Girl Scout displays take observers around the world


March 24, 2000|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE MOUNT AIRY Middle School cafeteria metaphorically transported parents and children to 12 countries last month, thanks to the Girl Scouts' annual Thinking Day.

This event celebrates the international bond of Girl Scouts and featured booths set up by troops. From kindergarten Daisy Scouts to high school Senior Scouts, the evening showcased a varied group of girls.

More than 100 girls attended. Display booths were set up to represent the following countries: Austria (Junior Troop 564), Australia (Brownie 652), Germany (Daisy 911), China (Brownie 279), India (Brownie 939), Egypt (Junior 852), Italy (Junior 1172), Spain (Brownie 1754), Holland (Brownie 872), Mexico (Junior 1494), Ireland (Brownie 1267) and Korea (Daisy 617).

The girls dressed in clothing that represented their country, and tables displayed pictures of the region, items representative of the country, and food, including Austrian chocolate balls, German lebkuchen, Indian bread with cardomon paste, Italian pizza, Mexican salsa, Irish almond cheesecakes and soda bread, and Korean caramel corn treats.

Several of the troops performed songs, danced, told stories and read poetry that related to their country. Members of Brownie Troop 279 wore brightly colored Chinese garb while members carried a papier-mache dragon head onto a stage, and Junior Troop 564 taught the audience several words in German.

At the Egypt display by Junior Troop 852, Junior Rachel Bartee and Cadets Rebecca Reiter and Kasey Keys discussed the history of pyramids and mummies.

Many of the girls had elaborate handmade costumes, from the Dutch aproned dresses to the Cleopatra-like headbands and robes of Egypt. Large wooden tabletop windmills, Chinese painted paper umbrellas and an Australian koala stuffed animal were on display.

"Each troop was assigned a country by the leaders," said Gail Dziorny of Mount Airy, who is a troop leader.

"They all worked very hard and are having a lot of fun doing this. Each girl has a passport, which is stamped at each table as she visits the different countries."

`Hello, Dolly!' musical

South Carroll High School Stagelighters will present the musical "Hello, Dolly!" at 7: 30 p.m. today and tomorrow. The play will be presented in the South Carroll theater auditorium. Tickets are $5, and refreshments will be sold during intermission.

Directed by Stagelighters' adviser and South Carroll instructor Bobbi Baker, the lavish musical production will feature a 36-member cast and period costumes. Last month, the Stagelighters held a fund-raiser at a local Pizza Hut to raise money for production costs.

Canine health clinic

Belquest Kennels and Cattery will sponsor an all-breed canine eye and heart clinic from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 31.

Ophthalmology services will be provided by Dr. Nancy M. Bromberg, and cardiac screening will be performed by Dr. Eugene E. Musselman.

Both are board-certified in their fields and will perform the examinations for the purpose of CERF (eye) and OFA (heart) registration.

Having a dog's eyes and heart examined is important to the health, longevity and quality of life of the pet. Some breeds are more prone to eye and heart diseases than others, so early diagnosis is crucial.

Owners should bring their dog's AKC registration name, number and date of birth. Microchipping and tattooing will be offered.

These methods of identification are widely used to identify lost pets.

The following costs apply: eye clinic, $25; heart clinic, $30; microchipping, $20; tattooing, $10. Reservations are required for all clinics.

The kennel is at 18745 Penn Shop Road in Mount Airy.

Information: 301-831-7507, 410-795-8395 or e-mail

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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