Hampstead Girl Scouts hold Victorian dinner


April 09, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAMPSTEAD'S GIRL SCOUT Cadette Troop 1909 dressed in long skirts and lace Friday to serve dinner to 120 other girls from local Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops.

The evening's Victorian theme had a purpose. Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts, was born in 1860 during the Victorian era. And the girls had recently visited the Victorian-style, hands-on Belle Manor museum in Harford County.

The dinner was held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church on Main Street.

All the girls received corsages, made folded fans, sat for photographs in a "parlor" set up for the night and sang.

Food and inventions of the past 85 years -- since the founding of the Girl Scouts -- were displayed. The Cadette Scouts, assisted by their parents, served chicken fingers, meatballs and cake.

Hostess Bethany Bromwell dressed in lace jabot and a silk, floor-length skirt, led a history lesson every child would enjoy. She showed the girls products, such as Oreo cookies, graham crackers and potato chips, that came into being during Low's lifetime. Old Girl Scout books and plaques were shown, too.

"Scouting has the same point [today], but the words have been changed over the years," she said, referring to outdated Girl Scout materials.

The dinner was part of the girls' quest to earn a Scouting award. Participating were Katie Miller, Kathryn Naylor, Bethany Bromwell, Peggy Szewczuk, Dana James and Kristen Maffei.

Troop 1909 is planning a trip to Savannah, Ga., Low's birthplace.

"Scouting is a learning experience that's totally fun," Bethany said. "Look around. If you don't think this is fun, what is?"

Information: 410-876-7103.

Town celebrates history

About 30 people celebrated the 300th birthday of the Manchester Oak Tree with a historical skit and birthday party on Sunday at the Town Office.

The party opened a monthlong show of about 100 artworks by Manchester public school students in the council chamber at the Town Office.

Under the direction of Rebecca Dowsley, 15 4-H members arrived in period costumes to illustrate each generation of Manchester's history, as witnessed by the famous tree, played by Heather Slivecky. The 4-H clubs represented were Manchester Maniacs, Deep Run, Pleasant Valley, Sam's Creek, Kids on the Block and Flaming Arrows.

Rebecca, who wrote the script, also cast the players.

"I looked for anyone with good speaking ability, and those who wanted the opportunity to try public speaking," she said.

The cast included Sandy McCarthy as Chief Macanappy, a Susquehannock Indian who once lived in Manchester, and Jamie Ridgely as the chief's wife. Adam Reese played landowner McGill, who received one of the first land grants in town, "McGill's Choice," in the 1700s. Laura Fisher played the first German preacher in Manchester.

Representing the town's brush with the Revolutionary War -- soldiers passed by the tree on their way to battle -- was Sandy Bolm as a fife player. Mrs. Utz, an early Pennsylvania-German immigrant, was portrayed by Jamie Lippy. Jenny Lippy, wearing a hoop skirt, played Lauren Scott, a Manchester resident who was a staunch patriot during the War of 1812.

Heather Wilson portrayed Sarah Hahn, who played in the band when Manchester became incorporated as a town in 1833. Christina Ramirez hopped from a Conestoga wagon. Justin and Matt Barber played Confederate soldiers.

Laura Miller and Laura Gibson retold Manchester's educational history. And Amy Yirka played herself, a modern 4-H club member active in community service.

Pub Date: 4/09/97

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