Mardi Gras traditions to be explored during St. John day school festival


March 04, 2001|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MARDI GRAS will be nearly two weeks past, but that won't matter when the St. John Christian Day School holds a Mardi Gras festival at 7 p.m. March 15.

The evening will begin with a concert by the Young Audiences of America Jazz Ensemble - part of the Maryland contingent of the national cultural arts organization Young Audiences of America.

Founded in Baltimore in 1950, the organization has grown to 31 chapters in 22 states and the District of Columbia - its twofold purpose to see that every child in America has an opportunity to experience and gain insight to the arts, and provide career opportunities for artists and performers.

As part of its concert, the ensemble will present a cultural program on the history of jazz and its role in the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration.

Christine Ambrose, PTA president at the day school on Washburn Avenue in Brooklyn, said the festival is an opportunity for families in the area to have an enjoyable evening while learning about Mardi Gras traditions.

"There will be something for all ages," she said. "This will be a different sort of family activity. We can learn about Mardi Gras. We will have mask-making and food and the beads. If anyone has been to New Orleans and has a Mardi Gras mask, they are welcome to bring it."

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger.

Information: 410-355-7396.

Pumphrey seniors' programs

Two new classes for seniors will be offered this month at the Pumphrey Nutrition Site, 5757 School Lane.

A gardening class will meet there every Monday at noon, and a beginners computer class will be offered at noon Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Fridays. The computer class has a $10 lab fee at enrollment.

Information: 410-222-6299.

Camelot in Brooklyn Park

Pasadena Theatre Company and Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts will present the Lerner and Loewe musical "Camelot" on weekends from March 26 to April 5.

A 15-piece orchestra will provide the musical accompaniment for the love story of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot.

Performance times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at Chesapeake Center. Tickets are $10 for children, students and senior citizens; $12 for members of Chesapeake Center and the theater company; and $15 for the public.

Chesapeake Center is on Hammonds Lane.

Information: 410-636-6597.

Church dinners

It's ham-and-cabbage time at Brooklyn United Methodist Church, where the traditional Irish menu will be served for a pre-St. Patrick's Day dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 13.

In addition to food, a flea market and crafts sale are planned at the church, at Fourth Street and Pontiac Avenue in Brooklyn.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.

Information: 410-789-7049.

In Curtis Bay, St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church will hold an oyster, turkey and ham dinner March 11 in the church hall, 4708 Prudence St.

Two seatings will be offered - 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Carryout dinners will be available.

Advance tickets are $14 for adults, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Those younger will be admitted free. Adult tickets will cost $16 at the door.

Information: 410-355-5740 or 410-360-2833.

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