Concert series to begin today in Linthicum Park


June 27, 1999|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SWING, BLUEGRASS, big-band, patriotic, spiritual, modern pop and other musical styles you enjoy will be found in the 19th summer concert series, sponsored by the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs' Linthicum Heights chapter, starting today in Linthicum Park on Benton Avenue.

Concerts in the Park, a series of seven performances, begins at 6 p.m. with the Doc Dikeman Combo, a five-piece group whose specialty is music from the '40s.

The combo is a group within the Washington-based Doc Dikeman Orchestra, founded by Virginia dentist Theron L. "Doc" Dikeman. The combo was established to bring the swing and jazz music of the 1940s to smaller functions and facilities.

FOR THE RECORD - The 19th Concerts in the Park series, sponsored by the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs' Linthicum Heights chapter, starts Sunday, July 4, in Linthicum Park on Benton Avenue. The wrong start date was listed in Sunday's Neighbors column because of an editing error. The Sun regrets the error. The concert begins at 6 p.m., and features the Doc Dikeman Combo and music from the '40s. Information: 410-859-3308 or 410- 859-5175.

Of the more than 300 songs in their repertoire are favorites such as "In the Mood" and "Jersey Bounce."

Dikeman leads the group on his saxophone. Playing piano is Alex Smith, who was a music arranger for Henry Mancini. On bass is Lou Hines, formerly of Bowie, who played for 20 years with the U.S. Navy Band's Commodores, the Navy's premier jazz ensemble. On trumpet is Don Junker, who played with Woody Herman. Rounding out the group is drummer George Carroll, whose credentials include playing with Ray McKinley, who took over part-leadership of the Glenn Miller Orchestra after Miller died during World War II.

The other concerts scheduled are:

July 11: Bay Winds Concert Band

July 18: Roger and the Real Good Pickers

July 25: Baltimore Symphonic Band

Aug. 1: Dundalk Sweet Adelines

Aug. 8: Crabtowne Big Band

Aug 15: U.S. Naval Academy Band.

All concerts are at 6 p.m. Bring a picnic and chairs or blankets for seating. Concerts are canceled in the event of rain.

Information: Jo Barker, music committee chairwoman, 410-859-3308, or co-chairwoman Charlotte Wheller, 410-859-5175.

Lions Club inductions

Bob Muchow, past district governor of District 22-A, installed Marlene Stivers as president of the Linthicum Lions Club at a dinner Monday at Terry's Place on Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn.

Other officers installed included: Sharon Wunder, first vice president; Tom Durkin, second vice president; Tammy Durkin, third vice president; John Watkins, secretary; Peggy Samuels, treasurer; Bill Williamson, Walt Eger, Beth Sandifer and Wanda Moxley, directors; Tom Durkin, tail twister; and Melvin Simmons, lion tamer.

Simmons was surprised when he was presented with a Melvin Jones Fellowship in recognition of his commitment to serving the community. Named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, the fellowship is the foundation's highest honor and is recognition of a commitment to humanitarian service.

Simmons was presented with a plaque, letter of recognition from Lions International and a lapel pin. Only three other members of the Linthicum Lions have received this award since the club was chartered in 1947. Joining in the celebration were Simmons' children, grandchildren, sister-in-law and a brother, Vernon Simmons (also a Lions member), who drove from West Virginia to see his brother accept the award.

The Linthicum Lions Club completed nine new projects under the leadership of Sandifer, the outgoing president. The club gave assistance to Happy Helpers for the Homeless, including a donation of 600 personal-care amenity bags to be distributed to the homeless. They held the first "Lions International Peace Poster Contest" with youth from St. John Lutheran Church; the club's winning poster advanced and won the District 22-A Lions competition. They lent their support to Sarah's House, Hearth House and the Children's Home of Catonsville.

Members have participated in hands-on projects at the Chesapeake Hospice House, Hilltop Elementary School and Partners in Care, an organization that helps the elderly in our community. The club is now sponsoring Linthicum Brownie Troop No. 1355 and participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The club sponsored a youth team that raised more than $800 for the Cancer Society.

The club continues to support Lions Camp Merrick (a summer camp for hearing-impaired children and children with diabetes), conducting a quilt raffle that raised $1,700 for the camp. The club also sponsored a blind child to a week at camp. The club made donations to Partners in Care, North County Emergency Outreach Network, the Concert in the Park series, Arundel Singers, Leader Dog for the Blind, Maryland School for the Blind, Lions Vision Research Foundation and the Lions Vision 2000 program at Johns Hopkins Hospital's Wilmer Eye Clinic.

The club also enjoyed social activities including a Community Appreciation Night, a Mystery Bus Trip, a Family Fun Night and a bus trip to Atlantic City.

Lions Club members are part of the world's largest service organization and volunteer their time to humanitarian causes. Worldwide, they are recognized for their service to the blind and hearing-impaired.

Information: 410-672-6032.

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