Trinity Fall Festival draws a great crowd on a great day


October 19, 1998|By Sally Voris | Sally Voris,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DIANE JACOBS of Ellicott City reported a great day, a great crowd, a great event at the Trinity Fall Festival yesterday at the Trinity School.

"It's very Trinity," the spokeswoman for the Home and School Association said of the festival. That's because "everybody's involved," she said.

The private Catholic school has been run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur since 1933.

Small, Tudor-style buildings sit close to a forest of tulip poplar trees, overlooking rolling fields between Landing and Ilchester roads.

The grounds are beautiful in the fall, said Sister Catherine Phelps, the principal, and the event is "great fun for the entire family."

Bruce Leaman, chairman of the Home and School Association, coordinated the festival.

Included were a farmers' market, a Beanie Baby wheel, a book fair, indoor and outdoor games, a Pot-of-Gold raffle, a theme-basket raffle and a teachers' silent auction.

In the auction, people bid on an opportunity to make and decorate a gingerbread house, have a storytelling party, play doubles tennis, attend a men's soccer game or fly a kite -- all with members of the faculty.

Among the prizes was the chance to be principal for a day.

A raffle for classroom theme baskets -- with a different theme for each grade -- is a school tradition.

Over the years, the festival has become a major fund-raiser in which all school committees and faculty participate.

Show house closes

Historic Ellicott City Inc. has completed its fund-raiser -- the 14th Annual Decorator Show House.

This year, designers and landscapers decorated White Hall, a stately historic home surrounded by woods at the end of Chatham Road.

The home was sold to Ann and Bill Hugel last year by Hamilton Hains and Thomas Hains, great-great-grandsons of Charles W. Dorsey. Dorsey bought the property in 1822.

After visiting last year's Decorator Show House, Lilburn, the Hugels approached Historic Ellicott City Inc. and volunteered their home as a site for the next show house.

They had renovated a historic home in Anne Arundel County but decided to move to Howard County for its schools.

The Hugel's son, Matt, started kindergarten at Northfield Elementary School this year.

Matt invited school staff members to visit his house. Only later did they realize that his home was the Decorator Show House.

Chairwoman Janet Kusterer says the fund-raiser relies on the dedication and teamwork of many people. Kusterer estimates that volunteers contributed about 20,000 hours to present the show house, which was open to the public for four weeks and five weekends.

Charlotte Hains, who lived in White Hall with her husband, Hamilton -- one of the previous owners -- volunteered often as show house historian.

Lee Belding was design chairman.

Rick Weinkam and Gerry Wilson were on the design review committee.

Pat Fleegle and Kelly Cummings coordinated the preview party, held Sept. 10.

Connie Scholl opened the house and took charge of the office, where Evelyn Hanna assisted.

Barbara Fitzgerald organized the admissions desk, and Charlotte Holland and Karen Griffith sold advance tickets.

Lorna Ozgun and Betty Gitt organized hostess staffing.

Connie Siegel, Jeff and Shelly Wygant, Kathryn Seck and Herb and Jesselyn Johl solicited advertising for the program book.

Frank DiPietro and Giuliana Cox worked on landscaping. Anne Madden helped maintain the gardens.

Roland Bounds was legal counsel.

Pat Sadler handled the raffle, and Janet's husband, Tom Kusterer, was Show House treasurer.

Volunteers from the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, coordinated by Ed Williams, the museum director, handled shuttle parking on a field lent by Valerie and Paul Miller.

When the Millers' field became unusable because of rain, First Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection offered their parking lots.

Kusterer added that the event assists the mission of Historic Ellicott City Inc. -- "to preserve these old houses and to find new uses for old houses."

Three former decorator show houses -- Mount Ida, Mount Hebron (owned by Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church) and the Elkridge Furnace Inn -- received substantial help with their renovation efforts as a result of being decorated as show houses.

A different kind of tour

Another, entirely different, tour will be offered Saturday.

The Maryland Recyclers Coalition will sponsor tours of the BFI Recycling Facility on Washington Boulevard in Elkridge from 9 a.m. to noon.

The tours, which last about 50 minutes, will show how recyclables are processed.

Tour members will follow the flow of material through the facility. They will see how material arrives, how the waste is removed, how the material is sorted and baled (if it's paper) or crushed (if it's aluminum).

The coalition is sponsoring 16 tours at other facilities around the state tomorrow through Nov. 14 to mark America Recycles Day, which is Nov. 15.

Tours are available for small school groups.

Reservations are required.

Information: Marie Anderson, Maryland Recyclers, 410-974-4472.

Spaghetti dinner

A few miles down the road, you can enjoy a spaghetti dinner and bake sale Saturday sponsored by Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Jessup.

The dinner will be held in the Jessup Community Hall, Route 175 and Wigley Avenue.

Neil Duty will cook his homemade spaghetti sauce, with Dave Tyson assisting in the kitchen.

Adults can savor the all-you-can-eat extravaganza for $6; children 12 and younger eat for $3.50.

Information: Ann Mullan, 410-799-3425.

Young journalists

The staff of Howard High School's paper, the Lion's Tale, has won second place in the scholastic journalism contest sponsored by Quill and Scroll, an international journalists' organization.

Gala reunion

Grace Episcopal Church Child Care Center in Elkridge is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala reunion on Nov. 7.

Grace Church member Debbie Metzler and Holly Forejt, director of the Child Care Center, are organizing the event.

Information: 410-796-4561.

Pub Date: 10/19/98

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