At Glenelg church, a Saturday of food and fun


March 22, 2001|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE BEST things in life are free or almost free. Take the Spaghetti Supper and Talent Show held Saturday at Glenelg United Methodist Church. In exchange for a goodwill offering to cover the cost of the food, visitors had a delicious spaghetti dinner and watched the local talent perform.

Chefs Len Insalaco and Lou Polise came to the church kitchen early Saturday to create scrumptious spaghetti sauces and meatballs. At 5 p.m. guests arrived, got their spaghetti cafeteria-style at the kitchen, and returned to their seats in the church hall.

After dinner, Pastor G. Robert Hottinger took a starring role as master of ceremonies of the talent show. "There's two movie stars here at the program," he said. "Larry Wilson, please stand. You remember Larry. He played Mister Ed in the 1960s." Wilson, a member of the congregation, smiled good-naturedly as the audience laughed.

Brittney Wheeler opened the show by playing "Amazing Grace" on the violin, and Ellen Crafton played a Bach minuet on her violin. Katie Hunt played the viola, which is similar to the violin. Rebecca Lytle played the piano twice during the show, first in a performance of "Just Struttin' Along," and later in "Fairest Lord Jesus."

Caitlan Dowling sang the camp song "Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda" to the considerable amusement of the crowd. Mary Dowling, elegantly attired in a long, velvet gown, sang a beautiful song, "Why Did I Choose You?" Sisters Kristen and Taylor Barlow, dressed in matching red and black outfits, danced to "Lucky," sung by Britney Spears.

Although most of the performances were musical, Don Stone and Bill Moleton did the famous Abbott and Costello routine "Who's on First" and drew lots of chuckles. Dressed in baseball outfits, and sitting in front of a homemade, old-fashioned microphone, the two bantered back and forth. The audience laughed at their mix-ups - planned and unplanned.

"What an awesome experience that was," Hottinger joked.

Nancy Pugh accompanied some of the performers on the piano. The talent show, sponsored by the Fellowship Committee, was organized by Stone and his wife, Sally. Auditions were held this month to make sure that the acts were suitable for a church setting.

Glenelg United Methodist Church, 13900 Burntwoods Road, holds services at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Church School for children of all ages is at 9:30 a.m.

Information: 410-489-7260 or

Centaurs win awards

The Centaurs 4-H Club held its awards banquet March 9. Jenna Starr received the Centaur of the Year Award. Other award winners were Laura Bradley, Becky Sparenberg, Jaclyn Pavlos, Teresa Beall, Kristin Willie, Lacey Orndorf, Alex Barnard, Mikahala Insalaco and Laura Heckman. The club members received trophies and shoe bags for completing outstanding 4-H Record Books.

The Centaurs is an equestrian club for kids who love and want to learn more about horses. Members range in age from 7 to 18. The club meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 19, and will feature a speaker on farrier techniques. Farriers do everything foot-related for horses, including shoeing.

Information: John Pavlos at 410-750-3557.

To the Bahamas

River Hill High School's Dance Company will travel to the Bahamas for its spring trip this weekend. Members will perform on a Carnival Cruise ship.

Dance Company director Jill Blizzard will accompany dancers Katie Bowman, Velesha Burke, Jen DiFerdinando, Danielle Flyzik, Ali Gargon, Lauren Hessan, Danielle Knaack, Ryan Krasney, Kristen Lewis, Jana Lindblom, Katie Logan, Natalie Maloney, Jessica Mather, LaRee McCuan, Marissa Montanez, Tanya Rutner, Lizzie Snyder, Christina Valenti, Jaclyn White, Matt Williams, Carl Zimmerman and Michelle Waters.

Telling images

Lisbon Elementary fifth-graders Sarah Lokey, Michelle Slagle, Devon Caldwell, Miriam Bellaire and Kelly Boeckl will have their artwork shown at Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City.

The exhibition of the art of Howard County schoolchildren, "Telling Images - Stories in Art," celebrates Youth Art Month. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. The show will run through April 22.

Because of limited parking, a shuttle will take visitors from Hollifield Station Elementary to the exhibition, starting at 5:45 p.m.

Information: 410-313-2787.

Learning CPR

Cub Scout Den 10 spent Saturday learning to perform emergency procedures such as rescue breathing, the Heimlich Maneuver and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Frankie Corn, Nicholas Elise, Eric McNemar, T.J. Myers and Tony Ramirez each received certification from the American Heart Association for their successful demonstration of the life-saving skills.

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