Piney Run center transformed into fairyland for tea party


October 30, 2001|By Debra Taylor Young | Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PARTICIPANTS AT the Fairy's Tea Party at Piney Run Park and Nature Center took great pleasure in escaping to a world of make-believe Friday afternoon.

About 15 children, ranging in age from 4 to 8, and their parents were entertained with fairy stories, read by Karen Boger and Elaine Sweitzer.

After each child received a sprinkle of fairy dust, the group proceeded into a meeting room at the nature center, which had been set up for the tea party. Six tables were set with china teacups and handmade centerpieces consisting of fairy figurines and homes.

The fairy homes, small dollhouses constructed of hollowed gourds, wood, moss and other materials, were the products of a previous nature center workshop.

After tea and cookies, the children, many dressed in fairy garb, went outside to search for hidden fairy treasures. Sweitzer had placed crystal stones around the center for the children to find, and she gave each a gold pouch in which to store their treasures.

Parents and children hunted through fallen leaves and in nooks and crannies for the stones. While searching through the woods, Sweitzer and Boger pointed out many places that could be fairy homes. They cautioned the children to always be careful when walking through the woods so they do not disturb places that might be fairy homes.

The children seemed to heed their advice, exhibiting respect for their natural surroundings.

Respect for nature is part of the emphasis of many of the center's programs. Parents Maria Long, Tina Katsampi and Stewart Dearie praised the center's efforts that day.

The tea party was a short fantasy adventure, lasting an hour. Children took home treasure pouches with the stones they found and a fairy figurine from the centerpieces.

Sept. 11 flagpole dedication

Marie Daugherty and Deanna Monda, two Eldersburg residents who established the Maryland Raise the Flag Fund, will hold a Veterans Day flagpole dedication and silent auction at 10 a.m. Nov. 11 at their home, 2035 Sherlock Holmes St.

Daughtery and Monda purchased one of the many flagpoles that stood in front of Memorial Stadium before its demolition. The flagpole was bought as a souvenir and installed in front of their home Oct. 9.

But having recently returned from New York City on a trip to see Cal Ripken's final away game, the two determined that their souvenir flagpole had taken on a different meaning. On that trip, they visited "ground zero," the former site of the World Trade Center towers, and spoke with many New York City police officers and residents. Overwhelmed by the destruction and loss of life, they wanted to help.

Within one month they had organized the Maryland Raise the Flag Fund and the event, which will include dedication of the flagpole to the victims of the terrorist attack Sept. 11. The event is officially registered with the state of Maryland, and Sykesville-Freedom Fire Department, local police and veterans will take part in the dedication ceremony at 2 p.m.

Items for the silent auction include sports memorabilia and craft items donated by professional American artists. The items will be on display and available for bid before the auction at 10 a.m.

Tickets are $5. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Liberty Disaster Relief Fund and the Cal Ripken Senior Foundation.

Information: 410-795-4196.

Debra Taylor Young's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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