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March 17, 2009|BY CHERYL WEAVER

Annual variety show set for this weekend

The Clear Spring Lions Club's 58th annual Minstrel/Variety Show will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Clear Spring High School auditorium. This continues a community tradition with "Lions on the Silver Screen."

Director for this year's show is Burma Miles, with Allison Kriner on keyboard, W.T. Fleming on rhythm guitar, Tyler Funk on drums, Angela Miles on flute and Dan Fleming on sax. Fleming will be emcee for the 23rd year in a row.

Lion David Vance will be the sound engineer and the high school light crew will handle lighting. Lion Tom Knode, with 41 years in the show, heads the entertainers. He will be joined on stage by W.T. Fleming, Dan Mellott and Lin Norris Belt, who will provide humor.

The Tri-State Stage Band, directed by Bernie Wolfe, will provide entertainment one hour before curtain time.


Tickets as printed are good only on the night or day printed on the ticket. Everyone must have a ticket to enter.

Admission costs $5 for adults, $3 for children and preschoolers will be admitted free. The auditorium is handicapped-accessible.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Clear Spring Hardware Store in downtown Clear Spring; Sunrise Handi Mart, at the corner of National Pike and St. Paul's Road; or from any Clear Spring Lions Club member or any cast member. Tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, call Lion Larry Smith at 301-733-2912 or Lion Harry Bryan at 301-582-1946.

The show is the Clear Spring Lions' biggest fundraiser of the year.

Spaghetti supper

The Clear Spring High School Band Boosters will hold a spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the commons area of the high school.

Tickets cost $5.75 for adults and $3.75 for those ages 2 to 5. Tickets can be purchased in advance from boosters members or at the door. The supper will be held before the Lions Club's Minstrel/Variety Show. For more information, call 301-766-8082.

Soup and sandwiches

St. Paul's Reformed Church, five miles west of Huyetts Crossroads on National Pike and three miles east of Clear Spring, will hold a soup and sandwich sale Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will include hot dogs, steamers, chili dogs and country ham sandwiches. Homemade soups will include ham and bean, chicken corn, vegetable, chicken noodle and Maryland crab. Baked goods will also be available. You can eat in or carry out. Proceeds will benefit the 2009 Fun Fest.

Spaghetti supper

The Clear Spring High School Reflections Show Choir will hold its annual spaghetti supper Friday, March 27, at St. John's Church (across from McDonald's) in Clear Spring from 5 to 8 p.m. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, roll, applesauce, dessert and drink. Tickets cost $7 per person. Those younger than 5 will be admitted free. The show choir will perform at 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m.

Spaghetti dinner

An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be Friday, April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wilson Ruritan on U.S. 40. Tickets cost $7 per person.

Proceeds from the dinner will go to benefit Billy Bigler, who has extensive medical expenses.

For tickets, call Kim Faith at 301-991-5447 or Carla Strait at 301-465-4657.

Soup and sandwiches

The Clear Spring High School Future Business Leaders of America will sponsor its annual soup and sandwich supper Saturday, April 4, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Tickets cost $6 and include soup, sandwich, drink and snack. Desserts will be on sale. Go to the main office at the high school for tickets of contact Karen Teach at 301-766-8082.

Food drive/h3>

Curves in Clear Spring is holding a food drive this month. Drop off any non-perishable food items to Curves at 12621 National Pike. Anyone can sign up for free with a donation of a bag of groceries.

Members sought

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 440, a weight-loss support group, is looking for new members. The group meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the United Methodists Church in Big Pool. For more information, call Jenny at 301-842-1295 or Pat at 301-842-3562.

Money bonanza

Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. will hold a big money bingo bonanza Saturday, March 28, at the special events building at the carnival grounds.

The doors open at 1 p.m., early-bird games start at 3 p.m., and bingo starts at 4 p.m. There will be 20 regular games and two quickies, each paying $500. The last game pays $1,000.

The ticket includes 12 regular cards and two quickies (early birds not included in ticket). One extra six-pack can be purchased. No one can play more than a total of 18 cards without buying a second ticket. Tickets cost $50 each and everyone must have a ticket to enter the building. This is a nonsmoking event. There will be tip jars, King Tuts and door prizes. The kitchen will be open for food purchase. For more information, call 301-842-1409 or 301-842-2200. Reserved seating is available. The fire company reserves the right to cancel the event if ticket sales are off or to adjust payouts if necessary.

Did You Know?

Did you know the first minstrel show was put on in 1951? Mrs. Nora Snyder was the first director. Some early participants were Ted Snyder, Herman Baker, Donald Baker, Charles Clopper, John Corbett, Roy Myers and Bain Mills. In the early years, it was done in black face and the cast was all males.

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