we were introduced to Wayne and Anne Grauel of Union Bridge.

There was none of the usual awkwardness in getting to know these folks. Wayne has passions for both visual and musical art that he was glad to share, and they are passions he has turned into careers.

People who want to videotape a special occasion or business function can turn to Wayne, a professional videographer, to do the job.

Those who are stirred by pipe organ music can drive to nearby Germantown, where Wayne is the music director and organist for Messiah Lutheran Church, home to a European Baroque organ.

Anne Grauel, Wayne's wife, encourages her husband's free-lance careers while he works in his home studios and takes care of the couple's young son. Anne commutes to Howard County where she works for the Health Department.

Wayne lives the kind of life many of us long for -- working at his own pace, on his own clock, pursuing the things he loves while making some money.

His video business, Woods Glen Studio, specializes in taping live events, ranging from weddings and anniversary celebrations to business and government functions like meetings, focus groups or public hearings.

He tapes an event from beginning to end, using several cameras, and then returns to his home studio to edit the videotape. When the occasion calls for it, he'll include music from his music library to enhance the visual images.

Wayne got into the video business long before it was commercially popular. He was a photographer for the Navy in the 1970s and learned the technique of videotaping while working on educational and training tapes at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

"In those days," he remembers, "a video camera cost $70,000 -- as much as a house." And videotape recorders were so big and unwieldy that only professional studios could accommodate them.

Now the equipment is user-friendly, so that Wayne, a scuba diver, can even shoot underwater videos. He's currently editing a tape of his scuba-diving adventures at the Little Cayman Islands that he hopes to market.

Wayne's second passion, music, was fostered after his stint in the Navy, when he returned home to study organ at Towson State University.

His professor at Towson had studied in Holland and Europe on Baroque instruments, and Wayne was hooked on the sound and experience of playing on pipe organs modeled after those Bach used.

For nearly 15 years, Wayne was organist at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Catonsville, home to the first organ in Maryland imported from Europe.

Two years ago, when a friend told Wayne about a Flentrop pipe organ from Holland housed at Messiah Lutheran, Wayne pursued the job of music director and organist at the church.

Wayne finds real joy in playing the kind of instrument renowned musicians used in 18th-century Germany.

"The only thing different about the organ I use and the 18th-century model is that a motor supplies the wind -- not a slave or indentured servant," Wayne pointed out.

"Everything about the organ is mechanical, controlled by levers and wires, not electronic buttons.

"And the sound is all around you -- that's why it's such a thrill."

Two thousand pipes supply the musical notes Wayne commands at the keyboard.

What keeps Wayne fueled for his multiple jobs?

"Being a musician and artist makes me slightly manic," he says. "And I can do what I want, when I want.

"I'm not on a schedule, and that's the key."

Information: 775-7953.

Fun day in Uniontown

It's not too soon to mark your calendars for one of Uniontown's liveliest days. On Sept. 14, St. Paul's Lutheran Church sponsors its annual flea market and crafts fair from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The event offers the perfect opportunity to discover flea market treasures and new crafts, as well as sample some of the good food cooked by Lutherans.

It's also become a big day in Uniontown -- residents have a yard sale, and some young entrepreneurs sell doughnuts, coffee and lemonade. The event is held early in the fall, when the leaves are just beginning to change colors, so it's a perfect day to stroll through the village, whether or not you're after a bargain.

Vendor information for St. Paul's flea market: Elsie Baust, 848- 9415.

A puppy's surprise

We finally caved in to a major wish of our 11-year-old son. We got a puppy.

Since we moved to Carroll four years ago, our son has pleaded for a dog on every birthday and Christmas. Two weeks ago, we drove to the Carroll County Humane Society and adopted a 4-month-old Labrador retriever, who happily jumped in the family car and drove home with us.

We have received all the predictable advice and well-wishing from friends, acquaintances and dog lovers about how to train a dog, what kind of fence to buy for a dog and what to feed a dog, as well as some skepticism from those friends who wonder if we've lost our good sense to bring a puppy, the prince of chaos, into our family.

The pooch is wonderful, and we fell in love with him immediately. Even the cat seems to tolerate him.

What we weren't prepared for is that adding a dog to our lives would help us slow down and bring us together.

We spend lots of time taking walks with the dog, and no one wants to be left out.

We walk in all kinds of weather, and at all times of the day. We've seen the early morning mist that rises out of the valleys, the firefly shows at dusk and a sky full of stars near midnight. We're exploring the old cemeteries around Uniontown and discovering dips in the back alley where water gathers after a storm.

We take time to pull up a lawn chair and sit with the dog, keeping him company, giving him a milk bone treat or a chew toy. Before bringing a dog into our lives, we didn't think we had this kind of time.

But we do.

Judy Reilly's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 7/12/96

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