WHAT'S WRONG now?" my sister asked as she encountered the obvious tension inside the kitchen.
"It's her," my oldest son accused as he pointed in my direction. "She wants to go the mall to pick out something stylish for me to wear in the Mr. Glen Burnie pageant."
This information made my sister collapse on the floor in uncontrollable giggles. "You buying something stylish. " She was practically convulsing.
Offended, I noted that I only wanted to help my son fulfill the dream of all pageant parents -- capturing the Mr. GB crown then sharing a float in the Glen Burnie Memorial Day parade with the reigning Miss Teen Maryland. She stopped laughing and looked concerned.
"I wonder if there's a 12-step program for your specific delusion?" she mused. "Anyhow, I have to agree with my nephew. Your style is just a little too odd."
I didn't ask her to explain. She elected to share anyway.
"I mean, it's one thing to buy all your shoes at Payless, it's another to share this information with everyone within visual distance of your feet. And don't forget that month you insisted on wearing a tiara to work. Let's face it, you have hair like Ellen DeGeneres -- the final television season," she concluded cheerfully as she and my son left for the mall in search of a fashion statement. Three hours later they returned with a white, button-down collar shirt.
I suspect I'll be saving a seat on the curb at the parade for both of them.
Strike a pose, Glen Burnie.
Pageant is tonight
Tickets are still available for the "Mr. Glen Burnie" pageant at 7 p.m. today in the Glen Burnie High School auditorium, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Sixteen male students will vie for the title, with Josh Spiegel from radio station WXYV (102.7 FM) as the master of ceremonies. Judging the contest will be members of the school's cafeteria staff. Tickets for the event are on sale at all lunch periods today for $4. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $5.
Help for the homeless
Amber Coffman, Miss Teen Maryland 1998 and founder and director of Glen Burnie's Happy Helpers for the Homeless will celebrate her 17th birthday Saturday with a party for homeless people at VFW Post 160.
This is the fifth year Coffman and her group have spent her birthday providing a hot lunch and gifts of toiletries, clothing, shoes and watches to area homeless men and women.
Every Saturday since 1993, Happy Helpers have met to prepare box lunches for distribution to homeless people in Baltimore. Last weekend, the nonprofit organization honored several volunteers who have participated in the weekly luncheon program.
Amber and her mother, Bobbi Coffman, presented 16-year-old Angie Gwin with a medallion for 400 hours of service. Roscoe Hager, also 17, received a pin for his 350 hours of work. Lindsay Renninger, 14, and Kristen Dixon, 16, each received a crystal award for 300 hours of volunteer work.
Pins were given to volunteers Lindsay Rupprecht, 19, for 250 hours; Edward Potter, 16, and Lisa Donadoni, 13, for 200 hours; Gerard Jones, 15, Rachel Reed, 12, Danielle Reed, 12, Annie Peroutka, 17 and Ben Bruce, 17, for 100 hours.
Justin Rider, 13, Alexis Chinery, 7, Travis Chinery, 6, Steve Ludwig, 24, and Katie Tillman, 7, were honored with plaques for their work.
Information on donations to the Happy Helpers: 410-766-4973.
More than 250 children with special needs enjoyed a day of fun Saturday when the Father McGivney Council of the Knights of Columbus provided an afternoon of fun and games at the Ruth Eason Special School in Millersville, according to Bill Brown, chairman of the event.
This was the 13th year the men's association welcomed both ambulatory and nonambulatory handicapped children from throughout the county to enjoy games such as bean bag toss, bowling, football throw and golf putting. Members of the Marley group volunteered their time and energy to set up and run the booths to ensure all participants had a good time.
Beanie Baby sale
The craze for collecting cuddly stuffed animals comes to town when Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School hosts a Beanie Baby sale from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the school's multipurpose room, 120 Dorsey Road.
Manufactured by the Ty Co., the small toys with names such as Pugsley the Dog, Nanook the Wolf and Erin the Bear, are as familiar to collectors as the names Cal Ripken and Brooks Robinson are to baseball card collectors.
The show will include new and retired Beanies as well as the larger Beanie Buddies and Ty Pillow Pals. Prices are determined by the collectible value of each toy.
Pub Date: 2/24/99