Seniors enjoy square dancing


January 23, 1998|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A LARGE CROWD of energetic seniors took to the dance floor Wednesday afternoon at Mount Airy Senior Center.

Outfitted with string ties and Western shirts, the men "do-si-do-ed," "gallivanted" and "promenaded" their partners during the center's annual Modern Country Western Square Dance Party.

Seniors from Westminster and Baltimore County joined Mount Airy for an afternoon of square dancing, line dancing and round dancing.

Professional caller Pete Diven, who has been square dancing since he was age 7, delivered the quick calls, keeping dancers alert whether they were "swinging thru," "allemande-ing left" or "passing-ing the ocean."

Modern Western square dancing has replaced the traditional, choreographed square dances many of us remember from our school days.

Singing calls and "hash" are two styles that Diven uses. Putting familiar music together with square dance moves is singing the calls, whereas hash is calling whatever comes to mind.

Beginner square dancing classes will be held from 12: 45 p.m. to lTC 2: 45 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 11 at Mount Airy Senior Center. The cost is $15 for eight weeks. Registration is required.

Information: 301-829-2407 or 410-795-1017.

Geography bee winners

After 10 tie-breaking questions, Katie Philpott answered, "Italy," when asked, "The Renaissance was a cultural movement that began in which peninsular European country?"

With that correct answer, Katie became the first-place winner in Winfield Elementary School's Geography Bee. Placing a close second was Tyler Bray, and third was Jimmy Hamilton.

Katie, a fifth-grader, was one of 17 semifinalists from the fourth and fifth grades who participated in the bee.

Sandy Dutterer, a fifth-grade teacher, said students prepared for the bee through social studies units, a daily oral geography question and specialized activities.

The three winners are members of the Winfield GEOBEES, an after-school geography club run by parent volunteers.

As the school's winner, Katie took a written test to qualify for the state geography bee. That contest is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

Birdseed sale

At this time of year, birds often need help getting enough food to make it through the winter. Besides supplying a source of food, a backyard feeder is a source of entertainment -- watching the variety of birds native to this area.

The Audubon Society of Central Maryland can help you keep your bird feeders full this winter. The organization is sponsoring a birdseed sale that will benefit Mount Airy's Audrey Carroll Wildlife Sanctuary.

The sanctuary, off Old Annapolis Road, promotes environmental education, habitat restoration, preservation and good stewardship of natural areas.

Carolyn Moroney, sale coordinator, said an assortment of seeds, including black oil sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts, white millet, thistle seed, suet and peanut hearts, is being offered.

Order forms may be picked up at the Mount Airy branch library or Senior Center. The deadline for orders is Feb. 3.

The seed will be available for pickup Feb. 14 at Prospect United Methodist Church, Woodville and Old Annapolis roads.

Information: 301-831-5060 or 410-795-6546.

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

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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