Hundreds turn out for Halloween parade


November 02, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A HALLOWEEN PARADE 14 years ago convinced me that I wanted to live in Crofton. A friend had invited me and my toddlers to visit for the day and to watch the parade with her family.

The sun gleamed from a clear blue sky through trees of orange and yellow leaves. The children were all dressed in their Halloween finery, and the parents were just beaming their love. I decided that this was the kind of community I wanted for my family.

So we moved to Crofton, and we've enjoyed the parade every year since.

Saturday's parade was picture perfect -- clear blue skies, gorgeous trees, lots of great music and costumes and holiday excitement.

Crofton Kiwanis President Jim McGuire, whose organization sponsors the annual event, led his club's contingent along the route. The Arundel High School Marching Band provided spirited music. Its color guard added a Halloween twist by donning seasonal costumes.

Amy Dye was a peacenik from the '60s. Michelle Hudson dressed as Carmen and Caitlin McBreen as Sevillana from the opera "Carmen."

Angie Gupta and Allison Estes had fun with split costumes: Angie sported an angel's halo with a devil's body, while Allison had the devil's head and angel's body.

The parade also featured horses and trucks, and Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkin. But the most important part was the contingent of hundreds of area children in their Halloween costumes.

Nicholas and Kenny Garner were twin Hershey kisses, accompanied by big brother M&M Timmy. Ronny Mentzer was proud of his scary-pumpkin mask. Lexie Tutwiler perched in her child safety seat, dressed as Tweety bird inside a big golden bird cage.

Her big sister, Hayley Tutwiler, had fun playing around the cage as a mischievous Sylvester the Cat.

Veronica Elizabeth Capo dressed up as an elegant Barbie. Her little sister, Heather, was an adorable Pooh Bear. Caitlin Richards looked wistful as she carried her suitcase, waiting for an unforgettable journey. She was dressed as Rose, setting off on the Titanic's maiden voyage.

Liam Garrett's festive Christmas tree costume was a real crowd-pleaser.

Paintings on display

What are you going to be when you grow up? We ask children that question all the time. But even when someone's grown up, the question is still worth asking.

Grace Walker, a homemaker, enjoying retirement with her husband, John, a retired military officer, decided to try out an art class at the Pascal Senior Center -- just for the fun of it.

Grace discovered that she enjoyed painting and has created the beautiful artwork that decorates her home.

This month, Grace's paintings will be displayed at the Harundale Library in Glen Burnie. The exhibit's opening will be marked by a reception at the library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Fighting mental retardation

The Kiwanis Club of Crofton has placed red canisters in community businesses to collect donations for the Kiwanis International program to combat mental retardation.

The Waugh Chapel 7-Eleven, Shoreline Seafood, 424 Liquors, Eddie's Place, Crofton Mobil, R and V Wine and Spirits, Soda Pop Shop Mart and Deli, and Priest Bridge Blimpies will have the canisters available for those who want to support this charity.

Kiwanis is a nonprofit, worldwide organization providing communities with service and education.

The Crofton chapter meets at 7: 30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Walden Golf Club.

Ginny Espie and Jackie Tucker are co-chairs of the Red Canister project. Information: Espie, 410-721-0246.

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