Center for the Creative Arts brings stage to life in Brooklyn Park


January 18, 1998|By Cynthia Kammann | Cynthia Kammann,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I BEGAN to get excited as I walked toward the building and saw cars parked everywhere and crowds of people walking toward the same destination as if we were all attached by strings and being reeled in.

Those of us who attended the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts know that something wonderful happened in Brooklyn Park from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Jan. 10.

We wonder why people aren't shouting it from the rooftops, why it didn't make front-page news. The stage came alive again in the former Brooklyn Park High School.

Turned into an arts center, the theater offered its first sampling of what is to come. We enjoyed a full program, and the intermission was a happening itself, with gourmet cookies and cider.

If you missed it, try to catch a future presentation.

Local talent showcased

Some of the local talent in the production included North County High graduates Starr Lucas, Brian Forte, Stephanie Martin and Jason Gembecki, as well as current students: Sarah Huizinga, Adam Mehok, Kackie McWilliams, Katie Collins, Lorraine Eakin, Angela Brown, Mitch Burns, William Cartee, James Degloria, Laura Jones and Melissa Smith.

I wanted to find out more about plans for the center and a conversation with Woody Bowen, vice president of the Olde Brooklyn Park Community Association, led me to Ned Carey, president of the CCCA board of directors.

Carey said the board hopes to put on one more show before the building must be vacated in July for renovations that will take until August 2000.

As part of the Brooklyn Park Middle School construction, the building -- up to and including the roof -- will be upgraded. CCCA hopes to have programs available for children who will attend school in the building.

The center is the brainchild of Del. Joan Cadden and the idea has come a long way in just nine months. The board has applied for nonprofit status. To become part of the project, call Jeanette Thompson at 410-760-5448.

Putting tournament

A remedy for incipient cases of cabin fever is at hand. Karen

Robuck, president of the Linthicum Rotary Club, says the group is sponsoring the First Annual Putting Tournament to benefit the CCCA at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Linthicum on Feb. 28.

A buffet dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with a 7 p.m. shotgun start. The bar will be open throughout.

I'm intrigued by the way this works. One member of the Linthicum Rotary Club, Ray Streib, has coordinated several as district community service chairman. You putt through different rooms in the hotel, including up and down stairs and in elevators. The club is trying to get sponsors for the 18 holes at $100 each. As many as 144 golfers can be accommodated.

The $55 entry fee includes the buffet and bar for individual golfers and $220 for a foursome. Information: 410-636-0330.

Kindergarten resolutions

The children in Linda Atkins' kindergarten class at Linthicum Elementary School posted their 1998 resolutions on colored paper balloons outside their classroom. They remind me of Robert Fulghum's book, "All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." A sampling: Jack Deckman said, "I will play nicely."

Kayla Scardina said, "I will brush my teeth every day."

Nadia Natafgi said, "I will make my bed."

Ricky Spitznogle said, "I will wear my helmet."

Mike Kolodiej said, "I will share with my brothers and sisters."

And Brandon Koontz said, "I will clean the dog poop."

Join me in thanking these kindergartners for reminding us of the important things in life.

Pub Date: 1/18/98

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