Karaoke contest hits right note at Cheers


October 20, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THEY CAME READY TO sing at the Cheers Lounge in Eldersburg on Saturday evening.

More than two dozen brave souls entertained the crowd and vied for prizes in the lounge's first karaoke contest. The contest was held in cooperation with karaoke company RLO Products, radio station COLT 104.3 FM and Cheers Lounge.

Cheers manager Bob Bruner saw the event as a good way to help replenish area food pantries and to bring a crowd to the lounge. Admission to the contest was an item of canned food; most patrons brought more.

"We collected boxes and boxes of food," Bruner said. "The people were really generous with what they brought."

Disc jockeys from the Baltimore radio station and a music store retailer judged the event. Prizes were donated by local retailers and businesses.

It was an all-male finish with Ricky Oaker taking the top prize. Second place went to Jess Ronis, third to Mike Backoff and fourth to Allen Forney. The winners chose from prizes such as free studio recording time, an electric guitar, a karaoke package and a weekend for two in the Bahamas.

"We had a great crowd and the contestants were fantastic," said Bruner. "We'll definitely do this again."

Shrimp feast

Sons of the American Legion Sykesville Post No. 223 will sponsor a shrimp feast and Halloween dance from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the post on Slacks Road.

Steamed shrimp, fried chicken, salads and side dishes will be served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Draft beer, sodas and an open bar will be available. Dancing to Roll the Dice begins at 8 p.m. and ends at midnight.

Tickets are $25 and can be obtained by calling the post at 410-795-7242.

Basket bingo

Members of the Carroll County YMCA Piranhas swim team will hold basket bingo at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Hall on Route 32.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for light fare, and games begin at 7 p.m. Twenty games will be played with door prizes and raffles available. Raffle prizes include a large hamper, a two-pie basket and a holiday hostess basket.

Tickets are $10 in advance and may be purchased from any swim team member or by calling Bud Latham at 410-549-3069.

Piney Run programs

The Nature Center at Piney Run Park offers programs that highlight autumn.

Beautiful fall leaves will be used to decorate candles in a program for those 14 and older. The program will be held from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Thursday. Participants should bring one or two large candles or two to four small white or off-white candles. The cost is $3 for members and $4 for nonmembers.

Adults and families can canoe across the lake and enjoy a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9: 30 a.m. Saturday. Cove exploration will be included. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

All ages are invited to hike through the park for free from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday with guide Lorrie Voytek, who will help identify leaves and nuts and discuss how the deciduous trees prepare for winter.

To register, call the center at 410-795-6043.

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

Pub Date: 10/20/98

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