Sharon Thompson: tireless costumer


October 30, 1997|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HALLOWEEN MEANS costumes -- those garments and accessories that transform us and our children to another time, place or culture, real or imagined.

I remember making clothing for Robin Hood and Friar Tuck, Smokey the Bear, Bugs Bunny, and endless versions of Dracula over the years. But my efforts couldn't come close to those of Sharon Thompson, an expert costumer.

She has made dozens of costumes for us and our kids to see, wear and enjoy.

As the mother of Kary, Mark, and Kelly Thompson, Sharon made madrigal costumes for students at Glenelg High School -- where Kary and Mark sang and went to school -- and for Kelly's school, River Hill High School.

Madrigals -- at Glenelg High School -- are 12 singers who use the chromatic scale of 12 tones and special effects to intensify the expression of the text. Madrigals dress in Elizabethan costumes, reflecting their roots in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Betsy Graff, choir director at River Hill, says, "Sharon is a saint. She is one of the most wonderful human beings I have ever met. She's a very creative person who loves kids. Not only has she made our madrigal costumes, she served last year as corresponding secretary for the River Hill Music Boosters, and this year she is head of the uniform committee for the entire music department."

That means Thompson is responsible for making sure that every student in every performing music group at River Hill has a costume.

The groups include marching band, orchestra, concert choir, women's choir, wind ensemble, symphonic band, jazz band, madrigals and silks.

With an easy laugh and a great sense of humor, Thompson recruited a group of parents to help her with her job.

Donna Kelley and Kathleen Spies also sewed madrigal costumes, and other parents have measured students, counted and numbered uniforms and made sure the uniforms were in the right place at the right time.

Thompson made several trips to a York, Pa., fabric outlet searching for costume fabric.

She attended the Howard County Madrigal Festival to find new costume ideas.

She works with the young singers, including daughter Kelly, to make them comfortable.

rTC Each costume is unique and elegant.

Sharon's husband, Richard, reports that, for the past two summers, she sewed costumes for the Howard County Summer Theater. Their daughter, Kelly, acted there.

Volunteer Jane Allen, whose son was in choir at River Hill last year, is amazed at the volume and quality of work Thompson does.

When Thompson first made the madrigal costumes, her daughter Kelly wasn't in madrigals, though she sang in lunch-time chorus.

Last year, Thompson and Allen found time to bake and sell hundreds of cookies every Thursday to raise funds for music programs. Thompson even chaperoned River Hill's four-day music trip to Williamsburg in April.

Thompson made several costumes for the spring musical at River Hill.

Now, she is working on costumes for River Hill's production of "Our Town," which opens next week.

L At Glenelg High, she did some work for the drama department.

Because her daughter is in madrigals, the play and silks this year, Sharon is making costumes for all three groups.

Thompson designs or furnishes costumes quietly and beautifully, enjoying her volunteer work.

The kids benefit. We all benefit, as we see her fine work at concerts and plays.

First Sunday

Simpson United Methodist Church will hold First Sunday at Lisbon United Methodist Church beginning with a potluck supper at 5 p.m. Sunday.

A program, "Liturgical Dance," begins at 6 p.m.

Festive bazaars

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Poplar Springs holds its holiday bazaar in its new parish hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Famous for its dried flower arrangements, this bazaar is also full of hand-knitted items, homemade Christmas ornaments, houseplants, plant containers and baked goods. Weather permitting, you'll be able to buy fall vegetables -- such as cauliflower, broccoli and squash -- from Larriland Farm at this bazaar.

Information: 410-489-4411.

Christmas Wonderland is the theme of the Howard County Fairgrounds' craft show in West Friendship this weekend and next.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

When you need a break from shopping, stop by the Glenwood Lions Club snack bar for good food and friendly people.

The Lions will send proceeds from food sales during the craft fair to the Johns Hopkins Lions Program Listening Center.

This program expands rehabilitative services to deaf children by cochlear implants, according to Lion Carville Collins.

If you would like to help at the snack bar, the Glenwood Lions welcome you. Stop by their booth.

Information: 410-442-1022.

Pastor David Carter-Rimbach will join church members at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church Saturday to pat and fry oysters for the church's annual ham and oyster dinner.

From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., folks will renew friendships over plates of oysters, ham and all the trimmings.

The food is served family style, so eat as much as you want for just $12 for adults and $5 for children.

Buying crafts made by Dayton's Dorothy Phelps and other church members will add to the festive atmosphere.

Homemade baked goods will be available.

Information: 410-531-5653.

Munch a bunch

Register, beginning Monday, for Howard County Library's "Munch a Bunch" -- a program of children's stories and activities for Thanksgiving -- at 10: 30 a.m. Nov. 24 at the Lisbon Community Library.

Information: 410-489-4290.

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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