African-Americans in Md. to be archaeological topic

April 05, 2001

African-American archaeology in Maryland will be the focus of the 36th annual Spring Symposium on Archeology Saturday at the People's Resource Center, 100 Community Place in Crownsville.

The daylong symposium is sponsored by the state Department of Housing and Community Development's Office of Archeology in conjunction with the Archeological Society of Maryland. It will feature eight speakers exploring "Current Research in African-American Archeology in Maryland: Past Perceptions, Future Trends."

Speakers and their topics include:

John P. McCarthy, how archaeology has helped in understanding of the African-American culture; Kirsti Uunila, investigations at two domestic sites in Calvert County; Laura J. Galke, the nature of African-American ritual caches of crystals and other items; and Janice E. Hayes-Williams and James G. Gibb, the role of historical and archaeological research in the preservation of two African-American cemeteries in Annapolis.

Registration, $6 a person or $4 for society members, begins at 9 a.m. Lunch will be available for purchase in the building's cafeteria.

Information: Varna Boyd, 301-982-2854, or visit http://www.smcm.edu/asm.

Old Mill High troupe to offer musical `Carousel'

Old Mill High School's Patriot Players will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" today through Sunday.

The cast features Christie Meadows as Julie Jordan, who falls in love with a carousel barker portrayed by fellow senior Matt Edmonds. Also in the cast are senior Andy Stratton, juniors Kimbrie Gobbi and Regina Pettko, and sophomores Steve Drapalaski and David Hosey.

They are supported by a 35-member chorus.

The play is directed by Old Mill English teacher Krista Parker, the drama club adviser, with student directors Kathryn Kendall, Joann Pham and Brittany Moenius, all juniors.

Richard Bright, a social studies teacher, runs the stage crew with assistance from faculty member Jean Beall.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $7.50 adult, $6 for students and $4 for younger children. For information, call the school at 410-969-9010.

Boating safety course will begin April 16

Friends of the B&A Trail will present a three-part Maryland Basic Boating Safety Course from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 16, 20 and 23 on the top-floor meeting room at the Earleigh Heights fire station.

The course will provide an overview of the basics of safe boating, required safety equipment and rules of navigation.

Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate required for most people operating boats on state waterways.

Advance registration, with payment of a $15 fee, must be made in person at the B&A Trail Park Office on Earleigh Heights Road. Information: 410-222-6244.

Chorus to open reception, dress rehearsal to public

Chesapeake Harmony Chorus is inviting the public to a free dress rehearsal and reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd.

The group is a women's barbershop chorus and chapter of Sweet Adelines International. It competes with other choruses in a region including parts of Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

The rehearsal is in preparation for competition this month.

Refreshments will be served after the performance. Reservations are not required. Information: 410-987-2684.

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