Cub Scout Pack 618's Den 4 endures the rain, wins two ribbons


November 19, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MEMBERS OF Cub Scout Pack 618's Den 4 endured pouring rain, but won ribbons in two out of three events during the National Pike District's WEBELOS-O-REE last month.

More than 400 Scouts from 33 packs in Howard County attended the annual camp-out, which was held at Broad Creek Scout Reservation in Harford County.

Den 4 earned a first-place ribbon in the gateway/campsite competition for setting up a campsite and designing an entry and boundary marking.

Adding to the challenge was the rain that started falling shortly after the Scouts arrived.

The group also won a second-place ribbon for trail skills.

Den members include Chase Hockensmith, a fourth-grader at St. Louis School in Clarksville, as well as Justin Josell, Eric Nellis, Matt Newcomer and Mike Stout -- all fourth-graders at Clemens Crossing Elementary School.

Stuart Josell is the den leader. He is assisted by den chief Chris Marrion, a Life Scout in Troop 361 who is a graduate of Pack 618.

Rain is no stranger to the Scouts of Den 4.

In September, they held a push-cart derby that Scout leader Don Stout dubbed the "monsoon derby" because of the rain that soaked participants and spectators.

An outdoor event for October was canceled because of bad weather. It was beginning to look, Stout remarked, as if "you could predict the weather by looking at the Cub Scout schedule."

But the sun finally broke through for the Scouts' hike last Sunday, despite early forecasts of snow for the weekend.

Eerie evening offered

Special effects and eerie set design will be featured in the Wilde Lake High School Drama Department's production of "Dracula, The Vampire Play," by Hamilton Deane.

Performances will be at 7: 30 p.m. today through Saturday at the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $6. They may be purchased at the door, or by calling the box office: 410-313-6975.

Tracy Adler, head of the school's drama department, described the set as "Gothic, but stark," with stone columns and arches. She added that the stage tilts up, away from the audience, so that it looks as if it is floating.

Fog and smoke will add to the murky atmosphere.

The set, lighting and sound were designed by Scott Hartsock, technical director for the theater and the school's productions.

The school's art department helped out by painting a scrim.

Wilde Lake drama teacher Sally Livingston is directing the play.

Adler is the producer and costume designer.

Brahm Gallagher will play the title role.

Also in the cast are Jeremy Korch, Sara Melton, Kevin Jones, John Wynn, Keri Lijinsky, Andrew McDonald, Emily Allyn Barth ++ and O'Lisa Aber.

All the cast members are seniors who have been studying dramatic arts throughout high school.

Teacher gets award

Jane Collins, a physical education teacher at Longfellow Elementary School, was honored recently for leadership and service in her field.

The Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance presented her with its Simon McNeely Award during the group's convention last month at Western Maryland College.

A resident of Longfellow, Collins has taught physical education at the school for 13 years and is involved with the mentoring program there.

The award also recognized her community service with the Girl Scouts and the youth group at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

Teens to sing at festival

Running Brook resident Robin Shipp will represent the Peabody Children's Chorus at a national arts festival in Philadelphia this week.

She will be one of about 90 students from all over the country who will sing on Sunday afternoon in the honor chorus.

The festival, sponsored by the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, will be held at the Academy of Music.

Robin, a sophomore at Wilde Lake High School, will be one of seven students from Peabody participating in the festival. Also singing in the chorus will be east Columbia resident Shalise Tolentino.

Longfellow resident Doreen Falby, who directs the Children's Chorus, recommended the Columbia students for the honor chorus. The final selection was made by the guild from audition tapes.

Artist to show pottery

Columbia native Charles DeLaVergne Tefft will hold an exhibit and sale of his pottery from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Slayton House.

Tefft, who grew up in Columbia, moved to Georgia earlier this year after graduating with honors from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.

He teaches ceramics at his studio in Roswell, Ga.

While here, he will be visiting his parents, John and Anne Tefft, who live in Running Brook.

Anne Tefft described her son's work as "very individual and spontaneous."

While he creates functional pieces such as platters, vases, bowls and teapots, most pieces are one of a kind, she said.

In the past, Tefft, has exhibited his work at his parents' home. Sunday's exhibit will be his first public show in Columbia.

PTA thanks helpers

Joanne Howard, president of the Bryant Woods Elementary School PTA, thanks the many parents who volunteered to make Fall Fest '97 a success last month.

Howard provided entertainment as Pockets the Clown.

The evening of fun, games and food was organized by Chris and Kathryn Youngworth, assisted by Mary Ellen Creasy.

Assistant Principal John Hammett ran the children's cake contest.

Parent Debbie Bondhus portrayed a fortune teller for the evening.

Volunteers also included Carol Corbett, who coordinated the snack shop, and Pat D'Adamo, who was responsible for the haunted hospital.

Karen Taylor sold tickets all evening, while Jill Knors worked the snack shop and cake walk.

Pub Date: 11/19/97

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