Savage Fest is a smash, thanks to tireless crew


June 11, 1999|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE 10TH Savage Fest was a crashing success. The weather was perfect. It was a great opportunity to meet and greet old friends.

Jan Arnold, for many years Savage's "postal lady," was there with her daughter Corinne.

As always, Jan Arnold was wearing the purple-colored clothes she's known for. She dyes her clothing to be sure that everything she wears is purple.

When she delivered the mail several years back, she even drove a purple jeep.

Corinne was one of the original organizers of the fest and coordinated it for three years. This year, she was sitting at a booth on Baldwin Commons, selling silver jewelry.

There were pony rides and pedal cars (vehicles made from 55-gallon plastic drums), crafts to buy and, as always, way too much to eat.

This wonderful town party would not have been possible without the efforts of activists Bill and Ellen Waff of the Savage Community Association. Bill usually solicits sponsors; Ellen organizes the craft show.

This year, two couples shared the responsibilities and title of general coordinator: Charla and Joe Long, and Linda and Neil Doran. There was plenty to coordinate -- booths, stage, parade, street closings -- all the details that make a big community project successful.

Bobbie Fairall organized the entertainment; Warren Williams got the permits filled out; Mary Ann Gardes publicized the event; and Cathy Whitehead solicited door prizes from merchants.

On Main Street with Dad

Father's Day is coming. And if, like many dads, yours is tough to shop for, here's an idea.

Dads like a great time with their kids, especially if model trains, classic cars or jazz are involved. All this and more will be available free at the third Friends of Laurel Historic Main Street Arts and Crafts and Antique Show on June 19, the day before Father's Day.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the friends group has planned a great family-friendly time at Sixth and Main streets in Laurel.

According to Fiona Moxam, one of the organizers, among the most popular offerings is the $5 antique appraisal.

"It's our version of the `Antiques Road Show,' " she said. The PBS television program invites members of the public to bring items to be appraised by professionals from auction houses and art dealers.

More than 50 antiques dealers -- one from as far away as Williamsburg, Va. -- have agreed to appraise items brought in by the public for just $5 an item from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the show.

According to Moxam, appraisals usually cost $100 or more, so this is a bargain for those who are wondering what that thing is that Auntie Matilda gave them for a wedding gift years ago. The $5 fee will go to Friends of Laurel to help serve the community.

Antique car buffs are bringing vehicles to display at the show. Laurie Blitz, whose family owns Laurel Automotive on Main Street, rounded up many of the cars from customers and acquaintances. Included are Chevys, Studebakers and a 1941 brilliant yellow Willys coupe -- a low-rider with a chromed engine.

It's an opportunity to see some well-maintained classics.

A 20-foot model train display, set up by Laurel antiques dealer Sam Geiser, will be available for those who love the intricacy of model sets or have childhood memories of those magical machines chugging their way around the Christmas tree.

Laurel jazz guitarist Paul Napura will perform, as will the Carl Cornwell Trio of Laurel and guitarist Michael Baker.

Rounding out the musical offerings are the Eubie Blake Sextet and the Potomac Jazz Orchestra, which will perform from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To liven things up a bit, Laurel magician Paul Henning will entertain the public with acts of prestidigitation.

A big attraction will certainly be the Chinese Lion and Dragon Dance. Martial arts instructor Derek Johnson of the Jow Ga Kung Fu Athletic Association will perform the dance.

And there will be opportunities to shop. More than 50 antiques dealers will sell their wares, along with an assortment of artisans selected for their unusual, well-made craft items.

The site at Sixth and Main includes Victorian-style buildings backed by woods bordering on the Patuxent River.

It's a fine place to picnic while listening to jazz -- and have a great time with Dad.

Looking forward

The school year is ending and PTAs have elected officers for next year.

Laurel Woods Elementary PTA officers are Cindy Bresson, president; Cathy Alexander, vice president; Kathi Urban, secretary; Pat Flynn, treasurer; and Shannon Cornell and Cassandra Davis, PTA Council delegates.

Forest Ridge Elementary officers are Fred Landy, president; Nancy Peters, first vice president; Molly Dice, second vice president; Bette DiCamillo, treasurer; Sandy Benz, recording secretary; Karen Waters, corresponding secretary; and Vidia Dhanraj, delegate to the PTA Council. Thank you for volunteering your time to make these schools better.

They tuned out

Forest Ridge Elementary School's PTA has announced that more than 100 Forest Ridge pupils participated in the "Turn Off the TV" campaign.

More than 60 students kept the tube off for a week, while the rest committed to shorter stints without television.

Congratulations for a fine effort. It's tough to miss your favorite programs.

Art in the summer

The Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Laurel is offering art classes throughout the summer.

Classes range from pottery for children to comic book drawing for teens to fused-glass jewelry for adults. Most begin the week of July 5. Most of the adult classes meet in the evenings. Costs range from $45 to $125.

Classes will be held at the Arts Center, the old barn on the grounds of Montpelier Mansion, off Routes 198 and 295.

Information: 301-953-1993.

Pub Date: 6/11/99

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