SATURDAY'S 119th Clarksville Picnic is more than a meal or an excursion.
Pat Marlatt, chairman of the 1997 Clarksville Picnic and Clarksville's Fifth District Fire Chief, might call it a community festival. Here's some of what Marlatt -- and hundreds of volunteers from St. Louis Catholic Church -- have cooked up for you:
Rick Baker and his crew of cooks and helpers will serve fried chicken, country ham, potato salad, pickled beets, cucumbers and homemade succotash to 3,700 people.
Adam Feaga and his lieutenants offer hamburgers, hot dogs, candy, ice cream, sodas and other fast foods.
Sal and Carol Dunn offer bingo games in air-conditioned comfort in the St. Louis School building.
Anne Robinson and her committee have gathered loads of white elephants for bargain-hunters and collectors.
Anita and Beverly Gerhardt will run a book sale, offering thousands of books at knockdown prices.
Tony Comberiate and his workers, including the kids from the Catholic Youth Ministry, have planned games of chance for children of all ages.
Very young children will enjoy face painting, a moon bounce, a fish pond and more. Older folks can win flowers, play cards and enjoy the midway atmosphere.
Elsa Ruscoe and her committee asked dozens of the parish's bakers to produce their finest for a huge bake table.
Sue Miller is handling this year's money raffle, one of the big draws of the Clarksville Picnic. Someone will win $10,000.
If you'd rather buy a raffle ticket for goods, buy a ticket to win a colorful queen-size quilt called "English Baskets." Julie Rizzello and her associates started to work on this gorgeous handmade quilt right after last year's picnic.
Nancy Sekira and the young adults of St. Louis Church have collected many items for a silent auction -- including crafts, paintings, watercolors, a Julia Child cookbook, lunches, pizzas from Pizza Hut, silver jewelry, a child's wagon donated by Kendall's, gift certificates from stores like Metzler's, two tickets for the Dec. 7 Ravens game, and a 30-piece set of Bavarian china.
Over 5,000 people will fill the grounds of St. Louis between noon and 9 p.m. You can eat dinner from noon until they run out of food, probably after 6 p.m.
Enjoy a martial arts demonstration at 2 p.m., and listen to a dixieland band from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cloggers will entertain at 6 p.m. and a country-western band will fill the air with music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There is plenty of well-organized free parking at St. Louis Church on Route 108 in Clarksville. The church is near Route 32, exit 20. There is no charge for admission or parking.
In sports, there are outstanding scorers, great defenders and all-stars. But there are a few who contribute much to a team, but don't win titles.
Such blue-chip players are recognized at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville.
Dayton resident Allison Ford finished her freshman year at Mount de Sales, and she won the school's Unsung Hero Award for her activities on the junior varsity lacrosse team.
Pub Date: 6/26/97