Sunday's 'Messiah' features your neighbors


December 01, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLUMBIA Pro Cantare chorus performs Handel's "Messiah" at 7: 30 p.m. Sunday.

Rated one of the best "Messiah" performances in the Baltimore-Washington area, this year's concert features nationally known soloists: soprano Amy Van Roekel, mezzo-soprano Marianna Busching, tenor Charles Reid and baritone Lester Lynch.

Frances Motyca Dawson will direct the performance.

In addition, our neighbors will sing.

From Elkridge, Elladean Brigham, Diane Kvech and Sarah Schanck; from Ellicott City, Steve Baughman, Kathleen Bowen, Stanley Brown, Joan Seitz, Mark Wynn, Daryl Burns, Al Morse, Sally Morse, Susan Peck, Mary Jane Daniels, Barry Eigen and Pam Matthews.

Refreshments will be served, courtesy of Elkridge Furnace Inn.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors or students. Tickets are $17 and $14 at the door.

To order a ticket or for information about group sales, call 410-465-5744.

Time for shopping

Historic Ellicott City has a few ideas to help with Christmas shopping.

Stop in at Thomas Isaacs Log Cabin at Main Street and Ellicott Mills Drive to check out original primitive collectibles and reasonably priced reproduction Colonial items.

Volunteers in Colonial garb will offer a glimpse of the Colonial past.

The cabin is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Proceeds from sales will support the preservation and educational programs of Historic Ellicott City Inc.

Ellicott City's B & O Railroad Station Museum is offering an "Honorary Engineer Certificate" declaring the recipient an honorary engineer on America's first and oldest railroad. The certificate is available at the museum gift shop for $2.95.

The certificate is also sold with B & O railroad engineer's cap and red neckerchief similar to those worn by train engineers. The kit is $9.95.

The museum is at Main Street and Maryland Avenue in Historic Ellicott City, and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Monday.

Information: 410-461-1944.

Artists needed

Howard County Arts Council has called for artists to submit up to two works in any media for the Silent Auction Art Exhibit -- part of the Celebration of Arts in Howard County.

Any artist older than 18 years old who lives, works, or studies in Howard County is eligible.

Submit entries in a 35 mm slide format by Jan. 16 to Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City 21043.

The silent auction begins at a preview reception March 5, and continues at the Celebration of the Arts in Howard County -- a benefit gala March 7 -- at James Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Artists will receive 50 percent of the revenue from each piece sold, with the remaining 50 percent used to help foster the arts, artists and arts organizations of Howard County.

For a prospectus, call 410-313-2789.

Nutcracker on ice

Columbia Figure Skating Club will present its annual "Nutcracker -- Tchaikovsky's Classic on Ice" on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20.

Two shows will be presented each day: one at 4: 45 p.m., and the second at 6 p.m.

Ellicott City skaters include Russ Rzemien, whose role is Uncle Drosselmeier, and his daughter Kim Rzemien, who has a lead role as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Other skaters include Allison Barber, Rebecca Bers, Laura Burrows, Stephanie Burrows, Jonathan Chien, Sophia Chien, Elizabeth Daly, Laura Dattaro, Stephanie Ducey, Michele Farquharson, Sara Franks, Cori Harrison, Emily Hebeler and Samantha Huntt.

Also skating are Stephanie Jarrett, Amy Jordan, Katherine Khatibi, Kristie Khatibi, Alexandra Klinedinst, Brittanie Klinedinst, Erin Maskell, Heather Neiman, Katie Penyak, Amanda Pleasant, Jessica Rohrer, Kaori Tanaka, Julie Tsai, Ashley Virtue, Alicia Williams and Stephanie Wittbecker.

The entire Eddy family -- daughters Kimberly and Sarah and parents Meryl and Stephen -- will skate in the show.

Tickets are $6 apiece. The ice shows will be at the Columbia Ice Rink on Thunder Hill Road in Columbia.

This production sells out every year.

Tickets: 410-730-0322.

PTA honors neighbor

Maryland State PTA has dedicated a park bench and garden area to Ellicott City resident Joan Dykstra, immediate past president of the national PTA.

The bench and garden present an area for reflection, enjoyment and pause -- marks of Dykstra's vision for the national PTA.

The bench and garden border a children's playground at Centennial Park.

Craft shows

Worthington Elementary School will offer a Secret Shop and Craft Sale from 4 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

At the Secret Shop, children can purchase Christmas gifts in a safe environment at a reasonable price.

Professional craftsmen will also be selling their wares.

For directions, call 410-313-2825.

Elkridge artisan Nancy Grabowski will hold her annual greens sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

She has fashioned wreaths, swags, roping, mini-boxwood, and other seasonal items from natural materials.

She will sell the greens at her home at 5820 Augustine Ave. in Elkridge.

Information: 410-796-5114.

The great pumpkin

Centennial Lane Elementary School's fifth-grade publicity student-specialists report that the school holds a yearly celebration of the Great Pumpkin.

This year, kindergartners visited Sharp Farm on Oct. 28.

Each child picked a pumpkin from the field.

On Oct. 30, a Great Pumpkins Exhibit showed the talent of the students who carved pumpkins.

Alex Davis carved a detailed soccer ball.

Daniel Little placed a sensor inside his pumpkin so that when a visitor passes, a carved creature pops out of the top of the pumpkin head.

Principal Sue Goglia introduced the day's program, after which Nate Wesley performed "Jack-o-Lantern."

"This is a yearly tradition here at CLES," says student writer Jesse Bunce. "Let's hope it continues for a long, long time."

Other student reporters included Krissy Kunkel, Rob Schmid and Anum Malik.

Pub Date: 12/01/97

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