Piney Ridge Elementary students create a mural

Neighbors

June 02, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH CAREFUL brush strokes, students at Piney Ridge Elementary School are leaving their mark at the school.

Under the enthusiastic encouragement of visual artist Elyse Harrison, the young artists have created a mural.

Through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council's Artists-in-Education Program and funding from the school PTA, Harrison has spent the past few weeks guiding students as they work on a three-dimensional frieze.

"It's great that the kids have an opportunity to work with someone who is actually a professional [and] using their artistic talent in this way," said Principal Ralph Viggiano.

Harrison suggested two dozen topics for students to transfer into ideas for the 72-foot mural, which has been created on a series of 4-foot panels.

Using nearly 100 of the 600 drawings submitted by students, Harrison sketched general designs on panels and invited fourth- and fifth-grade students to do most of the painting.

Fourth-grade students Nicole Dupuy, Joshua Gardner, Christina Mougey, Jack Reeves and Trevor Sellers added their brush strokes to panels of dancing musical instruments, whimsical dragon-like creatures and animated flower pots. Harrison later outlined the figures in black to create a finished look.

The frieze will hang in the school lobby.

Strawberry festival

One of the largest strawberry festivals in Carroll County will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Sykesville-Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department. The event is sponsored by Messiah Lutheran Church.

In addition to strawberries in desserts and treats, the festival will feature entertainment, craft and flea market items, hay wagon rides, family games, children's activities and more.

Admission is free, and parking is available.

Information: Diane Fischer at 410-781-4911.

Bell ringers

Bells will be ringing in Baltimore's Inner Harbor as the fifth-grade members of Carrolltowne Elementary School's handbell choir perform today.

Under the direction of parent volunteer Linda Caviglia, 16 students will play several selections at the Inner Harbor amphitheater.

Cathy Caviglia, Christopher Cosgrove, Brittany Fischer, Heather Grace-Rutledge, Laura Hannon, Kim Justice, Sarah Koman, Jody Leary, Natale Lima, Patrick Livesay, Scott Lowe, Amber Nelson, Lauren Roguski, Emily Sweeney, Sam Yurow, and Brendon Zuniga warmed up for the performance with a concert for family and friends Thursday evening.

Pet show

Bring Fido, Fluffy and all your favorite pets to Piney Run Park on Saturday for the annual Children's Pet Show.

Children ages 5 to 12 may bring their pets, which must be on a leash or in a cage, to the flag pole for registration beginning at 12: 30 p.m. The show takes place at 1 p.m.

Trophies and ribbons will be awarded in several classes for cats and dogs and miscellaneous classes for rodents, amphibians, birds, fish, ferrets and small farm animals.

Best costume or decorated cage will be judged in all categories.

Dogs and cats must be at least 6 months old and have all shots. Children must be able to handle their pets. Entrance fees are 50 cents per pet.

Information: 410-795-6043.

Fishing derby

Anglers age 16 and younger are welcome to participate in the 1998 Youth Fishing Derby from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday at Piney Run Park.

Children age 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

The derby is sponsored by the Freedom Optimists in conjunction with Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Fishing tackle will be awarded for the top three entries of crappie, yellow perch and bluegill. The smallest bluegill will also be awarded a prize.

The first 300 registrants will be allowed to participate.

The derby fee is $2 per entrant with regular park entrance fees waived for derby anglers.

Registration or information: 410-795-3274.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/02/98

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