Teacher, Howard resident star in 'Sylvia'


December 15, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CONGRATULATIONS to Centennial High School's theater teacher Mo Dutterer and fellow Howard County resident Conni Ross, who recently completed a run of the play "Sylvia" at Spotlighters Theater in Baltimore.

Dutterer and Ross were seen on stage this summer when they starred -- as Will Rogers and his wife, Betty Blake -- in Howard County Summer Theater's production of "The Will Rogers Follies."

In the comedy "Sylvia," they again played a married couple for whom life is complicated by Sylvia -- a stray dog. The play ran for a month.

On track

Congratulations to Elkridge Landing Middle School participants for their successful run on Nov. 25.

Students, parents and staff tested themselves on the 1 1/4 -mile course.

Eighth-grader Sean Lease was first-place winner among the boys in the eighth grade, setting a course record of 8.16 minutes. Boys and girls were placed separately.

Other eighth-grade top finishers were: Emily Holloway, also first; Kerrie Smith and Scott Spranklin, second; and Christina Libbon and Matt Gilcrease, third.

Seventh-grade top finishers were: Kristy Adams and Michael Witmer, first; Kelly Reidy and Michael Fields, second; and Kristin Newman and Evan Tilley, third.

Sixth-grade winners were: Timisha Gomez and Skylar Gasiorowski, first; Kristina Russell and Daniel Fields, second; and Ashley Reed and Dennis Hancock, third.

Top finishing adults were: Jeff Gasiorowski, first; John Klyap, second; and Don Hancock, third.

Co-op art exhibit

Artists' Gallery, a cooperative of 23 local artists, is exhibiting "Tis the Season," a show of members' work, until Jan. 2 at American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia.

The holiday collection includes drawings, paintings, pastels, photographs, stained glass, trompe l'oeil furniture, jewelry, note cards and miniatures.

Three artists from our community belong to the cooperative and regularly exhibit their work.

Elkridge resident Mark McCoy paints oil portraits of people and wildlife. He is a self-taught artist with a keen eye for animals.

"I have gone to the zoo for as long as I can remember," he says.

McCoy also works at Moonlight Terrace Dance Studio, where he occasionally exhibits his paintings.

Ellicott City resident Pat Roberie is a portrait artist working in pastels and oils.

She belongs to the Maryland and Howard County Societies of Portrait Painters and has shown her work locally.

Ellicott City resident Marina Ferraro is a 27-year resident of Chestnut Hills in Ellicott City.

She creates large decorative oil and acrylic landscapes that are "traditional with a touch of impressionism," she says.

"My paintings have bright colors and defined shapes," says Ferraro, who was born and trained in Spain.

The gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 410-740-8249.

Author's visit

Children's author Betty Behringer will visit the third-grade classes of Trinity School in Ellicott City tomorrowto share her sources of inspiration for illustrating and writing her novels.

Students read Behringer's book, "Gingerbread Inn," in their literature class.

This visit continues a third-grade Christmas tradition at Trinity School.

Helping the homeless

Ilchester Elementary School students Rebecca Watts, Amy Scallion and Melanie Keller are conducting an the needs of the homeless as part of the school's Gifted and Talented program.

After interviewing Grassroots shelter's Kathy Dinoto, they chose conduct a drive for supplies.

They are soliciting items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and razors and food -- canned foods, powdered milk and baby formula. Donation boxes will be in the front hallway at Ilchester throughout the school year.

Chess clubs sought

Youths are playing more chess than ever.

Members of Waverly Elementary School Chess Club hope other schools will start clubs so that they will have competitors for tournaments.

Information: Michelle Allen, 410-313-9950.

Christmas treats

Ellicott Mills Middle School PTA will be wrapping packages for shoppers at Barnes & Noble Booksellers on Friday and Saturday.

The school's students and parents are holding this Gift Wrap Fund-raiser for donations.

Students from the school will provide music on Saturday to spread the festive spirit.

Performances will be on the half-hour: 6 p.m., string ensemble; 6: 30 p.m., handbells; 7 p.m., brass ensemble; and 7: 30 p.m., Show Choir.

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Sunday School pageant at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church on Route 175 in Jessup.

Harwood Park United Methodist Church will hold a potluck dinner at 5: 30 p.m. Sunday, followed by a Christmas program. The church is at Highland and Euclid avenues in Elkridge.

Economics bazaar

Elkridge Elementary School fifth-graders have been studying economics and learning about supply and demand.

The culmination of the unit is a bazaar selling holiday products.

The children had to apply for "jobs" at the bazaar. They'll punch time cards and get salaries for their work.

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