Halloween whodunit begins run on Friday


October 20, 2002|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HALLOWEEN HAS always been a strange sort of holiday. For a few hours, children are able to play make-believe. They dress as their favorite action hero or storybook character and go door to door to receive treats.

Later, when the streets become deserted and the children are at home loading up on enough sugar to keep them awake all night, Halloween can take on an entirely different meaning.

We think we hear a knock at the door, but no one is there. We hear a squeak on the stairs, but see the cat sound asleep on the chair. As we wonder what it could be, the thought crosses our minds that maybe, just maybe, Halloween really is the night when the spirits walk free.

Fortunately we come to our senses, turn on the late-night talk shows and get comfortable. But just to be on the safe side, we turn on a light.

Brooklyn Park's Halloween celebrations begin Friday, when Do or Die Productions opens another of its popular mysteries at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane.

Murder Through the Ages is the story of a theater owner's repeated attempts to schedule an opening night. The activities of a hostile ghost who makes the theater his home has caused the owner to cancel the opening-night celebrations again and again.

Desperate for help, the owner hires the Psychic Studies Institute to exorcise the unwanted spirit, but the ceremony is interrupted by a murder. Is it the ghost? Or is someone else to blame? Surely the audience will have its own ideas about who or what is responsible.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Oct. 27. Tickets are $12 for members of the Chesapeake Arts Center and $16 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-636-6597.

Parent meeting

The Brooklyn Park Middle School Parent Outreach Committee will hold two town meetings Tuesday.

The first will be at 6 p.m. at the Lloyd Keaser Center, 5757 Belle Grove Road. The second will be at 7 p.m. at Park Elementary School, 201 E. 11th Ave.

Principal Brenda Hurbanis will lead a panel discussion on the community's needs and concerns.

Information: 410-636-2967.

Unity Day event

The annual Unity Day Celebration at St. John United Methodist Church, 6019 Belle Grove Road, will be held during the 11 a.m. service Oct. 27.

Lee Michaels from Radio Heaven 600 will speak. The St. John Chancel Choir and the Queen Sisters Singers will perform at the service.

Information: 410-636-2578.

Health fair today

As part of Baltimore's Raising Healthy Children initiative, the Brooklyn Seventh-day Adventist Church will sponsor a health fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Health information, safety tips and free magazines will be available. Officers from the Brooklyn Fire Station will discuss fire safety from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The first 50 children to arrive will receive free teddy bears.

The church is at 3533 Fourth St.

Information: 410-354-0027.

Autumn festival

The women of the Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church invite the community to celebrate the season at their annual Autumn Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 110 Townsend Ave.

Homemade jellies, pickles, baked goods, soup and sandwiches will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jewelry and craft tables will offer an early start on holiday shopping.

Information: 410-789-3688.

Support group

Rainbows -- international support groups for parents and children ages 5 to 18 who have suffered a loss due to separation, divorce or death -- will begin a new program at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the music room of Oakwood Elementary School, 300 Oak Manor Drive, Glen Burnie.

The 14-week program will help people believe in themselves, value their family, adjust, and improve behavior and school performance. Each meeting will deal with a specific theme.

There is no cost. It is preferred that participants attend the program from the first session.

Information: 410-222-6429 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 410-647-1445 at other times.

Dinner and bingo

The Friends and Families of Boy Scout Troop 533 will sponsor a dinner and bingo event today at the Glen Burnie Moose Lodge, 1911 Crain Highway.

The event will include a spaghetti dinner, soda, coffee and dessert, along with games, raffles and a $500 jackpot.

Doors open at noon. Dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m., and games will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, and proceeds will benefit the troop.

Information: Gary Kniess, 410-766-1156.

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