A starlit sky and a candlelight vigil

NEIGHBORS

November 14, 2001|By Heather Tepe | Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

UNDER A starlit sky, hundreds of people gathered to participate in a candlelight vigil near the People Tree at Columbia's Lakefront on Sunday night.

The event, called "Columbia Remembers," was planned by the Columbia Association to honor the victims and rescue workers at the Pentagon and in New York who lost or risked their lives Sept. 11 and in the aftermath of the tragedy.

The ceremony began with representatives from the Howard County Police and Fire Department's Color Guard marching toward the People Tree, led by Ellicott City residents Don Zack and his daughter, Tatia, playing bagpipes and drum.

Carol Garza of Harper's Choice was one of many who penned a personal message on one of the two banners that will be sent to rescue workers in the Washington area and in New York. Her message reads, "My heart still hurts. Keep the faith. Stay strong. May God grant you strength, love and perseverance."

"I'm here for the memory of what has happened. It's not over. It's still very personal and I didn't know anybody, but it's a tragedy," said Garza, as tears ran down her face. "I'm very moved by everybody's thoughtfulness and concern. I just wanted to show my support in the little way I could."

Kate Brooks said that the events of Sept. 11 have had an effect on her daily life. "I'm more close with my family and my friends, and trying to be kinder at work," she said.

Brooks lives in West Friendship with her husband, Greg, a pilot for USAirways. "We're going through the worry and the concern that everyone is going through, but we have a different perspective about being in the air," she said. "When Greg goes to work, there's always a concern and worry because he's far away, but now it seems to have more meaning and more impact on our family."

Retired Washington firefighter Joe Spero, who lives in Harper's Choice, wore a turtleneck, given to him by members of the New York City Fire Department, under his uniform.

"The outpouring from the community is very uplifting, not only to me, but to firefighters across America and their families in particular," he said. "They have always been heroes, just nobody noticed them until now. They're silent heroes, but now the silence is deafening."

Drama at Wilde Lake

Wilde Lake High School students will present the play Inherit the Wind tomorrow, Friday and Saturday in Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts at the school.

The play is directed by Sally Livingston and produced by Tracy Adler, both drama teachers at the school. Inherit the Wind stars Toby David as Clarence Darrow and Max Panoff as William Jennings Bryan. Other cast members include Eric Grabau, Judith Ingber, Robby Padgett, Curtis Bannister, Hillary Beulah, Alan Krill, Scott Black, Victoria Lui, Kristen Clopton, Andrew Taliano, Patrick Hughes, Trevor Thompson and Nicole Banner.

Bridget Graham is the stage manager for the production. Other technical crew members include Jackie Bach, Justin Alexander, Kristin Mullins, Karen Guralnick, Lani Frerichs, Ian Blair, Amanda Henry and Kevin Mueller.

The play begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6.50 in advance; $7 at the door.

Information: 410-997-1317.

`Antigone' at Atholton

Atholton High School will present the Greek tragedy Antigone at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow through Saturday in the school auditorium.

The production, directed by drama teacher Nathan Rosen, features actors in traditional Greek masks and costumes. This allows for several actors to share a role.

The role of Antigone will be shared by Sarah Semmel, DeWanda Jackson and Julianne Marton. Ismene will be played by Marsha Johnson and Katie Harman. Stephen Taylor, Robert Harrison and Trevor McLaren will portray Creon. Other cast members include David Calder, Grant Huang Shawn Douglas, Michele Mindek and Allison Greuter.

Tickets cost $6 at the door. The school is at 6520 Freetown Road.

Information: 410-531-1263.

Family Volunteer Day

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks invites the community to to participate Saturday in National Family Volunteer Day. Families are encouraged to make improvements to parks and historic sites.

Information: 410-313-4624.

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