Gardener planning ahead for spring


October 16, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LEIGHTON BOURGIN of Savage is an avid gardener. Over the years, she has transformed the front of her lawn into a beautiful cottage garden.

And since plants thrive under her caring hands, she has often had to divide the perennials, leaving a surplus of plants.

These never went to waste. Bourgin planted some of her pampas grasses and low shrubs around Bollman Bridge Elementary School.

She did the same with day lilies and other plantings around the Savage library.

The results are beautiful.

Now Bourgin, whose two children attend the school, is planning for the first Bollman Bridge Elementary School Plant Sale to be held in the spring -- and she is requesting donations.

She is asking like-minded gardeners -- who are dividing their irises, perennials and shrubs -- to save the divisions for the sale.

Bourgin is even willing to overwinter the divisions in her garden.

Plants can be left in the Bollman Bridge Elementary School office.

Singers celebrate

Six of our neighbors who are singers with the Columbia Pro Cantare will be performing in a concert this month at the Washington National Cathedral in honor of Czechoslovakia's 80th anniversary as a republic.

Laurel residents Shirley Bockstahler-Brandt, Donald Butler, Carolyn Cregan, Cyndie Eberhardt, Matt Johnsen and Fran Williams will perform Czech music from four centuries as part of a monthlong celebration of the founding of the Republic of Czechoslovakia in 1918.

Sponsored by the Czech ambassador, Alexandr Vondra, the concert features Dvorak's "Te Deum," written for the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the New World, and other pieces.

Of note are "Fanfare for November 17" by Lukas Matousek, commissioned in 1990 by the Pro Cantare, and Karel Ruzicka's "Celebration Jazz Mass," which premiered in May at the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts in Columbia.

The composer and his son, Karel Jr., will lead a jazz ensemble in the Washington premiere of his work.

The Pro Cantare, soloists and the MusicCrafters Orchestra will be directed by Frances Motyca Dawson.

Tickets for the 7: 30 p.m. Oct. 28 performance are $15 to $25 and can be obtained by calling the Pro Cantare at 410-465-5744 or 410-799-9321.

Teacher of the year

Debbie Messer, an award-winning teacher at Hammond High School, is being wined and dined at the annual Maryland Teacher of the Year Gala today.

Messer will learn this evening whether she has won the award, for which she is competing with seven other finalists.

Messer is the Howard County Teacher of the Year.

'Our Town' on stage

Mark your calendar for the weekend of Nov. 12, when Hammond High's theater department will present "Our Town," by Thornton N. Wilder, a wonderful evocation of life in a small town.

Tickets are $4 in advance; $5 at the door.

It's a great way to introduce children and teens to the pleasures of live theater at the cost of a movie matinee.

Halloween carnival

St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton is holding its sixth Halloween Carnival from 6: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 30.

The popular event features a haunted house run by the church's youth group, games and raffles, a costume contest and a variety of goodies.

Ken McKelvin, known to the congregation as an excellent cook, will be serving up the delicious food.

The church at 11795 Route 216 is one mile west of U.S. 29 in Fulton.

Admission is $2 a person; $5 for a family of six.

Information: the church office before noon, 301-740-7228.

And thanks are due to Carole Chamberlain, the organizer of the Halloween mayhem.

Fall festival

Savage United Methodist Church is holding its fall festival Nov. 7.

The event features a ham-and-oyster supper with potatoes, string beans, coleslaw, coffee and dessert.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Those younger than 5 dine free.

Dinner begins at 3 p.m.; the arts and crafts fair begins at 2 p.m.

The church is at Baltimore and Foundry streets in Savage.

Tools for students

Hammond High's technology department is looking for tools for students to use in classes.

Hand tools -- such as hammers, screwdrivers, clamps, pliers, saws and drill bits -- are needed.

The department also needs brushes, latex paints, aprons and wood.

So do a good deed twice over: Clean your garage and help the school.

Bring items to the school's front office.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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