CRAB CAKES, stuffed baked potatoes and strawberry shortcake will be offered at The Crab Shanty as the restaurant celebrates its 20th birthday Friday.
And in honor of its birthday, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of its proceeds May 25 through 28 to Howard County General Hospital's Imaging Center.
The Ellicott City seafood restaurant will take an additional 20 percent off each check. "It's a way of saying 'thank-you' to the community," said general manager Cliff Hughes.
Glenwood resident Billy King Jr. inherited the restaurant from his father, Billy King Sr., who lives in Ellicott City.
The Crab Shanty's permanent staff of 75 swells to 150 in the summer. Numerous employees have made a career out of their time at the restaurant.
Tammy Foster began at the Crab Shanty as a day waitress some 10 years ago, then worked nights, and now is a full-time manager.
Young Sun Pak, the restaurant's first employee, was hired as a chef in 1978. Now she works the pantry at night.
Ann Roelecke, who makes sandwiches, server Mylinh Rosinski and prep cooks Catherine Hux and Irene Pinder have worked for the Crab Shanty more than 70 years collectively.
Chris Thorton started as a buser in 1990, was promoted to server, and is now a part-time manager.
On May 8, Elkridge resident Suzanne Chadwick, mezzo soprano, made her operatic debut with the Frederick Orchestra.
She performed selections by Verdi, Rossini, Mascagni, Donizetti and Bizet.
Chadwick performs with the Baltimore Opera chorus. She studies voice with Frederick Petrich and gives voice lessons to children and adults in the area.
Three schools compete
Fourteen members of the combined Howard-Atholton-Mount Hebron High Schools string orchestra traveled to Atlanta April 22 to participate in The Festivals of Music competition.
The Howard County players won first place in the strings competition and received an "excellent" rating from the panel of eight nationally recognized judges.
Group members include Mike Bevill, Sherry Choe, Yunika Davis, Jarrett Freeman, William Gray, Meghan Gwyer, Jillian Humphreys, Emma Luck, Christine Mathis, Tali Mindek, Audrey Park, Chris Perry and Joshua Salisbury.
Chris wrote his own bluegrass solo for inclusion in the orchestra's performance of Aaron Copland's "Hoedown."
Marc Barron, who teaches string students at the three schools and directs the orchestra, says he values of the opportunity for students from different schools to work together in a noncompetitive way.
Music educator of the year
Rebecca Braukus, band director at Elkridge Elementary School, received a plaque when she was named Howard County Music Educator of the Year at the Salute to Music Education Program April 7 at Howard High School.
Robert White, band/strings teacher at Ilchester Elementary School, was also cited for his contributions to music education.
The program and the awards were sponsored by Howard County Parents for School Music, a 5-year-old group working to promote quality music education for Howard County students.
The group has a steering committee of seven people and a mailing list including some 300 names.
Good food in Elkridge
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is inviting community members to its meeting tonight at 7: 30 p.m. at the Fire Hall, 6275 Old Washington Road.
Volunteers from the Auxiliary serve pancakes, eggs (cooked any way you like), hash browns, link sausage, coffee and juice at the Fire Department's pancake breakfasts, from 7: 30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month.
The Fire Department has asked auxiliary volunteers to cook hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, french fries, and nachos and cheese for the 100 people who attend the bingo games at the fire hall every Friday night.
The "Bingo Special," a game for early arrivals, starts at 6: 30 p.m. The regular game starts at 7: 30 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m.
"Everything we raise goes into the Fire Department," said Yvonne Zimmerman, who is vice president of the group. "We are a tight-knit group, and we have a lot of fun."
Auxiliary officers are President Cathy Pryor, Vice President Zimmerman, Treasurer Cheryl Merson and Recording Secretary Sherrie Slavotinek.
Tammi Scovitch has chaired the bazaars for the last three events. Linda Shipley chairs the Welfare Committee, and Linda Mayer the History Committee.
Longtime volunteers of the group are Robin Watson, Bonnie Poligardo, Joyce Nichols, Charlotte Foard, Millie Falter, Nancy Boyd, Alice Blair and Bea Kaler.
This year, the auxiliary raised about $5,000 with its Easter bazaar.
Zimmerman says the group needs new members to help out.
The Harwood Park United Methodist Church will hold a Rummage and Bake Sale from 8: 00 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The sale will include clothing, household goods, toys, books and jewelry.
Bring a table to sell your treasures outside the church. Spaces cost $10.
Proceeds will go to assist the food pantry, the Fire Department and a benevolent fund for Asbury Home in Gaithersburg.
For information, call Dorothy Baker at 410-796-2737.
Correction and apologies
This reporter wishes to apologize for an error in last week's column. Jackie Conarton is the principal at Ilchester Elementary School, not the Baltimore school named.
Pub Date: 5/18/98