Christian coffeehouse finds new home


April 01, 2001|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE BROOKLYN Bridge Christian Coffeehouse has found a new home, at the rear of 5517-C Ritchie Highway, in the Arundel Village Shopping Center.

Founded in 1999 by Brooklyn native Russ Tenhoff at Maryland's Church on the Rock, Brooklyn Bridge has become one of Baltimore's leading venues for Christian music.

"It just spread like wildfire," Tenhoff said. "A lot of it was by word of mouth and by distributing fliers. We are also a member of the Christian Music Connection, which is a national association and a great resource for artists and managers to locate places to play.

"It was very important for us to stay in the area, and now we are affiliated with the Christian Bible Church. We needed a new building and the renovations are complete."

Brooklyn Bridge opens at 7 p.m. every Friday and follows the same format as at its former location on Church Street. The guest performer goes on at 8 p.m., and an open-mike session begins at 9:30 p.m. "Any band or performer is welcome at our open mike for whatever they want to do. Keep in mind that we are a Christian venue," Tenhoff said.

The Christian-rock band Blushing Well, from Penn State University, will perform Friday.

Information: 410-789-6218 or

Delicious bow ties

With the conveniences of fast food, microwave dinners and pizza delivered to the door, food items made the old-fashioned way - from scratch - are to many people reserved for holidays and special occasions.

Members of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church in Curtis Bay will celebrate one of those occasions today with their biannual sale of homemade chruscik - otherwise known as Polish bows, or bow ties. Since 1985, parishioners have gathered to make these much-desired treats.

"It's a lot of work, but it's enjoyable," said church spokeswoman Eleanor Znamirowski. "We have such a good group; we laugh, kid around, listen to music and dance up a storm."

But first, they mix the dough - 60 pounds of flour and 20 dozen eggs. The mixture has to be kneaded, cut and shaped before it can be fried.

"The kneading is hard, and the frying takes the longest. I think that's why most people don't make these very often," Znamirowski said.

The skill and the recipe were handed down from generation to generation in Znamirowski's family. "My mother-in-law taught me," she said. "We made these in her basement in Highlandtown. Of course, we only made one little batch.

"The recipe isn't a secret. It varies a little from family to family, but they're all basically the same. If there was a secret to it, we wouldn't have put it in our church recipe book!"

The church's bow ties sales and dinners are gathering a following. "Word travels through the churches and by word of mouth," she said. "We've had people come from Towson."

Bow ties are priced at $3.50 a dozen, and will be sold today after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses.

Then the parishioners will get busy planning this year's Lenten Fish Fry, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the church hall.

Tickets are $9 in advance, $10 at the door. The cost for children ages 6 to 12 is $4, and those who are younger will be admitted free. Carryout dinners will be available for $9.

The church is at 4708 Prudence St.

Information: 410-355-5740.

School bingo benefit

If you are looking for an afternoon activity today, stop by Bingo World at 4901 Belle Grove Road, where the Lindale Middle School parents will be sponsoring a Pampered Chef Bingo.

Doors open at noon, and games will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $12, and the proceeds benefit Lindale Middle's media center.

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