Coalition shows appreciation with concert


August 29, 2002|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN FORMER Anne Arundel County schools Superintendent Carol Parham announced cuts last year in arts programs to make room for more reading classes, a group of Severna Park parents rose up in indignation.

The parents did not want to sacrifice the outstanding music and art programs at schools like Severna Park Middle School.

To voice such sentiments and to convey those feelings to the school board, they formed the Anne Arundel Coalition for Balanced Excellence in Education. The coalition brought a lawsuit against the county that was heard by the State Board of Education. The state sided with the coalition, and the county promised to fix the situation by this school year, said the coalition's chairwoman, Susan Webb Wincek.

Now, every sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders must have a fine arts, health and physical education class on their schedule. To show their appreciation to supporters for rallying behind arts in education, the coalition is inviting the community to a classical music concert. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at St. Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal Church & Day School, 375 Benfield Road in Severna Park.

The concert will include performances by St. Martin's organist Shirley Smith, violinist Nicholas Currie, violist Michelle Monico and cellist (and coalition founder) Terra Ziporyn Snider, as well as Franklin McKinster on cello, and John Frankenberg and Angela Linhardt on piano.

Wincek will be accompanying soprano Kerry Deitrick, 17, a Severna Park resident who attends the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Wincek, the mother of two boys, attended Butler University in Indianapolis, where she earned a bachelor's of arts degree in dance. She is a professional dancer who teaches and accompanies classes at the Mary Carter School of Dance.

The concert is free, but donations are appreciated. For information on the coalition, go to

New Lions club chapter

The Severn River Lions Club is organizing a new Lions club chapter for residents of the Broadneck Peninsula. Recently, members of the Severna Park-based club's extension committee - Dick Blomquist, Bob Muchow and Dale Strait - talked about the club's attributes, agreeing that it was "camaraderie and doing community service" that attracts members.

They said the club's philosophy is to do "anything that makes a community better."

Lions Clubs have led the way in support of the blind and visually impaired since Helen Keller approached the international organization in 1925 and asked members to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."

With referrals from county schools and social services, and in partnership with LensCrafters, the Severna Park club provided eye exams and eyeglasses for more than 200 needy recipients last year.

Severn River Lions volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the Severna Park Assistance Network, Adopt a Highway and environmental projects at Greenbury Point. The club also works with Boy and Girl Scout troops, and offers $1,000 renewable college scholarships to students at Broadneck and Severna Park high schools.

The Severn River Lions finance their philanthropy through an annual series of winter sales of Florida citrus fruit. The first sale, which is in November, is anticipated in Greater Severna Park as much as the arrival of Santa Claus at the mall. The club also earns money by operating food booths at Kinder Farm Park fairs.

If you live on the Broadneck Peninsula and would like to help bring these kinds of projects to your community, call 410-647-4551.

For other information, go to

10K CROP Walk

The annual 10K CROP Walk is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 along the B&A Trail. Registration begins at noon.

Participants can pick up recruiting materials at an orientation at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park.

CROP, or Christian Rural Overseas Project, started after World War II when Midwest farmers began sending surplus crops to war-torn Europe.

Twenty-five percent of the money raised in Severna Park goes to Severna Park Assistance Network. The rest goes to the nondenominational Church World Service, which serves more than 80 countries.

For information, call 410-974-1407.

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