Regatta audience of two waits, waits some more


October 07, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I HATE TO BE the one to tell you this, but I don't see any boats out here,'' my sister said. "I don't see any judges, and I don't see any race. Can we go to Price Club now?"

Ignoring her, I continued to sit on the pier, gazing out toward the water, waiting, waiting.

"OK, maybe you could have missed one of the races. A couple of guys rowing in the morning mist while you were answering the phone or something. But to have missed. " she paused, then read aloud from my column of the previous week, " 'hundreds of rowers from colleges and clubs'? I think you need to admit there's been a mistake."

There could be no mistake. I was told there was a rowing regatta. I wrote about a rowing regatta. Somewhere out on that water was a rowing regatta.

"Well, maybe they decided that they would all get together in one single, efficient race instead of several 'races of single-crewers, doubles, foursomes and crews of eight'," she continued to read aloud. "We could have missed that when we ran up to the 7-Eleven for another gallon of orange juice for the mimosas."

Suddenly the calm of the autumn morning was interrupted by a sound wafting across the water. Was it the gentle swoosh of the oars slicing through the water? The haunting echo of the coxswain calling "stroke, stroke"? The cheer of the crowds lining the shore to encourage the athletes to test their stamina?

"I think it's those two guys on the jet skis dragging that case of Coors Light behind them in an inner tube," suggested my sister.

Just another day at the races, Glen Burnie.

The annual Ariel Head of the Patapsco rowing regatta scheduled for Saturday was postponed after last week's column was published. No new date has been set. On the bright side, I still get paid for the column.

Fellowship and nature

Whether they plan to sleep in a tent or a pop-up camper, cook over a roaring fire or in the microwave of a 21-foot motor home, the members of Harundale Presbyterian Church's Campers' Club will have one goal, a desire to celebrate Christian fellowship while enjoying the beauty of nature.

Still in the initial planning stages, the outreach ministry began when Bill and Sue Copes wanted to find an organized way to share their new hobby with other church members.

"We're looking for a chance to enjoy good fellowship with others with Christian values," said Bill Copes.

They've started with short weekend trips, but the Copeses hope to see the club take longer trips.

The past few years have been full of new adventures for the Copes family. After raising a family that includes 11 grandchildren, the couple were pleasantly surprised to welcome addition to their family -- daughter Kelsey was born five years ago.

"We enjoyed boating for years. Then, when our daughter was born, we decided to try something different," Copes said.

The couple sold the boat, bought a motor home and took Kelsey on the road. In time they decided it would be nice to enjoy their trips with people of shared values, and the Campers Club resulted.

Members of the church interested in joining the Campers Club can get register after services. Depending on the level of interest in the club, the first meeting will be in December or January.

For additional information, call Bill Copes, 410-760-2036.

20-year reunion

Members of Glen Burnie High School's Class of 1979 should mark their calendars -- their 1999 calendars -- for their 20-year reunion, scheduled for 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 16, 1999, at Michael's Eighth Avenue.

The $29 ticket includes a bull roast-shrimp feast.

In preparation for the event, organizers are "looking for lost people," notes Gretchen Daniels Smith. Though the last reunion drew more than 200 guests from a class of almost 700, Smith notes that there are "tons we can't find."

For information or to provide names and addresses for missing ** alumni, call Smith at 410-437-4362 or Linda Moyer McPheron, 410-761-7402.

Special-needs children

The Family Involvement Center begins the new school year with a program directed at parents of special-needs children.

"How Is the New School Year Going?" will be presented 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Marley Glen Special School, 200 Scott Ave. Counselor and facilitator Lois Phillip will address the meeting.

Open to parents of children attending public and private county schools, the center offers a wide range of classes, workshops, counseling and support. Most programs are free, but advance registration may be required.

To register for any classes or for additional program information, call 410-222-6429.

Pub Date: 10/07/98

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