Carnival is over, but plenty of summer remains


August 11, 1999|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GLEN BURNIE'S major social event of the season is gone. And, at least this year, all of the major prize winners were local: Margo Fish Earley, Volkswagen Beetle; Geraldine Page, hot tub; Linda Frank, Ravens tickets; Alberta Wiggington, riding mower.

Just because the carnival is over doesn't mean there's not plenty to do in this town. Here are the top 10 ways to spend an August day in Glen Burnie.

10. So you didn't win the bug. The carnival might be over, but the grounds could hold a few surprises. Take your metal detector to the area where skyward looping rides (like the Zipper) were set up. I witnessed two flying flip-flops dropping from a ride -- who knows how many coins slipped from pockets?

9. Take a picnic lunch to Dorsey Road for a little plane watching. Give yourself five points each time that you get a good look at a pilot's face -- 10 points if you can identify the color of his eyes.

8. Travel just up the road to Saw Mill Creek Park. My friend met her husband here -- she was playing against one side of the tennis wall, he on the other. Three kids later, the whole family plays tennis. Make a love connection of your own -- or perfect your serve with a pickup game.

7. Test-drive the car of your dreams. Say what you will about Glen Burnie -- there's no shortage of car dealerships.

6. Take a seat at Ann's Dari Creme and order a foot-long hot dog with the works. Then watch the hardest-working waitresses in the business.

5. For dessert, check out one of Glen Burnie's many snowballs stands. But beware of unusual flavor blends. Could anyone but a kid like Ninja Turtle or Spice Girl?

4. If you prefer ice cream, try the new gelatos at Mikie's Restaurant & Carry Out (corner of Crain and Furnace Branch). Made on the premises, flavors like coconut chocolate chip are described as "too low-fat to be called ice cream." Yeah, right.

3. It's too hot for gardening, so dig up your roots at the Anne Arundel County Historical Society's library on Crain Highway.

2. Go from one end of town to the other in a flash. Go over the highway and through the woods along the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park as a walker, jogger, biker or in-line skater.

1. If you've never been first for anything in your life, start now. The target date for the opening of a Krispy Kreme Donuts on Ritchie Highway near Motor Vehicle Adminstration headquarters is Sept. 28. You could be the first in line. Don't forget your lawn chair and sleeping bag.

Summer strings

Local musicians will play at the fifth annual summer string concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Thirty-seven semiprofessional and amateur musicians will play violin, viola and cello under the direction of conductor Chris Gosper.

Maureen Griepentrog will accompany the orchestra on piano. The highlight of the evening will be violin soloist Brenda Anna, who will perform "Winter" and "Spring" from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." Goodwill offerings will be taken to benefit St. Paul's school and church building fund.

The church is at 308 Oak Manor Drive. Information: 410-766-2283.

Senior Health Fair

North Arundel Hospital will sponsor a free Senior Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Glen Burnie Elks Club in Severn.

Screenings will include colon cancer, cholesterol, blood sugar, pulmonary, stroke and blood pressure. Seniors can also review their medications with a pharmacist.

Information and displays on topics such as mental health, sleep disorders, Meals on Wheels and the Department of Aging will also be featured.

Representatives from North Arundel will accept applications for its new Senior Health Club, which will include pharmaceutical discounts and free flu shots.

The Elks Club is at Stevenson and Quarterfield roads. Information: 410-787-4367.

Parents without Partners

The local Parents without Partners chapter will hold an orientation for prospective members at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 3: 30 p.m. Aug. 29 at North County Area Library. The sessions will provide details on how the organization can benefit separated or divorced individuals who have children. Glen Burnie Chapter 81 of the nonprofit, nationwide organization was established in 1962 and has about 250 members.

Information: 410-787-2798.

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