Widow's photo exhibit expresses love in marriage


October 20, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN Charlotte Beam's husband of 58 years, Earl Beam, died suddenly this year, she was encouraged to express herself in her art -- photography. The product of her work, "Shifting Shadows," is now on display at the East Columbia branch library.

The theme of this photography exhibit, "Count only sunny hours" -- taken from a saying on the sundial at their home -- expresses the love in their marriage.

Earl Beam was an administrator of Maryland General Hospital. During the 38 years he lived in the Dunloggin community, Beam planted trees, grew prize-winning irises and peonies and nurtured his family.

Charlotte Beam says that the couple focused on family. "He left the world a better place," she said.

The photography exhibit continues until Oct. 30.

Teen dances

Greater Elkridge Teen Center has started its monthly teen dances again.

Middle school students will be able to dance at Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall from 7: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

The chaperoned dance will have a disc jockey. Sodas and snacks will be sold for 50 cents each.

Tickets are $6 each at the dance. A membership plan is available that guarantees a reserved spot at each dance. Parents are expected to volunteer once during the year.

All middle school students are welcome.

Ben Harrison memorial

Elkridge Landing Middle School reports very successful results from its participation in the Airport Run/Walk Sept. 28. In fact, because 200 Elkridge residents showed up for the event, the group won a trophy for having the most participants.

Because each participant donated $5 to the Kennedy Krieger Down Syndrome Clinic, about $1,000 came from the school's walk.

The school walked in memory of Elkridge resident Ben Harrison, who died in June when he was hit by a MARC train while walking on the Thomas Viaduct.

Ben, age 14 at the time of his death, left a family that includes Elkridge Landing student Megan Harrison. Though Ben did not have Down syndrome, it was decided this event would be a suitable memorial to his active life.

Music news

Elkridge Elementary School's instrumental music teacher Tim Viets has more students in his band than any previous year -- 190 musicians. The first concert for these young musicians is Dec. 18.

The school congratulates students selected as members of the Howard County Children's Chorus for the 1997-1998 school year: Emily Townsend, Chelsea Maymon, Marcie Wells, Brandon Hutcherson and Dan Eschliman.

Fifth-grader Dan recently performed as guest soloist with the Air Force Band in Washingtonas part of the celebration of the Air Force's 50th anniversary.

The concert took place on the grounds of the Washington Monument for an audience of about 10,000 people. Dan won the opportunity to sing after an audition in August.

Patapsco Middle School eighth-grader Emma Jensen auditioned for Maryland Youth Symphony director Angelo Gatto and was offered a place as a second violinist. The symphony is scheduled to go to Britain next summer.

New staff members at Patapsco Middle include Kristin Lindley, Curtis Roberts, Rosemary Roman, Felix Smith and Kathy Anderson.

Susan McMennamin, parent volunteer for Patapsco's band program, has devised a way to gain financial support from the community: For $10, you can buy stock in the Patapsco Middle School Band.

You'll receive a your own personally imprinted stock certificate in return.

Proceeds will be spent on repairing instruments and purchasing new ones.

"The existing supply of school instruments is on its last legs," says McMennamin. "Patapsco's band has a history of bringing home top honors, and we need to enable kids to keep developing their talents."

You can buy stock certificates at any time in the school year.

Information: 410-465-1422.

Fall festival

Come to the Jessup Community Hall on Route 175 Saturday to see apple butter made the old-fashioned way at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church's annual Fall Festival. Because the apple butter is being made fresh that day, it can't be purchased until 3 p.m.

The festival, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will also feature a flea market, home-cooked foods and crafts.

Information: 410-799-9039 or 410-799-3425.

Haunted house

The Elkridge Adult Athletic Association and Howard County Recreation and Parks Department are jointly producing the Haunted House and Hayride that will take place at Rockburn Branch Park this weekend. Under the artistic direction of Katie Smith and Chris Grabowski, the sixth annual haunt promises to be enjoyable for all.

Adults and older children can visit the haunted house from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, while small children can enjoy a less scary version from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Profits will be used to support the EAAA Athletic Scholarship, awarded each year to college-bound high school seniors showing outstanding academic and athletic achievement. To date, EAAA has granted $30,000.

EAAA also has made more than $40,000 worth of improvements to Rockburn Branch Park and provides volunteer assistance to the Department of Recreation and Parks year-round. The nonprofit Elkridge community organization enjoys its 20th anniversary next year.

Other Halloween fun

Patapsco Female Institute will present its ghosts program from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 31. Wander the ruins while ghosts of yesteryear's students surprise you. Call Deborah Ing at 410-465-8500 for fees and group rates.

Elkridge's Cider Mill Farm celebrates Halloween Weekend Friday and Saturday with costume contests at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and music by folk singer Jim Carothers and the students from Catonsville Elementary School from noon to 3 p.m.

Additional activities will include hayrides, pony rides and scarecrow making. Call Cheryl Nodar at 410-788-9595 for details.

Pub Date: 10/20/97

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