Improv, hike, music could rouse couch potatoes from winter rest


March 16, 2001|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH JUST days to go until the first day of spring, it's time to get out of winter hibernation. Fortunately, our neighbors have put together activities to entice even the most home-bound couch potato.

The Screaming Puppets, an area improvisational group, will perform at Carroll Baldwin Hall at 8 p.m. March 24. The troupe improvises skits based on audience suggestions.

The 2-year-old company had a steady engagement at a Laurel shopping center, where it performed monthly. Last year, the shopping center needed the space for other purposes, and the Puppets were left without a home.

After negotiations with the Carroll Baldwin Hall Memorial Association, which runs the Savage community building of the same name, the Puppets hope they have found a congenial new venue. The troupe plans to stay after the show and socialize with the audience.

Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens.

Information: 410-792-9357 or

For those of us who have been home-bound too long, take the opportunity this weekend to enjoy the fine weather being forecast. Tomorrow, you can reconnect with nature, get a little exercise, celebrate St Patrick's Day and still have time to party in the evening.

How? By joining the Freestate Happy Wanderers at the group's St. Patrick's Day walk in Savage.

The Wanderers often sponsor free walks at area locations, such as Laurel, Montpelier and Savage. In honor of the occasion, the club has mapped out a clover-shaped trail that loops through Savage and Savage Park.

At the second checkpoint, walkers will have the option of following three trails, ranging from a 5-kilometer stroll to a 20K hike. The walk is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs because some parts meander through unpaved paths. Dogs accompanying walkers must be leashed. The walk could be canceled if the weather is uncooperative.

Registration tables will be set up at the food court at Savage Mill from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., so walkers can sign in and fuel up for the trek. The walks are scheduled to end at 4 p.m. at Ram's Head Tavern, also in Savage Mill, just in time for a before-dinner snack.

Information about the walk or the Happy Wanderers, Deb Jacobs, 301-776-6112.

For those with musical inclinations, Columbia Pro Cantare will perform at 3:30 p.m. March 25 at Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. Come join the Howard county singers - including Jessup's Donald Butler.

Information: 410-465-5744.


There's a special place in our hearts for all those who volunteer. Kudos to members of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Laurel: Jennifer Nance, Kim Smith, Katy Smith, Holly Templin, Kaitlyn Kelly, Brian Taylor, Carolyn Taylor, Tyrone Taylor, Norma Templin, Scott Templin, Nancy Butch, Amanda Herron and Danny Herron.

They volunteered to set up, serve and clean up after dinner at Elizabeth House, the Laurel soup kitchen, in January and February.

Looking to the future

Altholton High School seniors Ahmed Elsayed and Abi Fapohunda are budding computer scientists, learning about networking and programming. Ahmed is working at I/O Corporation in Laurel, and Abi is working at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

When not working at Hopkins or taking classes, Abi teaches visual programming at Murray Hill Middle School.

Chris Grasso, another Atholton senior, is being mentored at Brubaker Advertising and Marketing in Laurel.

Savage community news

Sharon Spicher is the new Savage Community Association newsletter editor. Items for the publication should be sent to her at P.O. Box 222, Savage 20763, or e-mailed to The deadline for April submissions is March 25. The Savage Fest, the town's annual June celebration, will again be a two-day affair, June 2 and 3.

Anyone who would like to help plan this event: Corrinne Arnold, 301-725-4959. Artisans and vendors: Ellen Waff, 301-725-1089. Those who want to volunteer at the festival: Jennifer Weaver, 301-317-1916.

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