Choral society to launch the holidays


November 16, 1998|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ASK HUNDREDS OF people what they do in early December and, without looking at their calendars, they'll probably say, "Listen to Carroll County Choral Society perform at Westminster High School."

For more than 20 years, the first weekend of December has been the weekend to hear holiday favorites. This year the choral society's "It's the Holiday Season" performance will take place at 7: 30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Members hope folks will note the change to Monday and Tuesday early enough to attend.

Under the direction of Herb Sell, the group will perform sacred and secular Christmas music. Beverly Wells will be the accompanist, with Lew Keyser on drums and Gary Mauck on bass.

In the past, as many as 450 people have attended the annual concerts as their traditional start to the holiday season. Admission is free, although donations will be accepted.

"The concerts are fun evenings filled with entertainment for people of all ages," said Ronnie Bohn, a member of Carroll County Choral Society for 27 of the group's 29 years of existence.

Information: 410-549-6827 or 410-848-9080.

Books are best bet

People tired of purchasing unnecessary plastic objects that beep, bend or roar should consider Christmas shopping at one of the school book fairs this week.

Aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, mom and dad -- book fairs offer variety for everyone, even though they are held at elementary schools. Hardbacks and paperbacks, posters, pencils, journals, bookmarks, folders, erasers, craft kits, and compact discs make great gifts or stocking stuffers.

Book fairs pull in as much as $3,000 for some schools, and the money is often used to purchase books or furniture for school libraries.

"If parents are looking for quality books that are affordable, the HTC book fair is great," said Peggy Slater, media specialist at Robert Moton Elementary School. "People just need to check in at the office before they shop."

Terry Winters, a volunteer at Friendship Valley Elementary School, said, "There are book packages of four to five books with popular titles like 'Goosebumps' for as little as $4."

Book Fairs in the area include: Robert Moton Elementary, today through Friday and Nov. 23 and 24, evening hours Nov. 24, 410-751-3610; Charles Carroll Elementary, today through Friday, evening hours tomorrow, 410-751-3211; Friendship Valley Elementary School, today through Friday, evening hours today, ,410-751-3650.

Carroll's ghosts

The 1998 expanded edition of "Ghosts and Legends of Carroll County" is available at all local libraries. Published by Carroll County public library, the book contains versions of some of the best of Carroll County's folklore.

"This book has always been a good Carroll County gift, along with the pumpkin pies, fresh produce and apple cider you can get at this time of year, because the stories and poems are all a product of the land and the people: their humor, and hopes, and dreams and fears," wrote Jesse Glass Jr., the compiler of "Ghosts and Legends."

Glass is a native Carroll countian who lives and teaches in Japan.

Stories of the Westminster ghosts who haunt Cockey's Tavern and the Opera House appear. The last Carroll County Native American and the haunted silver mine at Silver Run are included.

Stories new to the 1998 edition include "Who Stole Judge Parker's Wine?" "The Hoop Snakes of Carroll County," "The Ghost of the City Hotel" and poetry by Glass.

Glass has published stories and poems in local newspapers, literary journals and poetry magazines in America, Europe, and Japan.

The expanded edition costs $5, plus tax. Information: 410-876-6008.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 11/16/98

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