Clarksville Spring Fling is fun for one and all


May 16, 2002|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE CLARKSVILLE Elementary Spring Fling offered entertaining activities for everyone Saturday. Kids ran from one event to another, their fists stuffed with the 50-cent tickets used to patronize the attractions.

Children and adults alike tried their luck at the cakewalk, raffles and a silent auction. There were lots of games where little ones won small prizes, and stations where participants made water balloons and sand art candy. Fresh market plants were for sale, and face and nail painting were available.

The event draws crowds every year.

"All our attractions are filled with people, and they're enjoying the food and the weather and the games," said Chairwoman Lauren Graybeal. "We've been doing the Spring Fling in some format or other for about 30 years."

Children tried to suck juice from fresh oranges and lemons through straws that were inserted into the fruit. The popular popcorn and cotton candy sales always had lines, but other stands selling patriotic pins and hair gear also brought the crowds.

Inside the school, the cafeteria was turned into a combination restaurant and entertainment center.

Barbecue, nachos, pizza, hot dogs and sodas were served for lunch for crowds of kids and their parents. Shows were presented throughout the day on the cafeteria stage.

Turner, Dean of Magic performed in the morning. Fifth-grader Erin Owings enjoyed the magic show and got to participate.

"I got to go up, and he was going to cut off my head, but he didn't," Erin said.

A martial arts demonstration by the American Academy of Martial Arts got considerable attention as the red-coated youngsters took turns demonstrating karate maneuvers.

River Hill High sophomore Jiang Wei Zhu, 15, of Columbia was part of the show and also enjoyed the Spring Fling.

"It's one of the best fairs around," she said.

River Hill senior Stephanie Guy volunteered at the nail-painting station as a favor to her sister, Emily King, a first-grader at Clarksville.

"My little sister wanted me to," she said.

Third-grade friends Ann Feldblum and Liz Thompson visited the station. The girls had their nails painted to match each other's - alternating purple and pink.

At the end of the day, flowers and bake sale goods were marked down, and anxious buyers swarmed to the stands to get bargains.

"This is one of our biggest school fund-raising events that we have all year long," said parent volunteer Susan Tupp, who worked ticket sales.

Graybeal said the event earns about $8,000 for the PTA. They use the funds for PTA-sponsored programs and to buy items for the school, such as the risers purchased last year for the music department.

Trophy music

The River Hill Choral Groups and the Orchestra traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C., early last month for their spring competitions.

The orchestra, directed by Rosemary Lather, received a superior rating along with trophies for first place in its division and best overall orchestra.

The group also received recognition for the first-violin section. The Mixed Choir received an excellent rating and a third-place trophy.

Leading Ladies, the women's choir, received a superior rating and trophies for first place in its division and best overall women's choir. Junior Kacy Clopton was recognized as an outstanding soloist in the women's choir.

Gentlemen's Quartet, the men's choir, received a superior rating and trophies for first place in its division and best overall men's choir.

The Madrigal Singers received a superior rating and trophies for first place in their division and best overall madrigal/chamber group. Betsy Graff directed the Choral Groups.

Reflections winner

Min Park, who attends Mount View Middle School, was a winner in the 2001-2002 Maryland PTA Reflections Program.

Min won an award of excellence at the state level of competition for her visual arts piece, I Hold in My Hand the True Eternal Friendship.

MADD poster contest

River Hill High freshman Jeanelle Mak won a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 2002 student poster contest sponsored by Howard County's chapter of MADD.

The contest theme was "Alcohol Is a Drain on Your Brain."

Jeanelle received a U.S. savings bond from County Executive James N. Robey at a ceremony April 22.


Celestial Searchers will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Bushy Park Elementary School.

Tom Field will give a presentation on solar observation, and telescopes with solar filters will be available to observe sunspots.

The group will plan its summer events, and Storyteller Suzy will present "Sun Tales."

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