Devotion to roar of NASCAR brings changes racing to household


March 04, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHAT ON EARTH is all that noise?" my sister asked as she entered the house.

Finding the television remote, I muted the roar of 50 cars driving in a circle -- around and around and around. The sudden silence startled my husband from a trancelike state.

"You can't watch without the noise," he said. "Without the noise, it's just 50 cars driving in a circle over and over and over again."

NASCAR has invaded my Sundays.

The men in my life now speak reverently about Jeff, Rusty, Dale and, oh yes, the other Dale. They know the names of the pit crew. They're very big on helmet-cam.

The "Ford vs. Chevy" debate punctuates every trip down Ritchie Highway. The oil in my car is changed every 375 miles with a synthetic oil that apparently can be microwaved. Two decades after cigarette ads were banned from television, I can find my husband sitting in a recliner singing, "Winston tastes good, like a [clap, clap] cigarette should."

"When did this happen?" my sister demanded, turning on the vacuum cleaner to drown out the sound.

I'm not sure, but I believe it began the day I turned on the radio and heard "Achy Breaky Heart" sandwiched between a Madonna song and a Nine Inch Nails concert promotion. The South not only rose, it took control of VH-1 and ESPN.

Suddenly, the sound of cars driving in a circle stopped, replaced by a singing trio of frogs espousing a brand of beer.

Nothing like good old American values, Glen Burnie.

Auction at church

Bidders may not find any Kennedy memorabilia or a slice of wedding cake from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, but Saturday's auction at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church promises an eclectic array of items for a modest price.

The doors to the church hall will open at 8: 30 a.m. for a preview of the items up for bid. Bidding will start at 10 a.m.

New, used and one-of-a-kind items will be available, says event coordinator Helena Thomas. Working with co-chair Sharon Edwards, she has been collecting items since October, when the Rev. Gene Nickol suggested it as a fund-raiser.

To assure a fun and professional event, Nickol called on a friend, Thurmont auctioneer Bob Meunier, to lend his talents. Parishioners responded to the request for unusual and interesting donations with more than 60 items.

Thomas says some of the more interesting items include a handcrafted baby's changing table donated by a family who "ran out of grandchildren and didn't need it anymore."

The auction has a touch of television, with a numbered and signed lithograph that was won on "The Price is Right." "Street in Little Italy" was valued at $1,100.

Robert Pepersack, former county sheriff, current County Council candidate and a pilot, has donated an hour's flight for up to three people in his Cessna.

Other items include jewelry, religious artifacts and decorative items for the home. Donations will be accepted until the auction begins.

"Father Gene says we're staying until everything is sold," says Thomas.

Holy Trinity is at 103 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie. Information: 410-766-5557.

Family programs

Point Pleasant Elementary School is the site for lectures and workshops sponsored by the county's Family Involvement Center.

All are free and open to parents of students attending county public or private schools. Counselors Pat Barton and Gayle Cicero will be facilitators.

Child abuse will be addressed in a video presentation, "Hitting, Shaking and Spanking: What To Do Instead," from 1: 20 p.m. to 2: 20 p.m. tomorrow.

"Homework Help" is the topic of a video presentation from 1: 20 p.m. to 2: 20 p.m. Tuesday. A three-part workshop, "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen" is scheduled for 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 16, 23 and 30.

Attendance confirmation is requested by calling 410-222-6425.

Point Pleasant Elementary is at 1035 Dumbarton Road.

The Family Involvement Center also provides services for parents of school-age children, including counseling and referral services.

For information on center programs, call 410-222-6429, or check the center's Web site at http: // COMMU/fic/faminv.htm.

Pub Date: 3/04/98

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