Carols and cookies stir up nostalgia for Christmas


December 12, 1997|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SUN STAFF

TRYING TO GET INTO the mood to celebrate Christmas?

Elaborate lighting displays and decorations work for some people. For others, it's the aroma of freshly baked Christmas cookies filling the house.

Around our house, it's the sound of Christmas carols that seems to stir up the nostalgia we all need around this hectic time.

At 7 p.m. tonight, the Newe Renaissance Voyces will present "The Many Moods of Christmas" at Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway.

The concert will begin with sacred music, with selections from the 15th through 20th centuries.

An instrumental interlude, featuring harp and flutes will be followed by two sets of Christmas songs -- folk pieces from around the world, and traditional carols in new settings.

"These talented musicians have performed at our church before," said Sara Titus, church spokeswoman.

The group is composed of seven women musicians and vocalists who have performed together since 1978. They have given concerts in historic homes in Annapolis and at the Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Va.; the Smithsonian in Washington; and the Mohonk Mountain House in Paltz, N.Y.

Newe Renaissance Voyces includes Ginger Adams, Peggy Gilligan, Dottie LaPenta, Cathy Toney, Beth Wegner and Loraine Shaw, group director.

An offering will be taken.

Visitors are also invited to a reception after the concert.

Information: 410-647-3090.

Holiday craft fair

Children of all ages can shop for family and friends at Santa's Secret Craft Fair from 6 to 10 o'clock tonight at Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company hall on Mountain Road.

Admission is free.

An assortment of gifts, stocking stuffers and crafts will be on sale, with free gift wrapping available.

Snacks and drinks will also be on sale.

Collecting canned goods

It's holiday can collection time for the Optimist Club of Mountain Road this weekend.

Club members will be collecting cash and canned goods at Angel's Market on Mountain Road.

Collection times are 5: 30 to 8: 30 tonight, 9: 30 a.m. to 8: 30 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Sunday.

"The community has generously supported our holiday drive for nearly 20 years," said John Kretschmer, club spokesman. This year, the group will distribute the food to 10 needy families in the area, he said.

Cash donations may also be made by mail.

Information: John Kretschmer, 410-437-1089.

Breakfast with Santa

Santa Claus will be on the local breakfast circuit again this weekend.

Tomorrow, Jenkins Memorial Church, 133 Jenkins Road, invites families to eat with Santa from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The all-you-can-eat breakfast will feature pancakes, eggs, sausage, homemade biscuits, dry cereal, orange juice, coffee and tea.

Admission is $4 for adults, and $2 for children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 can eat for free. Pictures with Santa are $2, with those proceeds to benefit the church general fund.

Santa visits fire hall

Santa will travel to the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company hall Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon for breakfast. Admission is $3 per person, with pictures costing an extra small fee.

Information: 410-437-0215 or 410-360-6857.

Walk with ducks

Escape the holiday rush and join the "Cold Duck" walk at 1 p.m. Sunday at Downs Park.

Ranger Bill Offutt said the park shoreline is a gathering spot for wintering flocks of ducks and other waterfowl during the cold weather. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars.

Information: 410-222-6230.

George Fox school concert

The music department at George Fox Middle School will present two nights of music next week in the auditorium of

Northeast High School on Duvall Highway.

Members of the sixth- and seventh-grade select chorus will perform for visitors Wednesday, and the eighth-grade honors chorus, band and orchestra will perform Thursday.

Both programs begin at 7 p.m.

Information: 410-437-5512.

AP scholars named

Congratulations to 26 students at Chesapeake High School on being named AP scholars by the College Board in recognition of exceptional achievement of the college-level Advanced Placement examinations taken in May.

Only about 13 percent of about 581,000 students who took the AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit recognition.

One student, Alexis Hillock, qualified for the "AP scholar with distinction" award by receiving grades of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams, with an average exam grade of at least 3.5.

Eight students qualified for the "AP scholar with honor" award by receiving grades of 3 or higher on four or more AP exams, with an average exam grade of at least 3.25. They are Joanna Buckley, Michael Cline, Adam Deising, Amanda Lesher and Rachel Santora.

Seventeen students qualified for the AP scholar award by receiving grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. They are Kristin Beuerle, John Bland, Shawn Burton, Timothy Daugherty, Jennifer Davis, Gwendolyn Degentesh, Jonathan Eser, Elizabeth Fath, Christina Gurney, George Gutridge, Mandy Jones, Dionysios Marinakis, Erin McCloud, Robert O'Connell, Tabitha Perry, Brittany Schilling and Melanie Ulrey.

Way to go, Cougars.

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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