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August 21, 2008|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Summer camp children put on play

On Aug. 7, children from the Memorial Recreation Center Summer Camp Program gave a performance of "A Dandy Dandelion Indeed" before 45 of their family members at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center gymnasium.

The play was produced by the Afternoon Arts Program of Hagerstown Neighborhood Center, Inc. The program directors are Stacie Hart and Kenisha Rubio. Hart wrote the play about "Dandy," a dandelion who doesn't like himself, and begins a journey to self-acceptance and self-respect. The play involved speaking parts, singing and dancing.

During the preceding seven weeks, the 23 children had hands-on experience with all aspects of creating a stage production. They made costumes, props and learned their lines, songs and dances. The Afternoon Arts Program directors worked closely with Robert Petties, Rec Center director, and his summer camp staff to give the performers 45 minutes each day to prepare for the play yet still have time to participate in the other summer camp activities.


On the night of the play, the actors and their families enjoyed a pre-performance buffet dinner prepared by Mr. and Mrs. Dave Hubbell and members of the Hagerstown Neighborhood Center's board of directors. After the play, the performers were awarded goodie bags of back-to-school supplies and family members drew for four door prizes.

The Hagerstown Neighborhood Center intends to continue its support of the Memorial Recreation Center during the coming school year with programs designed to give children the opportunity to explore the visual and performing arts.


A grandmother's love is a special kind of love and this grandmother is all aglow because her granddaughter, Allegra R. Waltz, will be in the sixth-grade advanced level classes at Northern Middle School based on her academic achievements and high MSA scores.

Congratulations, Allegra, your grandmother and mom, Angela Waltz, are very proud of you.

Keep up the great work!

Conference under way at Sheraton

The second annual National Ketoctin Baptist Association Conference opened on Wednesday at the Four Points Sheraton on Dual Highway in Hagerstown and will continue through this weekend. These next four days will be packed with preaching, praise and worship. At 7 tonight, the Rev. Joe Folkes and the Rev. James Johnson will be ministering, accompanied by the Ebenezer AME Church Choir. On Friday, there will be a 1:30 p.m. service. Then later that day, the Rev. Charles Mock will speak after dinner, which will be served at 7 p.m. Saturday will begin with a woman's prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. with guest evangelist Paulette Holloway, followed by an auxiliary service at 1:30 p.m. and end the day with the Youth in Ministry at 6:45 p.m. To conclude the five-day event, there will be two services on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. and the closeout at 1:45 p.m. with the Rev. Arthur Green and Dr. Franklin Roberts.

Barbecue set for Saturday

When it comes to cooking, the men and woman of Ebenezer AME Church know how to quench your appetite and that's what the men hope to do this weekend.

There will be a barbecue in the church yard Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. And just to whet your appetite a little, the menu will include grilled barbecue chicken, baked barbecue chicken, parsley potatoes, green beans and corn on the cob.

And they will complete the meal with dessert.

Now if this sounds good to you - I know I am ready - then join them and help the Men's Day fundraiser and purchase a meal for $8.50.

Girls expo to be held

The Blossom School of Etiquette will hold a Girls Expo Sept. 12 to 14 at the Grand Venice Hotel on Dual Highway.

The organizers are looking for sponsors for this event.

For more details on how to become a sponsor, contact Ladetra Robinson at 240-520-5676 or by e-mail at


Don't forget to be in that number - 100 that is - at Second Christian's Church's annual Women's Day program, titled "100 Women in White," Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Minister Geneva Conway, St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church, Martinsburg, W.Va.

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