Spring Garden fifth-graders set to sing at Camden Yards


September 10, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN THE national anthem is sung at Oriole Park next Wednesday you can be sure most of Hampstead will be listening. That's because the entire fifth grade at Spring Garden Elementary School will be singing.

The children will sing a preview at 5 p.m. today to open a meeting of the county Board of Education and again at 7 p.m. tomorrow at a Spring Garden PTA meeting. Both performances are open to the public.

Choral arts teacher Ida Lea Rubin has combined the musical talents of 150 students with their passion for the Orioles.

To help the students sing the national anthem with heartfelt enthusiasm, Rubin taught them the history of "The Star-Spangled Banner," which tied in nicely with their study of Maryland history and a field trip to Fort McHenry in Baltimore.

"It's a very special song because it's our national anthem," said Scott Kritzer, 10, during a recent rehearsal.

Every student wrote the Orioles explaining why they wanted to sing at Oriole Park. Many children, such as Amy Wineke, 10, noted that they had never been to a game at Camden Yards.

My son, Adam, thinks this will be a neat story to tell his children someday, especially since he's predicted that the Orioles will win the World Series this year.

The letters, with an introduction by fourth-grade teacher Erica Guenther, were sent to the stadium staff with an audition tape last fall. The group was accepted in late spring.

"I apologized for the poor quality of our tape, but they liked how genuine it was," Rubin said. "They wanted us to sing for two nights. We're unique -- they've never had a group on the field larger than 50 kids."

The logistics of bringing that many children to the stadium will permit only one night of singing.

To fund the trip, fourth-grade teachers Jim Robinson and Guenther supervised a student pizza sale. The proceeds will cover transportation expenses, tickets and food. Fourth-grade teacher Barbara Booz spent hours organizing details.

The school earned heavy-hitter status for selling more than 700 tickets to the game with relatives coming from as far away as Detroit and Florida.

All that's left are butterflies and stage fright.

"I know my voice is going to crack," whispered Melanie Lowe, 10, during a recent rehearsal.

More than 48,000 fans will be in the stands at Camden Yards. Only one thing will shake these 150 kids. As Rubin describes:

"If you see a photographer, who are you going to look at?" she asked the students. "You, Mrs. Rubin," they replied.

"If you see yourselves on the video scoreboard, who are you going to look at?" "You, Mrs. Rubin," they replied.

"If you see Cal Ripken walk by, who are you going to look at?" "Cal!"

Information: 410-751-3433.

Hymns and ice cream

An Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday by the Family Life Committee of Trinity United Church of Christ, 3229 York St., Manchester.

The Trinity Choir and invited guests will lead group singing of favorite hymns. Everyone is welcome to sing and enjoy hand-dipped ice cream afterward.

Information: 410-374-2727.

Bingo night

An evening of bingo is planned from 5: 30 to 8: 30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the North Carroll Senior Center, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount.

Twenty games of three cards each are sold for $7.

Information: 410-239-6400.

North Carroll Jaycees

The North Carroll Jaycees meet at 7: 30 p.m. every third Wednesday at Four Seasons Sports Complex, Hampstead-Mexico Road. New members are being sought.

Fund-raising projects include selling pizza kits and raffle tickets. The group will sell pit ham at the Black & Decker car show Sept. 20.

The Jaycees help needy families on holidays and do community projects. Young professionals are encouraged to join to develop leadership skills.

Information: 410-526-9021.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears Wednesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/10/97

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