IF HOLLYWOOD presented Oscars for best performance by a movie fan, Henry and Ingrid Petzold of Severna Park would have a mantel-full of statuettes.
Their movie-going motto might be: "If they put it on the silver screen, we will come." Everything from big budget productions to little independents to foreign films with captions, they don't miss a single show.
Mrs. Petzold can't resist a movie's emotional appeal, having seen one of her all-time favorites, the Robert Redford-Meryl Streep "Out of Africa," more than a dozen times. (That includes television reruns.)
"The scene and the music of the flight along the beach," she says, "remind me of the time my father, who was a pilot, took me on a flight along a beach where we lived in Ecuador. We were so low, you could see the crabs crawling on the sand. The music alone brings it all back."
She's not happy until everyone has experienced the joy she feels. "You're not going to miss a great movie!" she says, and goes along as she did for a fourth time to see one of her current favorites, "Chocolat."
So no one was surprised when the Petzolds announced an Oscar party Sunday night, and mailed invitations in large cream envelopes (as in, "And the envelop, please ... ") to the "first annual" dinner meeting of the "elite members" of the Severna Park Academy Awards.
By word of mouth, it became a costume party ala Oscar.
Dressed as Willem Dafoe's character Nosseratu in "Shadow of the Vampire," the host greeted his female guests with an amorous nuzzle on the neck. The hostess, using her theatrical makeup expertise to become Dr. Seuss' "Cat in the Hat," welcomed a collection of "Oscar nominees" to her home.
Pat Phillips of Severna Park, a fetching Erin Brockovich look-alike, arrived on the arm of hubby John Phillips, who bore a remarkable resemblance to Cecil B. DeMille with director's beret, video camera and tripod.
Guests included Romeo's Juliet (Brit Petzold, the hosts' 18-year old daughter), who ditched her Montague and came with the Mad Hatter (Chuck Sikorski, a fellow freshman at Washington College in Chestertown).
Sheila Light of Pasadena, alias Juliette Binoche from "Chocolat," swept into the room in a movie-inspired hooded, floor-length cape, offering handmade chocolate covered strawberries to her "customers."
A bowler hat, eyeliner mustache and cane (necessary for a real broken foot) transformed yours truly into a recognizable Charlie Chaplin.
The buffet table groaned under the weight of theatrically inspired concoctions: main entrM-ie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chicken," "Cast Away" coconut, pineapple rice and "Gladiator" bread for dipping in olive oil spiked with garlic and lemon.
Along with the invitation, members of the academy received a special ballot on which to cast their votes in 10 key categories. Members predicting the most winners were Roni Coppola, with seven out of 10, and Jimmy Benson, six out of 10.
Mrs. Phillips received the first annual traveling "Hoodie" (so named for its origin as a Rolls Royce hood ornament) for portraying a winner, Oscar's best actress Julia Roberts.
Women's club scholarships
The Arnold/Broadneck Women's Club is offering two $1,000 college scholarships to young women living on the Broadneck Peninsula who plan to attend college in the fall of 2001.
To be considered for the annual Sara Span Scholarships, named for the mother of longtime member Annette Smith, students must submit application and financial forms, an official school transcript of grades and two letters of reference by May 1.
Applications may be obtained at the YWCA, Broadneck High School, Broadneck branch library, Anne Arundel Community College or the Sylvan Learning Center in Arnold, or online at the club's Web site: http://broadneck.org/abwclub.
The awards will be presented at the club meeting May 21 at the Broadneck library. For scholarship information, call 410-647-5856 or 410-974-4407.
Whether your sport is walking or running, exercise your options to help Severna Park High's PTSO purchase technical equipment for the school by participating in the annual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on April 7.
Last year's fun run/walk earned enough money to buy four digital projectors that are now being used to bring the Internet into SPHS classrooms.
The event begins at the school and includes a 5-K (3.1 mile) run and a 2.5-K (1.5 mile) walk along the B&A Trail.
Pay only $15 for the run and souvenir T-shirt or $7 without the shirt if you register by tomorrow. After that date, the cost is $17 for the run with shirt, or $10 without.
For the walk, registration is $7, and $5 for ages 2-12. There is also a $20 family rate for the walk.
Registration on the day of the event takes place from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Information: 410-647-9232 or 410-544-4890.
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