Teen shares love of Legos with display


July 16, 2000|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD David Manning enjoys building models. The hobby can be traced to when he was 5 years old, and he was given a set of Legos. Since then, he has constructed many things with the interlocking building blocks.

Part of his collection, called "Love My Legos," is on view in the display case at the Linthicum library this month.

David built some of his models, including a train, using specialized kits. Others he designed himself. "I like building with Legos because you need a good imagination, and I get to express myself that way," he said.

Asked which one of his models he liked the best, he said, "I really don't have a favorite; I just like building them."

David's exhibit is the latest in a series at the branch library at 400 Shipley Road - which has a waiting list of people hoping to show off their hobbies. It took two years before David's name reached the top of the list.

He and his 11-year-old brother, Robert, signed up. Robert got his chance last year, and he displayed his collection of baseball cards and trophies from playing in the Severn Athletic Club as shortstop and pitcher.

David is in the eighth grade and Robert in sixth grade at St. Philip Neri School.

Maybe we will see another collection from David. He has become interested in cars and plans to start building models made of metal and plastic.

Linthicum librarian Jan Curtis said her duties include managing the waiting list and contacting people as their times approach. "I try to be as fair as possible and take everyone in turn. We are two years ahead now and when it comes close to the time, about six months, I notify that person," she said.

Curtis said the display case is available for use by all ages. Some collections that adults have displayed include fossils and coins. Curtis said she also tries to see that the display contains a variety of themes and the same type of collections are not displayed too close together.

Each display lasts a month. For information on joining the waiting list, call the library at 410-222-6265.

Linthicum concert series

The Patapsco Valley Heart of Maryland Chorus, ranked one of the top barbershop groups in Maryland, is coming to Linthicum Park on July 23 to perform in the Concert in the Park summer series. The free show begins at 6 p.m.

More than 80 men, ranging in age from their 20s to mid-80s, take part in the chorus. They regularly perform at civic, fraternal, sporting and charitable events.

The chorus competes twice a year at regional conventions held in the spring and fall. Recent accolades include winning the Mason-Dixon Division Large Chorus Championship in 1995 and placing third in the Mid-Atlantic District, encompassing a six-state area with nearly 100 barbershop chapters.

Many chorus members also sing in registered quartets and compete yearly with other quartets at division and district levels.

The chorus director, Kevin King, is a music teacher at South Carroll High School and has been a member of the society for more than 20 years. He is the lead in a quartet called BSQ, which placed third in an international competition this month. For five years, BSQ has ranked among the top five quartets in the world.

Don Muchow of Linthicum is music librarian for the Patapsco Valley chorus and also sings with the chorus.

Concerts in the Park is sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, with support from community organizations.

Parking is available on the Linthicum Elementary School lot adjacent to the park. The concert may be canceled if it rains.

Information: Jo Barker, 410-859-3308.

Vacation Bible school

Fellowship Baptist Church of Ferndale is offering a "Dino-Mite" time for children at its vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow through Friday. The school is free and open to all children regardless of church affiliation.

Children age 4 through grade nine are invited to learn about the Bible and take part in singing, games and crafts.

The church is at 1015 Sundown Road. Information: 410-761-0217 or 410-760-7755.

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