Spring flowers include hardy survivor


April 20, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAVEN'T THE flowers been spectacular this spring? The cherry trees along Crofton Parkway were breathtaking. The Bradford pears, Chinese magnolias, forsythia and daffodils have been beautiful. Now come the flowering peaches, the tulips and all the annuals local gardeners coddle into glory. Of all the flowers in our yard, my favorite is a poinsettia growing in the back part of our flower bed. It's the one flower that's resisted my talent for killing plants.

My husband has a true green thumb. He can make anything grow. But no matter how careful his instructions to me, my husband can be sure I'll kill at least one plant every time he goes on a trip. I can never tell if the curling leaves mean a plant is thirsty or drowning.

The day after Thanksgiving, when I saw poinsettias in the grocery store, there was only one reason I bought a plant. It was cheap. When the flower died, as I was sure it would, I wouldn't have wasted too much money.

That red flower reigned over our dining room table through Christmas and January. On Valentine's Day, the red seemed appropriate. That flower just kept on going all through March. Finally, on the day before Easter, I thought it looked a little silly. I went to the grocery store and bought an Easter lily. My husband planted the poinsettia outside. Well, the Easter lily has died. But that poinsettia is going strong among the spring flowers. It just makes me smile to see it.

School to offer `Side Show'

The Arundel Players of Arundel High School will present the world high school premiere of the musical "Side Show" at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Larry Mintline, faculty sponsor of the drama group, saw the performance on Broadway. When he looked into receiving permission for Arundel to present the play, he found that its publishers were holding a competition to determine which high school would be given first rights to perform "Side Show." Much to the students' delight, Arundel was chosen.

The show is the story of the life and loves of Siamese twin sisters Daisy and Violet Hilton. Daisy, played by senior Joanna Woronkowicz, aspires to a career on the stage. Her sister, Violet, played by sophomore Maryn Ferguson, dreams of being a wife and mother. How can Siamese twins achieve different life goals? And how can their boyfriends deal with loving two separate women who are inextricably linked?

Joshua Orto, Clint Garner, David Jackson and Richard Callahan play the other starring roles in this fascinating musical production, assisted by supporting actors Laura Crispin, James Haupt, Brad Moore, Heidi Krause, Adam Lehman, John Houchens, Elizabeth Palmieri, Dan Parmentier, Jessica Roldan, Eric Tesch, Amy Anderson, Monique Hawkins, Jennifer Lee, Kristin Nardone, Georgia Maricle, Greta Thorson, Andrew Mlynarski, Josh Snyder and Dean VerStraten.

On the evening of each performance, a pre-show ballyhoo will begin at 6: 45 p.m. Tickets are available from cast members or by calling 410-674-6500, Ext. 210. Ticket prices are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Crofton Craft Fair

The Crofton Town Club will sponsor the Spring Craft Fair on the Village Green from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The fair has become a favorite part of the Crofton community tradition, with scores of artists, crafters and community groups meeting amid the trees and spring flowers. As organizer Patti McLain said, "This event sells itself."

Her co-chairwoman Lois Carrier added that Saturday's fair will feature contemporary jazz music presented by Francois LaReuse and his band. Teen-agers from Arundel and Spalding High School Key clubs will assist the organizers from the town club.

Information: 410-721-7265 or 410-721-6977.

Local student featured

The other day, I was leafing through my Time magazine when I did a double take. Wait a minute, that picture sure looks like Richard Callahan.

It was. He was featured as one of 100 national student recipients of the Radio Shack/Tandy Scholars program, recognizing achievement in mathematics, science and computer science.

An Arundel High senior, he is an Eagle Scout, National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and member of Arundel's National Honor Society and Drama Club.

Pub Date: 4/20/99

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