TV show is highlighting two Severna Park homes


March 22, 2001|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE CABLE TELEVISION show "Old Homes Restored" on Home & Garden Television is giving two Severna Park homeowners more than 15 minutes of fame this month.

Linstead-on-the-Severn, a brick manor house restored by Scott and Donna Jay, was featured on the show last week. At 6 p.m. Sunday, the upriver home of their son, Kirk Jay, and Debi Diedrich will be the subject of a closer examination of the restoration process and the building skills of Kirk's father.

The show can be seen on Channel 60 on Comcast, 49 for Millennium customers, and 72 in Annapolis.

The Jay-Diedrich home was once a horse stable on 3 1/2 acres, part of a large parcel extending from the Severn River to Benfield Road.

"I bought the parcel in 1998," Kirk Jay says. "The final house has two stories and about 3,800 square feet." Although the property is not on the river, the family discovered and restored a manmade pond from the 1920s, along with its steppingstone bridge.

"My dad was completely in charge of the renovation," says Kirk Jay. "He was the contractor, and I paid the bills. My mom and dad designed the house, working hard to keep the integrity of the stables."

The resulting house is filled with country charm: The original Dutch doors were reused, two horse stall openings lead to the new kitchen, and the tack room is now a bathroom.

The land was originally owned by the Hendler family of Baltimore, famous for ice cream early in the 20th century. It is located just beyond the community of Harlequin - apparently named for a flavor the Hendlers developed, a combination of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.

Harlequin lives on, but Hend- lers Ice Cream is long gone. And folks know the ice cream flavor these days as Neapolitan.

Bye, bye, captain

Many in the audience at this weekend's performances of "Bye, Bye Birdie" at Severna Park Middle School may recognize the transformation of last year's Captain Hook in "Peter Pan" into this year's Conrad Birdie.

And don't be surprised if you notice more of a change than just a second hand.

With apologies to Peter Pan, middle-school actor Buddy Pease is growing up. What a difference a year makes in the look of a 14-year old! Buddy has gotten several inches taller and rearranged a few pounds - fitting nicely into rock star Birdie's gold lame cape and jumpsuit."`Bye, Bye Birdie' is a great finale to my musical theater experience at Severna Park Middle," Buddy says. "Conrad is such a lively, Elvis Presley-type character; it's fun with all the girls swooning."

With a cast of 50, the show will be staged at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, and at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Directed by music teacher Kerryanne Kennedy, the cast also features Liz Dawson, Jonathan Jones, Rachel Scott and Ryan French in lead roles.

Kennedy and fellow county music teachers recorded the show's musical accompaniment. Students from the middle school and Severna Park High provide production and technical assistance.

Tickets are available in advance for $8 at the school, or $10 at the door, with a $3 discount for elementary school-age children. Information: 410-647-7900.

`Battle' winner

A group of 16-year-olds known as Orchard has emerged victorious from Archbishop Spalding High School's annual battle of the bands, held this month.

The band - with Spalding students John Romey on bass guitar and acoustic guitar and Joe Montemarano on guitar, and Southern High School's Russell Kelbaugh on guitar and vocals - took home the $250 first prize.

The judges - including Michael Buckley, disc jockey at WRNR-FM, and several musicians - based their selection on musicianship, clarity of sound, musicality, technical ability, stage presence, professionalism, originality, and audience appeal and reaction.

"Orchard took the audience by surprise with their slow, trance-like melodic music," says Elizabeth Greif, a Spalding junior and member of her own all-girl band, (Glitter) Smitten. Liz took time out from stage-crew chores to review the event for this correspondent - her grandmother.

Liz, 16, the principal oboe with the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, regularly tunes her classically trained ear into the teen band scene at Woods Community Center's Friday teen nights, reviewing the work of her contemporaries.

"Lead singer Russell led the band with a quiet grace, his voice strikingly reminiscent of the late Kurt Cobain," says Liz.

"After they had lulled the audience with their music, they broke into a wonderfully authentic version of Jimi Hendrix's `Foxy Lady.' Solos by all three of the band members were skillfully played."

The bands Brothers in Arms and Final Faze tied for second place, and a $100 prize.

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