May Day celebration to mimic festivals of the past


April 23, 2001|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TAKING A STEP back in time will provide family activities for a local community and extra income for a senior activity center.

West End Place, a Westminster nonprofit organization that provides day care for senior citizens, has planned a May Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 at its facility, 7 Schoolhouse Ave.

Organizers thought of the idea when they realized that May Day celebrations at their facility, the former West End Elementary School, were enormous community events when the school was operating.

"Lifetime residents of this end of town will tell you that it was like Mardi Gras," said Marilyn Modracek, administrative assistant for the center. "It was a really big thing."

In addition to games and festival activities, celebrations included electing a May Day court and queen, she said. Board members hope that this celebration, which is intended to mimic festivals held at the school in the early 1900s, will attract devotees of West End School.

"We want to bring back alumni from the local area and show them what the school looks like now," Modracek said, adding that several of the center's board members are children of West End alumni.

Last year's fund-raiser, the group's first, involved a fashion show that netted $2,000 for the center and enabled it to buy a 36-inch television for West End's members.

This year, the group is providing clowns, performances by local magician Roger Lindsay, Carroll County Children's Chorus and Union Street Gospel Jubileers. The event will include food, games, raffle tables, a silent auction and tables offering plants and "white elephant" items.

"We wanted to involve the entire community," Modracek said, noting that the fashion show had mostly attracted women. "We also wanted to recognize this building, which started as a elementary school" in the 19th century.

The games will be those that children played when the school was open, and lemons with peppermint sticks will reflect festival food of the early 1900s.

Board members are assembling photos and memorabilia to commemorate the history of the school. Items are being sought for the presentation, Modracek said.

"There's supposed to be an 8 mm film floating around somewhere," she said. "We're really hoping to get our hands on that and show it that day."

Information: 410-840-0406 or 410-848-2433.

Going above and beyond

Congratulations to members of the Personnel Services Staff of county government who recently were recognized as Employees of the Month.

Roxann Yeager, Susan Harness, Patsy Hughes and Jane Oler were honored for providing extra effort to support the Production Services Department and helping department employees meet their deadlines. For their assistance, they will receive a day of administrative leave.

Governing effectively

Members of West Middle School Student Council recently received the Felix Simon Award for Leadership and Service from the Maryland Association of Student Councils.

The award, which recognizes the effectiveness of Maryland student governments, honored the middle school pupils for their organizational structure and processes, communication, outreach to the school and community, and sponsoring activities focusing on community service, school pride, recreation, recognition, leadership, fund raising, health awareness and the environment.

West Middle is the first Carroll County school to receive state recognition for the effectiveness of its student council.

Turning off the tube

Westminster Elementary pupils will seek other activities this week as they celebrate TV Turn-off Week through April 30.

The school's PTO, which is sponsoring the week, hopes the event will focus pupils' attention on how much television they watch and what activities viewing displaces, such as reading, creativity, productivity and healthy exercise.

Information: 410-751-3222.

Strike up the band

Support pupils' musical efforts at these spring programs: Cranberry Station Elementary's instrumental music concert at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. today. Information: 410-386-4440.

Wednesday: William Winchester Elementary's spring band concert at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Information: 410-751-3230.

Amy L. Miller's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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