Serenading sweethearts with heartfelt tunes of love


January 31, 2001|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF YOU FIND several formally dressed young men and women breaking into song at your door, you'll know you're one of the sweethearts receiving a singing telegram from North Carroll High School Ensemble.

Presenting a gift of romantic songs and a long-stemmed red rose has become a traditional way for the 20-member choral group to help area residents celebrate Valentine's Day.

This year, five- to 10-minute telegrams will be delivered Feb. 10. They must be reserved by Feb. 7. Cost is $20, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit ensemble, which performs throughout the North Carroll area.

The group will deliver a telegram anywhere within 10 miles of Hampstead. They sing for mothers and fathers, grandparents, and anyone someone considers special. One year, they presented songs and a rose to a teacher - in front of her pupils.

Last year, the group sang a medley of familiar songs, including "Can't Help Falling in Love," and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." This year's repertoire might be different, because the group has a new choral director, Patricia Kelley.

To order a telegram: 410-840- 4539.

Civic club dinner

The annual Interclub/Civic Dinner will be held at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Hampstead Fire Hall, 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead.

Women's Club of Hampstead is sponsoring the event. The club is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Members of civic organizations that serve the Hampstead, Manchester and Lineboro areas will attend. The groups are: Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club, Hampstead Lions Club, Hampstead Lioness Club, Northeast Rabbits, Rotary Club of Hampstead and Women's Club of Hampstead.

The dinner offers participating organizations an opportunity to share news of their accomplishments, goals and projects, and to network with members of other clubs.

North Carroll High School Ensemble will provide entertainment.

Information: Victoria Garrett- son, 410-239-0973.

Play with chocolate

Willy Wonka reveals the inner workings of candy making Friday and Saturday when North Carroll High School Drama Club presents "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," a children's play adapted from the novel by Roald Dahl.

Ryan Nelepa plays Willy Wonka and Scott Taylor plays Charlie Bucket. The play is directed by student Katie Murphy.

The production includes a number of special effects.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the school on Hampstead-Mexico Road. Tickets are $5.

Playground committee

A playground committee is being formed at Spring Garden Elementary School. The goal of the group is to improve the condition of the playground.

Anyone interested in joining the committee is encouraged to call Joyce Nevin at the school, 410- 751-3433.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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