Strawberry Festival a sweet time in Clarksville


May 24, 2001|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LINDEN LINTHICUM United Methodist Church held its ninth Strawberry Festival in Clarksville on Saturday. Plenty of strawberries in every combination - sundaes, shortcakes, pies and by the pint - were available for the strawberry enthusiast.

Revelers also could enjoy entertainment, along with plenty of food and activities. The Spur and Stirrup 4-H Club provided pony rides, while the Dayton 4-H Club had a petting zoo with pigs, sheep, guinea pigs and rabbits.

Kids could enjoy a Moon Bounce, games, face-painting and a puppet show. Craft vendors offered their wares.

Children and adults delighted in the antics of Ravens mascot Allan, of Edgar, Allan and Poe, who arrived at 2 p.m. Music was provided by acoustic folk rockers David Asman and Joe McDonald. The Ralph Case Cloggers danced at 3 p.m., and audience members were invited to explore the ins and outs of clogging with the costumed entertainers.

According to Jennifer Kennedy, co-chair of the festival, 15,000 pounds of strawberries were sold.

"It's a combined effort" of many volunteers, Kennedy said. "We wouldn't be able to do it without the support of the community." Kennedy chaired the event with her husband, Matt Kennedy.

Linden Linthicum church was formed in 1959, when two congregations with longtime Howard County roots combined to form a larger one. The original Linden Church was built in 1820, near Linden Church and Ten Oaks roads. Linthicum Chapel dates to 1806.

By the 1950s, growth in the county dictated a need for a larger facility. In 1959, the two congregations combined. A building was constructed and dedicated at its current site on Route 108 in 1963.

The church continues to grow. With the addition of families in Columbia as well as growth in western Howard, membership is on the increase. "We have a lot of new members," Kennedy said.

Most of the proceeds from this year's festival are earmarked for the church building fund. A 7,000-square-foot education and multipurpose addition will soon be built. The addition will be disabled-accessible, providing access to all parts of the church. A new glass-enclosed narthex will connect the church to the new education wing. The narthex will include a stained-glass window from both the Linden Church and the Linthicum Chapel, as well as other church artifacts.

The church held a ceremonial groundbreaking Sunday for the new wing. Howard County Executive James N. Robey attended the groundbreaking, along with Pastor Dave Carter-Rimbach.

Activities at Linden-Linthicum include worship services, Sunday School, music programs, church gatherings, outreach, Disciple Bible study and the LOGOS Program.

The LOGOS program, which meets for 24 weeks of the year, provides recreation and Bible study for children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Information: 410-531-5653.

River Hill excels

River Hill High School students continue to excel. The school's Math Team won first place and third place in April at the Johns Hopkins University's math competition in Baltimore. Michael Choir, Shengping "Shelby" Yu and Stephen Tung each received individual awards.

River Hill speech teacher Mary Jane Sasser coached her students well. In the Howard County Speech Championship on May 10, Crystal Healy took first place in persuasive speaking. Amanda Tack won second place in informative speaking, and Cassie Fox placed third.

Along with her math achievement, junior Shelby Yu won a $2,500 scholarship in the science, business and technology studies category of the Discover Card Tribute Award program for Maryland. She is first-place winner in her category in Maryland.

The scholarships are given in cooperation with the American Association of School Administrators to recognize outstanding achievements of high school juniors in the United States.

Shelby will compete at the national level for one of nine $25,000 scholarships. She is one of 150 winners from the nearly 10,000 student applications this year.

Scales and Tales

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources presents Scales and Tales at 7 p.m. today at the Howard County Fairgrounds 4-H Hall.

Sponsored by the Daisy Agriculture 4-H Club, Scales and Tales is an environmental education program of the State Forest and Park Service.

In this program, naturalists exhibit live birds of prey and reptiles. In an effort to encourage young people to care about wildlife and help conserve natural resources, Scales and Tales naturalists tell stories that deal with such issues as loss of habitat, pollution and resource management.

According to club reporter Valerie Novak, the program is suitable for school-age children, but all ages may enjoy it. Daisy Ag 4-H Club presents Scales and Tales as a community service. Admission is free.

Information: Karen Rynarzewski, 410-489-2541.

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