Manchester principal, teacher lose beards for school fund-raiser


March 12, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT TOOK 10 years for Robert Mitchell, principal at Manchester Elementary School, to grow his thick beard. It took only 10 minutes to shave it off Monday.

Mitchell found some comfort from Barry Potts, a third-grade teacher whose beard, less than a year old, also met whirring clippers Monday.

The dual shaves were shown via school television, a sort of barbershop comedy, to the delight of Manchester children and staff. In a fund-raiser last month, the school community cast 25-cent votes during Winterfest to choose which man's beard would be shaved.

Although Mitchell's beard had won the popular vote, a second stipulation sent Potts to the chair as well.

Winterfest raised $4,811 this year. And the bearded men had offered students and staff a challenge: They would both shave their beards if the festival topped $4,000.

As a result, both men were enthroned Monday at Al's Barbershop in Hampstead.

It was a tight fit into Al's. Assorted media showed up to record the beard-shaving antics.

Albert Grote, a Hampstead barber for 32 years, deftly trimmed Mitchell's winning chin, leaving a lush goatee.

Teasingly, Grote yanked the goatee, chanting, "By the hair of my chinny chin chin."

Marvin Frush, a longtime Hampstead barber who has worked at Al's for several years, sliced Potts' beard in half, sort of a two-faced, Jekyll-and-Hyde style.

Swinging his head side to side, Potts said endearingly, "They won't be able to take their eyes off my face."

County art show

In honor of National Youth Art Month, 30 artworks from Carroll public schools are on exhibit at Cranberry Mall in Westminster through March 23.

Twenty students representing 10 elementary schools, including all three North Carroll schools, will create art in the public eye from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. They will be stationed near the mall's food courtyard.

A billboard announcing the show, posted on Route 27, includes Hampstead second-grader Kristen Kuczak's drawing of a running girl wearing glasses and a big smile.

Images for the billboard were drawn by area schoolchildren, then enlarged and painted on the donated space by area art teachers, including Jan VanBibber of Spring Garden Elementary School in Hampstead.

Art gallery

Spotlight, a new arts and crafts gallery, supply store and classroom, will open at 10 a.m. Saturday at 1220 N. Main St., Hampstead.

Trish Cummings, former owner of Bob's Variety, has plans to publish a quarterly magazine and maintain an Internet location, both by the same name, to serve local artisans.

"We're trying to do complete marketing for the artisan, so all they have to do is stay in their studio and we do the work for them," Cummings said.

Studio rental space, in addition to the current display area, is a future possibility.

Information: 239-8813.

Pub Date: 3/12/97

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