Summer concert series is in swing with nature at park in Linthicum


July 28, 2002|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TAKE THE opportunity to bring the family to Linthicum Park on Aug. 4 for an enjoyable evening with free music, food and fellowship.

The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association will hold the All-American Picnic in the Park at 5 p.m. The picnic precedes the Concert in the Parks series beginning at 6 p.m.

The Crabtowne Big Band, a perennial favorite, will play its brand of swing. The band has been entertaining audiences since 1981 with music from the era of the Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Count Basie Orchestras. The group also performs big band arrangements of music by modern pop stars.

William Yakaitis, who plays saxophone and woodwinds, is saxophone section leader and the band's singer. One of the band founders, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Towson University. A resident of Severn, he has taught instrumental music in Anne Arundel County Schools for more that 33 years.

Linthicum Park is on Benton Avenue off Route 170 in Linthicum at the blinking light by the fire department. In the event of rain the concert will be canceled, and the picnic will be rescheduled before the Naval Academy Band concert on Aug. 11.

The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights sponsors the Concert in the Park series.

Information: 410-859-3308.

Happy Travelers

The Happy Travelers, also known as Sue Latini and myself, will offer a cooking demonstration at 10 a.m. Friday during the Friendly Thyme Herb Club's meeting at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Hors d'oeuvres will be prepared using fresh herbs. A social hour at 9:15 a.m. will precede the meeting.

Information: 410-766-5520.

Woman's Club news

Every year, the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights submits written reports of its activities to the General Federation of Women's Clubs where they are judged against other clubs of the same size.

The Linthicum club recently received awards given at the state and district levels. State awards were presented during the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs' spring convention at Linthicum's BWI Marriott. District awards were presented at the Southern District's spring meeting in Chesapeake Beach.

At the state level, the club's conservation department earned first place for improving Linthicum Park with the help the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, Boy Scouts and the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association. Carol Glendenning leads the continuing project.

The community health and volunteer services committee, led by Lynne Marie McGowan and Fran Purper, took first place in the Home Life Department's women's health contest.

Projects contributing to the win included a program on respite for caregivers; continuing support to residents of the Mariner Nursing Home in Glen Burnie; participation in Relay For Life, an event to fight cancer; and the Linthicum Health Fair.

The International Affairs committee led by Bernadette Simon took first place. Projects included collecting children's vitamins for the Catholic Medical Foundation, observing World Food Day, and helping fund the People To People Student Ambassador program for a local student.

Projects that increased awareness and understanding of United Nations issues also contributed to the win. These included presenting Afghan speaker Fahima Vorgetts, an American citizen and representative of the Afghan Women's Mission, which promotes empowerment, health and education for Afghan women.

The club contributed money to the mission and UNICEF. With the Linthicum Rotary Club, which administers the Books for International Goodwill project, the club donated 1,400 books to the project, which supplies textbooks and recreational materials to libraries in developing countries.

In the public affairs department, the club earned first place for a public meeting on legislative redistricting led by Alice Sophocleus and an annual prayer breakfast that honored community service. Mary Margaret Shipley led that project.

Also contributing to the win were the club's monetary and volunteer support to the historic Benson-Hammond House.

The Linthicum club earned top honors for membership, leadership, women's history and resource center, public relations and its media book.

The history award was for the celebration of Women's History Month, which featured speaker Shirley Parry of Anne Arundel Community College, and for maintaining the club's historic headquarters.

The first-place standing in membership was based on the club's use of the greater federation's theme, "GFWC - It's a Volunteer Thing" in its recruitment information, the continued outreach to career women with Saturday and evening meetings, its Holly Mart and its Concerts in the Park series.

In leadership, the club was praised for its adherence to the Action Plan for Leadership.

The club received first place in public relations for its report detailing the media coverage of the club.

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