Cattail Woods men enjoy a night just for guys


July 11, 2002|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GUYS JUST need to have fun sometimes, and that's what the men of Cattail Woods did when they held their Guys Night Out of the Dog House last month.

Sponsored by the Cattail Woods Social Committee, the June 15 event was organized by Rick Gravel and some other socially conscious men in the Woodbine neighborhood. No wives or kids were invited to the Saturday evening event.

"Think of it as an exclusive guys club, lasting only one evening and free of charge," read the flier that publicized the event.

"Anyone who attended Guys Night Out of the Dog House was a winner since it was loaded with fun activities," Gravel said.

The theme was sports. Guys took turns moving from one house to another for mini-sporting competitions. Participants in each event accumulated points, which were tallied at the end of the evening.

A wagon of beverages led the group from event to event to ensure that none of the athletes became dehydrated. The first event began at 4 p.m. as all the men met in the front yard of Dave Haussler's house for a few shots of golf.

Next they trailed to Tim Kvech's home to play horseshoes. The players had three horseshoe tosses each before they moved on to Baby Baseball at Gravel's home. Using a kid's plastic ball and bat, each man had three tries to hit the ball as far as he could.

Later, at Danny Napolitano's house, players were scored on 10 shots of basketball, and then the group moved on to the home of Gregg Gonecontos for a football throw.

For the finale, the crew moved into Kvech's basement for pool, poker, darts, guy movies and pizza.

Gonecontos ended up with the most points at the end of the sporting events, earning him a nifty prize -- the other contestants served him snacks and drinks.

Other awards were bestowed on the participants. Kvech was awarded Best Party Host, and Dan Brummett was named Volunteer of the Event for his consistent help throughout the evening. "Without him, the event would have been chaos," Gravel said.

Brummett also received the Best Endurance award for staying up late even though he had to get up early the next morning.

Leo Boeckl was named Most Loyal Guy for spending part of his anniversary with the group, while Haussler got the nod for Best Remote Control Execution.

Boeckl also won for having the most creative golf swing, and Denny Moore had the most creative basketball toss. Scott Hyer had the most accurate football throw, while Rich Ragali was named most successful football player.

Gravel says the event was such a success they plan another one with more games. He forecasts an even bigger turnout. "For those that missed it, don't despair," Gravel said. "We're planning Guys Night Out of the Doghouse 2 real soon."

Eagle Scout honors

Joseph Daniel Mettle became the 95th Eagle Scout in the history of Boy Scout Troop 737 in Clarksville on May 25. A Court of Honor was held at River Hill High School, followed by a potluck dinner.

Eagle Scout Chris Stanton conducted the ceremony and was assisted by Assistant Scoutmaster and Troop 737's Eagle adviser Tom Hartman, Assistant Scoutmaster Lenny Black and Troop 737's Roy Ferguson.

Congratulatory letters from Howard County Executive James N. Robey, Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes were read to the audience. Joseph also received congratulatory letters from President Bush and Pope John Paul II.

For his Eagle service project, Joseph conducted a clothing drive in the Pointer's Run and River Hill neighborhoods in Clarksville and Columbia.

He collected 2,970 pieces of clothing, which were presented to the Lutheran Mission Society. The mission distributes the clothes to needy individuals throughout Maryland.

Joseph recently graduated from River Hill High School and plans to pursue a teaching degree at Towson University.


Join the Brown, Wilson, Smith, Kone, Seils, Gochar, Dane, Jessee, Goodman, Sullivan and Buschling families for the Celestial Searchers "Stellar Summer Extravaganza" on Saturday.

The star enthusiasts will enjoy a barbecue, campfire, storytelling and stargazing, starting at 7:30 p.m. Suzy Sullivan is host of the event at 14720 Dorsey Mill Road in Glenwood, and participants are invited to camp out overnight on her farm.

The barbecue will begin at 8 p.m. "Pray for clear skies, and the wonders of the universe will provide a full evening's entertainment," founder Joel Goodman said.

Goodman says that naps are recommended during the day Saturday because the group plans to stay up late that night. Bring snacks, salads, desserts or drinks to share with the rest of the crowd.

"Anything else you want to bring will make the evening fun and delicious for all," Goodman said.

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