SIX BOYS who sang together in church about 50 years ago will return to Hampstead this month to mark St. John's United Methodist Church's bicentennial celebration.
The boys were 6 to 10 years old when Evelyn MacIntosh taught them to sing. She was the wife of the Rev. Donald MacIntosh, late pastor of St. John's. In addition to teaching organ and piano to private students, she formed the boys into a sextet.
"They were fantastic. They sang in New York City, and all over the East Coast," said Edna Murray, remembering the six.
This is the 200-year anniversary of St. John's, and Murray has designed monthly celebrations to educate and entertain the congregation. On Oct. 22, the culminating event will be a service with visiting church dignitaries, returning former members, and a banquet for the first 225 who sign up.
When musing about who might return, she wondered what had happened to the boys who had sung so well.
"We contacted them, because they're all here in Maryland. One is a Baltimore City judge, two are engineers, one is a faculty musician in a Baltimore County high school,'" Murray said. "We asked them to see if they could still perform."
They will reunite under the baton of the teacher whom they called "Miss Mac," who has retired to Boca Raton, Fla. She will return to direct the group for the dinner Oct. 22. She has sent tape recordings made when they were children.
The group has been practicing the music they once knew, directed by Ross Merryman, a group member who became a music teacher. Other members are the judge, John Miller, brothers William and Jack Joiner, Bernard White and Dennis Hale.
Every year, the firefighters of Lineboro volunteer for an unusual and macabre duty. They become tour guides of the dark and mysterious woods of Lineboro.
It seems that an unnerving number of creatures from the dark side inhabit the small town each October, and the volunteer firefighters offer tractor-driven hay wagon rides through the creepiest back roads and alleys.
They call the ride Bedlam in the Boro. Before you jump on the hay wagon, the Fire Department offers a carnival and home-cooked dinners at the fire hall at 4224 Main St., Lineboro.
Bedlam tours will be given Oct 13, 14, 19 through 21, and 26 through 28 starting at 7 p.m. On Thursdays, tours end at 9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, tours end at about 11 p.m. Tour prices are $7 for ages 9 and older; $3 for ages 8 and younger.
Proceeds from the carnival, food and rides benefit Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department.
Information: 410-239-4467 or www.lineborovfd.com.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.