Carousel at the Inner Harbor has Columbia connections


December 16, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE NEXT time you stroll around Baltimore's Inner Harbor, notice the carousel near the Maryland Science Center.

It's Columbian!

Columbians had a hand in it being there -- and in its bright and attractive colors.

Richard Knight and his wife, Heidi, of Allview own the 1912 antique merry-go-round.

Richard Knight purchased it from a Towanda, N.Y., collector, although Clarkston, Mich. was its original home.

Not long after his purchase, he and Hammond High School art teacher Peggy Coulson both had the same idea while discussing the time and skills needed to keep the hand-carved folk-art animals in good repair.

Their thought was to ask Hammond's art students to take on the carousel as their project.

Admittedly, the students were a bit skeptical.

But soon, the first animal arrived in need of ear, mane and tail repairs, and the students learned how to use wood filler.

They stripped the paint and sanded the surface clean, before making a decision about what colors to paint the wooden animals.

With Richard Knight's help, the students selected acrylic colors and topped them with a urethane coating to protect the carousel from the elements. (The carousel is outdoors all year because there is no space for winter storage.)

That first experience was 19 years ago. Now the carousel repair project is an annual event.

Students bring families and friends to Rash Field, and they point with pride to their personal rooster, pig, rabbit, zebra or horse as it moves to the rhythm of the Wurlitzer organ music. Richard Knight has had a hand in building Columbia, too.

His construction company built Michael's Pub in Kings Contrivance, David's Natural Foods in Wilde Lake and the model home for the Rouse Co. at the Hobbits Glen Golf Course 5th hole.

Time for music

It's a grand time of year for music, and Oakland Mills Middle School is doing its part by presenting a Winter Concert at 7: 30 ZTC tomorrow evening.

Family, friends, alumni and students are invited to hear the school's chorus directed by Cynthia Shepherd.

They will be accompanied by the school band, directed by Tony Liberto with Philip Hale's string section.

Thank you, volunteers

New Hope Lutheran's pastors, the Rev. H. Gerard Knoche and the Rev. LaVern Rasmussen, know that many hands make light work.

They thank their volunteers, from time to time, in the church bulletin.

Sue Pumplin spends many hours playing the organ at services.

Deacon Joy Aker assists in church services and coordinates service assistants' schedules.

Paulette Scott, Ted Sekscenski, Joanne Solem, Holly Thomas, Stuart Unkenholz and Chris Winslow are hard-working members of the church's council.

Brian Aker, Paul Biermann, Kristin Ditillo, Roy Hanson, Debbie and Ron Kolessar and Debbie Mechtel also volunteer.

Ancient healing art

East Columbians Anita Fox and her daughter, Beth, did not wait for the new year to make a change in their lives.

They read about "Reiki," an ancient healing art.

In the Japanese language, "Rei" means Universal life force, or God, and "ki" refers to the essence of the individual.

Reiki honors the ecology of the body, using its energy to bring physical and mental healing.

Practiced worldwide, Reiki is about self-healing and self-discovery.

Intrigued by the concept, Anita and Beth Fox attended a First Degree Reiki workshop conducted by Eleanor Hunter of Fairfield, Iowa, and are now certified to help others.

Metzler's helps to beautify

Anne Dodd, Kings Contrivance village manager, has announced that Metzler's Nursery is a partner in the village's Cul-De-Sac Beautification Grant program.

Residents interested in landscaping a cul-de-sac should take a photograph of the area as it is, have 80 percent of the street's residents sign a beautification petition, and decide on a specific plan, including what plants will be used.

After the village board approves the plan, Metzler's will give a 20 percent discount on the plants and the Village of Kings Contrivance will reimburse costs up to $200.

Information: 410-381-9600.

Holiday mailings

Time is running short for holiday mailings.

Local post offices will extend hours to 6 p.m. until Dec. 23. They will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, and remain open from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Remember that the post office will close at noon Dec. 24 -- with package pickup until 5 p.m.

Pub Date: 12/16/97

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