A gospel show, an art competition and a swan song


November 16, 2001|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE BURKE FAMILY Singers, consisting of relatives of Patuxent Valley Middle School Principal Sterlind S. Burke, will again offer a free gospel concert at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the school.

The annual concert, a tradition for the Burke family, is becoming the official opening of the holiday season in our community. The family has offered a holiday performance ever since Burke became principal at the Jessup school.

His extended family drove in from out of state to join him for Thanksgiving and decided to offer the concert at the same time. This is a benefit concert for area food pantries, so there is an admission fee of a canned good or nonperishable items to help less fortunate families in the winter months.

Information: 410-880-5840.

Juried art exhibit

It's that time of year again, when the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center opens its doors -- and more importantly, its wall space -- to the Patuxent Art League's open juried art exhibit. Open to any Maryland artist ages 18 or older, the show enables artists to hang their work in a great gallery space for a month.

There are rules: The work must be for sale, and it must be recent (no more than 3 years old). Size restrictions apply, too.

The work should be brought to the center between noon and 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 3. The work will be evaluated for inclusion in the show as well as for prizes. Selected work will be exhibited at the center from Dec. 5 through Dec. 27.

Artists should call organizer Steve Buzash, 301-776-2674 or 301-792-3543, for details.

Time to say goodbye

Gentle readers,

I regret that the press of personal life no longer allows me to write this column as well as I would wish. And so I've tendered my resignation. Former east Columbia community correspondent Betsy Diehl will be writing for the Savage-North Laurel area -- renamed Southern Howard with her first column -- beginning next week. After 468 columns and nine years as a neighborhood correspondent, I thought I'd have some wise words about county life to impart. Yeah, right; as if I had the capacity for wisdom, or the arrogance to assert it. So I'm left with truth, gratitude and memories.

Writing the column was the perfect excuse for a shy newcomer to approach strangers. I've had great conversations, met interesting folk and tried the patience of too many editors.

I miss you all already.

So here's not just to you, dear readers and co-workers, but to all who shared with us their avocations and their life stories. Here's to the girl who dressed up as McGruff the Crime Dog, to the man who created a handicapped-accessible garden for the Girl Scouts. Here's to the boys becoming Eagle Scouts and men, to the corrections officers who raised money for Special Olympics, to the man who repairs musical instruments and inlaid his wife's name on a fiddle.

Here's to the countless volunteers who do the unrewarding work of making our lives good: the cleanup committees, the soccer commissioners, the Safe to School callers and the officers of every organization who must sit through endless meetings.

To you and to all I haven't mentioned, you are all wondrous. I'm glad to have met you. You made writing grand.

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