School plans anniversary celebration


October 01, 1998|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

AN AUTUMN WEEKEND in Central County takes on the look of a Grandma Moses canvas, people rushing in every direction to take advantage of this beautiful, fleeting season.

On Saturday, children in bright team uniforms chased balls across every available field, cavorting like butterflies before the frost.

This weekend, past and present students, families, friends and neighbors will flock to Folger McKinsey Elementary School in Severna Park. On Sunday, they will celebrate the autumn 40 years ago when the school first opened.

A picnic takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine).

Chris Graham, children's comedian and magician, will entertain.

The school, named for Anne Arundel County resident Folger McKinsey, welcomed its first students in October 1958. McKinsey was a columnist for The Sun for 42 years.

Orlando Ridout, McKinsey's grandson, will represent his family at the picnic.

As a young man, McKinsey loved writing poetry. He was a friend of Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain praised his poems.

He married Pennsylvanian Fannie H. Dungan and settled on a 600-acre farm on the Magothy River. From there, the newspaperman, who loved the land but shunned farm work, would hitch a ride daily to the train depot at Robinson Station, traveling in a horse-drawn wagon along his dirt road and then through the property of his neighbors, the Arnolds.

The electric train, its tracks now the site of the B&A Trail Park, took him to his job in Baltimore. McKinsey died in 1950.

If you have information about or photos of the school's construction or its opening, call Diane Benischek, 410-315-8767.

Fund-raiser needs sellers

Woods Child Development Center has planned its annual Barely Used Sale of children's and household items from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 in the parking lot at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church on B&A Boulevard in Old Severna Park.

The sale will take place, rain or shine.

Sellers are needed. Information: Leslie Schoener, 410-544-2550.

Church plans blood drive

Give the gift of life at the American Red Cross blood drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Severna Park United Methodist Church on Benfield Road.

Appointments: David Hexter, 410-315-9893.

Academy has open house

Chesapeake Academy has scheduled an open house from 8: 30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Oct. 14.

Perspective families are invited to tour the campus, visit classes and meet current parents and staff.

Information: 410-647-9612.

Club plans fashion show

The 21st annual Severn Town Club fashion show begins with a cash bar at 11 a.m. at the Annapolis Holiday Inn on Oct. 15.

Fall fashions will be from Charter Club and Georgiou Inc., both in Annapolis Mall.

Tickets are $25, and tables for 10 are available. Reservations: Rose Brice, 410-757-5260.

Pub Date: 10/01/98

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