Holiday lights stay on display


December 26, 1997|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AFTER WEEKS of anticipation and preparation, Christmas Day has come and gone. As we awake this morning, the excitement associated with Christmas seems to have faded with presents opened and tried out, families scattered once again, and the holiday feast reduced to leftovers in the refrigerator.

Now that the big day is behind us, as are the demands of preparing for it, time remains to enjoy the sights of the holiday season.

Jay Henly invites families to stroll through his outdoor light display from 6: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. nightly until New Year's Eve.

Located at 206 Frederick Ave., Mount Airy, Henley designed his Christmas light display especially for children in the "spirit of Christmas." With more than 3,000 lights, 27 animated characters and an indoor playhouse with hands-on activities for children, Henley's light display will delight children and adults alike.

Henly encourages families to stop and walk through his Christmas wonderland.

Describing himself as a "big kid," Henly has been setting up the light display for five years. It takes him a month to set up the display, running 1,000 feet of extension cords to power the lights.

To see Henly's light display turn onto Park Avenue from Route 27 in Mount Airy and make a right onto Frederick Avenue. The display will be on your right.

Local radio personalities

In a few months, three Mount Airy mothers have become local radio stars who have attracted national, as well as regional, media attention for their radio talk show, "Moms Talk."

It has been a nonstop ride to the top for Barbi Burdine, Lynne Galletti and Kathleen Warholic, who began doing guest appearances on a local radio station in July.

The stay-at-home mothers developed their talk-show concept after realizing that their humorous approach to child-rearing and the support their friendship provided made their decision to stay home with their children much easier. The women targeted their show to a large and often forgotten market.

Initial response was so overwhelming that the Frederick radio station offered the women their own show in September. "Moms Talk" can be heard from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Thursday on WFMD-930 AM.

With a steady stream of weekly callers, loyal fans, and advertisers lined up, the women are thrilled with the success they've achieved in such a short time.

Although they're not getting paid, the women are confident that will come. For the time being, they are concentrating their efforts on finding a corporate sponsor and syndicating their show.

If the recent media attention is any indication, the women could soon see their wish come true.

Early this month, they were featured on a Washington, D.C., affiliate for NBC News. The report aired locally five times and was picked up by other affiliates around the county.

Several weeks later, the women were contacted by CBS after a network executive heard about their show. They were interviewed live on "CBS This Morning" from Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, where the women were broadcasting their show.

Galletti says she's been "blown away" by the response the show has received. Although Galletti says the media attention has been great, the women don't plan to change how they do the show.

"We're everyday moms appealing to everyday moms," says Galletti. "Nothing changes for us. We still have to go home and do the same old 'mom' stuff."

Theater group auditions

Calling all actors. The Mount Airy Players is holding open auditions for two productions scheduled to run late next month and in March.

Seasoned actors, or those who would like to try acting, are invited to audition for parts for men and women.

Two men and two women are needed to fill roles in the one-act play, "Dark Lady of the Sonnet." Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 and 6 at 410 Kate Wagner Road, Westminster.

This play is scheduled to run at the end of next month at the Firehouse Pub and Grill, Mount Airy. Information: 410-751-9577

A large cast is needed for the Players' production of "Picnic at Hanging Rock." The mystery has roles for 18 women and eight men between the ages of 18 and 50.

Auditions will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 4 and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 5, 6, 12 and 13, at the Firehouse Pub and Grill, 233 S. Main St., Mount Airy. This early-spring play will be performed at Twin Ridge Elementary School, Mount Airy. Information: 301-829-3321.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 12/26/97

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