Star party a hit down to celestial-themed costumes, refreshments


April 12, 1999|By Sally Voris | Sally Voris,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TRAFFIC WAS stopped four blocks from Deep Run Elementary School as families flocked to the school's stargazing party Thursday evening.

The party -- the third spring event organized by Gifted and Talented Program teacher Heide Karpe -- was full of people and activities.

Many families with young children attended. They bought green cotton candy and "Alien Pops" to raise money for the Grant-a-Wish Foundation. They sampled food offered by local restaurants.

Astronaut Richard Heib spoke. Visitors watched a Mad Science show, checked out the Goddard Space Center and Challenger Center booths, attended a slide show and moon rock display by Fred Hickock of the Benjamin Banneker Planetarium, and enjoyed a tap-dancing performance.

The community had been invited to come dressed as stars, planets, suns, astronauts or aliens. Green or purple faces, headbands with glittery bobbing balls and costumes were common.

Many pupils displayed projects they had created about stars.

Second-grader Megan Johnson stood next to a board game she had invented, called "Race to the Sun." Dressed in black jeans, a black top and a poster-board sandwich in the shape of a yellow star, Megan taught visitors how to play the game.

On a hill behind the school, seven amateur astronomers set up telescopes. Among them were members of the Baltimore Astronomical Society -- Bill Brady, president, Mike Hall and Herman Heyn. The three sighted their telescopes on the Orion Nebula -- a set of four young stars with swirling gases around them.

Heyn, known as Baltimore's "street-corner astronomer," patiently showed each youngster the stars.

Vice Principal Steve Meconi said the spring events help build involvement by parents and get the students excited about learning.

Parents, some with well-behaved young children in tow, stayed until 11 p.m. to put the school back in shape, Meconi said.

Now in his second year at the school, Meconi says he "loves the community."

Methodist heritage

Ellicott City's United Methodist churches will celebrate their heritage at a service at 3 p.m. Sunday at Emory United Methodist Church in historic Ellicott City.

Seven United Methodist churches will participate: Bethany, Brown's Chapel, Emory, Mount Zion, Rockland, St. James and West Liberty.

Individuals and groups from the churches will provide music.

William B. McClain, professor of preaching at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, will give the sermon.

The Rev. Edwin Schell, executive secretary of the conference's United Methodist Historical Society, will describe the relationship between the churches and what Methodism was like in the 1800s.

Each church plans to display memorabilia at a reception after the service.

A shuttle bus with a ramp will be provided from the county courthouse parking lot to the church.

All are welcome. Information: 410-465-6162.


The cast of the 1982 production of "Oklahoma!" has been invited to see this year's production of the musical at Centennial High School.

Among those in this year's cast are Evan Casey, Ange Jones, Tom Fisher, Rob Mentz, and Lauren Koch.

Mo Dutterer directs; Lynn Graham accompanies and Carolyn Kelemen has choreographed. She choreographed the 1982 production, too.

Dutterer says "the Dream Ballet will be stunning" because of the talented students at the school this year.

"Oklahoma" will be presented at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2: 30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets for evening performances are $7; the matinee is $5.

Call 410-313-2856.

Local skaters

When the Columbia Figure Skating Club presents "That's Entertainment" on ice, several local residents will appear in lead roles.

Allison Barber, Sarah Daniels, Samantha Huntt, Stephanie Jarrett, Amy Jordan, Russ Rzemien, Ashley Virtue and Stephanie Wittbecker will take lead roles in dances to songs from popular musicals.

The club will present shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.

The production includes more than 100 skaters, ranging in age from 4 to adult.

Tickets are $8; children younger than age 3 get in free.

Information: 410-461-9948 or 410-381-4918.

Fingers in the dike

Seventh-graders Bobby Albin and Osman Ashai won a $1,000 savings bond for their fourth-place finish in the Duracell/National Science Teachers Association Scholarship Competition.

They invented "Leak Alert!" -- a circuit with a unique flexible sensor that finds water leaks.

The competition challenges sixth- through 12th-graders to design and create battery-powered devices that are educational, useful and entertaining.

Entries are judged on creativity, practicality, energy efficiency, and the clarity of an explanatory essay.

MOMS meet

The MOMS Club of Ellicott City -- sister chapter to the MOMS Club of Columbia (Moms Offering Moms Support) -- will hold an Open House at 9: 30 a.m. tomorrow at First Lutheran Evangelical Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City.

Light refreshments will be served.

Call Linda Lagala-Spano at 410-997-0682.

Quilters' show

The Milltown Quilters will hold shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at St. Paul's Church, 3755 St. Paul St., Ellicott City.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Dozens of pieces will be displayed, and a silent auction of small quilted items is planned.

A peddler's table will include used quilting books, magazines and quilting supplies.

Demonstrations will be offered, and a blue floral, queen-sized quilt titled "Spring Delight" will be raffled.

Admission is $3. Information: 410-730-4428.

Pub Date: 4/12/99

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