First Arts 2000 celebrates range of culture


January 26, 2000|By Heather Tepe | Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

VLADIMIR MARINICH does a pretty good imitation of Frankenstein's monster. Just ask the 30 people who attended his lecture on the history of horror films as part of First Arts 2000 -- a showcase of the arts held Saturday at Howard Community College in Columbia.

About 400 people attended such workshops, activities and performances as two children's operas, an open rehearsal of "The Mystery of Irma Vep," the HCC Jazz Ensemble and Native American poet Edgar Gabriel Silex, said Joan Phillippi, coordinator of the event.

"We were very pleased with the attendance," she said. "All of our workshops were filled."

Marinich is professor of social science and was the first faculty member to be hired by the college in 1970. He showed slides from horror films dating from the 1930s, including "The Bride of Frankenstein," "The Son of Frankenstein" and "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman."

His love for horror films began in a movie theater on 207th Street in New York City, he said, when he was 12 and went with a group of boys from school to see "House of Dracula."

"It scared the hell out of me, but I loved it," he said.

Marinich, who lives in River Hill with his wife, Barbara Livieratos, prefers older horror films to the newer ones. The older films leave more to the imagination, he said, while recent releases contain too much gore.

Eddie Davis, 60, a resident of Wilde Lake, enjoyed the workshop on horror films.

"Horror films in those days were a kid's delight," he said.

Delighted children, using yellow, blue and green paint, could be found working on a mural at Saturday's event. The kids were invited to express themselves using water-based paint on three 4-by-8-foot canvases. Parents and community college staff supervised.

Julie Reynolds held her son Jeremiah, 14 months, on her lap while older siblings Brittany, 9, Douglas, 7, and Nikki, 3, tried their hand at painting.

Fred Blackmon's children Tory, 9, and Brandon, 7, ended up with almost as much paint on their hair, skin and clothes as they put on the canvas.

The mural was displayed in the Galleria before the evening fund-raising concert, organized by Valerie Costantini, division chair for arts and humanities at the college.

Audience members paid $100 a ticket for a preshow reception and performances of "I Rise," featuring Rachel Spaght, "Wizard of Oz: in Concert" and selections from Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" performed by the Howard Community College Singers, Columbia Concert Band and Aurora Dance Company.

A highlight of the evening was the stage debut of County Executive James N. Robey, who made a cameo appearance in the "Wizard of Oz" as the Mayor of Munchkinland. Robey was the honorary chairman for First Arts 2000.

Earlier in the day, he had participated in the Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park, sponsored by the Maryland State Police. Robey and a crowd he estimated at 2,000 waded into the the 32-degree water of the Chesapeake Bay near the Bay Bridge. Robey wore a swimsuit.

In the evening, the county executive donned a fuzzy green vest with gold buttons, white shirt, black pants and a cream-colored hat and enthusiastically recited his lines as the Mayor of Munchkinland.

"They really didn't have to talk me into it," he said. "I have such great admiration for this community college and the talent they have here, I couldn't say no."

Klondike Derby

Members of Cub Scout Pack 618 joined 900 Scouts from the region at the Klondike Derby held Jan. 15 at Patapsco State Park.

"The derby is an opportunity for the kids to do something physical outside in the dead of winter," said pack leader Dan Foley.

Throughout the day, Scouts visited 11 stations set up along a hiking trail in the park.

For the "Anchorage Ski Team" event, six Scout teams stood on a pair of wooden "skis" -- planks of wood -- and moved together toward a finish line.

Coffee cans hanging from ropes in the trees served as targets for the Scouts at the "Harpoon the Whale" station. They took turns hurling broomsticks attached to ropes at the cans.

At a station called "White Out at Arctic Village," Scouts were blindfolded and were told to follow ropes strung through trees. As the boys navigated through the course, tape recorders played the sounds of howling winds, wolves and bears.

"The kids really liked that one," Foley said.

Another derby event, "Crossing the Yukon River," proved treacherous for den leader Rhonda Gabel. A rope was strung between trees across a small creek. A pulley was attached to the main rope and a loop suspended from the pulley. Scouts rode across the creek while standing in the loop.

Gabel decided to give the event a try. She fell into the creek, breaking her ring finger.

Other den leaders from Pack 618 attending the derby were luckier, reporting no injuries.

They were Doug Hallford, Charlie Ryan, Don Nellis, Rob Kolodner, Steve Kempler and Andy Pilon.

Twenty-seven Scouts from the pack attended the event. Among them were Adam Gable, Ben Gramling, Jake Shainline, Matthew Bayes, Joshua Deutschmann, Nathan Foley, Alex Kolodner, Matthew von der Lippe, William DeBoiessiere, Alex Kempler, Kevin Caffrey, David Keddy-Stacey, John Peterson, Daniel Yetter and Harry Jessell.

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