Fun-filled Saturday for families planned at Kinder Farm Park


May 10, 2001|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HOW DOES ONE improve on a lovely day in May? Make certain that it's spent outdoors - and a good place to spend it, and a little money, might be the second annual Spring Craft Festival on Saturday at Kinder Farm Park.

Anticipating a crowd even larger than last year's approximately 3,000, the sponsoring Friends of Kinder Farm Park has planned acres of family fun for the event, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - weather permitting.

If grasses are not on your allergy list, hop aboard a wagon filled with hay and pulled by mules for a ride around the park. Or give the mules a rest and travel in a hay wagon navigating on tractor power.

Or just sit back in the shade of the giant southern red oak (formerly identified as a black oak, but who knew?) outside the park's blacksmith shop, and enjoy tunes by those locally famous bluegrass pluck masters, the Country Pickers.

Ranger Brian Campbell, in charge of this year's event, says more than 50 artisans will display wares in every imaginable art form: glass, leather, wood, jewelry, painting, photography and more. You'll see crafts being created and many for sale at the park's two pavilions and under five spacious tents.

Blacksmith Terry Steel will be at his anvil in the smithy, and farm animals will be on display in the tobacco barn.

And since Sunday is Mother's Day, stop at the Shipley's Choice Garden Club booth to select a plant for mom.

Or visit the Chartwell Garden Club's baked goods booth, where you can also purchase a kit to make a garden paving stone that you complete yourself with your own design - perhaps a child's handprint, artwork or verse.

The festival offers lots of activities to keep the younger set intrigued, including pony rides, face painting and craft making for kids.

Vendors, all from nonprofit organizations, will keep the food flowing all day long, selling everything from french fries and onion rings to funnel cakes.

No rain date is planned, since many of the folks participating in the festival are obligated to other events later in the month.

The park is off Jumpers Hole Road. Information: 410-222-6115.

Young orators compete

It's one thing to write an essay. It's another to be able to get up in front of a crowd and deliver it as a speech. But nine young people managed to overcome stage fright to compete a few weeks ago in the Severna Park Optimist Club's annual oratorical contest.

The contest is for students 16 and younger - part of the club's primary goal of providing activities that promote the welfare of young people. As the club's motto says: "Our mission, Kids."

"The club has been conducting oratorical contests since it was organized 25 years ago," says the editor of the club newsletter, Diane McCall. Along with her husband, Jerry McCall, who teaches at the University of Maryland, College Park, she has been instrumental in coaching contest participants and managing the contests for almost its entire quarter-century.

The club traditionally selects male and female winners.

Speaking on this year's topic, "We Are the Future," Soham Dave (pronounced Dah-Vee), who attends Chesapeake High School, and Dana Rashidi from Severn School, won first place.

Finishing second were Cassandra Cameron from Severna Park High and Severn's Kevin Crumrine. The lone third-place winner was Katherine Denney from Severn School.

Also participating were Kathryn Corbin, Davon Morris and Drew McCarl from Severn and Laura Breigher from SPHS.

First-place winners Soham and Dana went on to win the contest for the zone, which includes several other area clubs, and reached - although they didn't win - the district competition last weekend in Ocean City.

Optimist Club information: 410-224-8108.

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