In and Around Morningside-Skyline
By Mary McHale 301-735-3451
At Darnall’s Chance Museum: Highland Tea, Colonial Dinner, and a book club for girls
Darnall’s Chance House Museum in Upper Marlboro invites you to two of their popular events—Highland Tea and Colonial Tavern Dinner, both coming up soon. Get a taste of Darnall’s Chance hospitality.
Highland Tea is on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. It’s a cozy winter afternoon tea that pays homage to Darnall House’s Scottish roots.
Colonial Tavern Dinner on Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m., recreates the atmosphere and flavor of a mid-18th century tavern. Guests enjoy a dinner of colonial food and spirits, followed by a performance of period sea chanties by Ship’s Company. Call the museum and reserve your seat!
Fees: Highland Tea: $28 for residents, $40 non-residents. Colonial Dinner: $ 45 for residents, $58 non-residents. The Museum is at 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, on a hill overlooking Schoolhouse Pond in Upper Marlboro. Reservations and information: 301-952-8010.
Also at Darnall’s House Museum is a book club for girls ages 7 to 13. It’s the Liberty Girls Club and deals with Samantha, the American Girl in the series. $30 membership fee covers the book discussions, activities and refreshments. Call 301-952-8010 for information or to sign up.
Black History on Wheels
Take a bus from the Surratt House into Montgomery County to explore sites related to enslavement and freedom, from the Sandy Spring Slave Museum to Boyd’s Negro School. Lunch will be at Bassett’s Restaurant in Poolesville.
The bus departs from the Surratt House (9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton) on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $80: advanced registration required (301-868-1121).
Our amazing volunteers
In 2019, the Morningside Fire Department responded 7,230 times! And remember, these men and women are all volunteers. They donated 68,800 volunteer hours.
Ash Wednesday is coming
Ash Wednesday is indeed coming, on Feb. 26; it’s the first day of Lent, a 40-day season of penitence. The tradition for many Christians is to have a pancake supper, on Shrove Tuesday, to prepare for the fasting ahead.
St. Philip’s, in Camp Springs, hosts its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Feb. 25, 5 to7 p.m. Those that come can have all the pancakes they can eat.
The donation (or charge, if you will) is: Adults, $6; children 5–12, $3; 4 & under, free. Bring the whole family for $20. For information, call Karin Yeatman, 301-899-7784, or Ligia Rojas, 240-480-9540.
Neighbors and other good people
Mary Reilly, of Skyline, turned 95 on Valentine’s Day, an appropriate day because we all love Mary.
Brother Richard Aloysius Kiniry, C.S.C., 86, former teacher at Bishop McNamara HS, died Aug. 25. He grew up in Johnstown, Pa., and served in the Naval Air Force before being accepted into the order. He died at the retirement center for Holy Cross Brothers in upstate New York.
St. Philip’s School, in Camp Springs, has its 60th anniversary coming up this year. Those planning the celebration would love to have graduates, of whatever vintage, join in this special event by emailing email@example.com.
Morningside Sportsmen’s Club Inc.: forty years ago
The Morningside Sportsmen’s Club was founded on April 8, 1971 with a charter membership of 41 men (women came later). Over the years, the Sportsmen contributed much to our community, including their annual ride through town with Santa Claus, collecting canned goods for local food kitchens. In addition to other good works, they held an annual banquet, installation of officers and the presentation of awards.
At their April 20, 1980, Banquet at the VFW they presented The Laddie Beardmore Award to… me!, for “outstanding civic achievement” and I received a Sportsmen jacket with my name on the pocket. Previous winners had been Gerald Glaubitz, Roscoe and Irene Smith, Lee Ditmars, Matthew Rosch, Robert Dice West Sr., and Grover Estep. So, I was in good company.
Athlete of the Year Award went to Robert Rosasco of Thomas Stone High. The Scholastic Achievement Award went to Holly Hamilton of Surrattsville High.
President that year was Lee Collins. Other officers were Richard Jurney, Joe Carlucci, Clinton Stamp, Gary Jurney, Donald Jurney, Frank Jurney Jr., Ernest Bayne, Fred Readen and John Keehan.
Ruth Hoehl, saw her daughter win the Bronze in China
Ruth Lohr Hoehl, 86, of Upper Marlboro and formerly of Clinton, died Jan. 30. She was born and grew up in Washington, and married Elmer Hawes with whom she had five children. Elmer died unexpectedly in 1971.
Mutual friends played matchmaker, and in time Ruth married George Hoehl and they had daughter Christine. And because of Christine, the next 45 years took them many places having to do with special-needs children. A favorite trip was to China for the Special Olympics World Games where they saw their Christine win a Bronze Medal in bocce ball.
At St. Philip’s Ruth was a member of the Sodality and volunteer with SPRED (Special Religious Education). She was also a member of the Queens of the Knights of the Columbus in Forestville. Ruth had an arts and crafts mission, crocheted baby blankets and loved to decorate for the holidays.
Her husband George survives her. She was mother of Nancy, Patricia, John. Christine, and the late Joanne and Robert; and was a grand- and great-grandma. Services were at St. Philip’s with burial at Cheltenham.
Happy birthday to Father Bernard Ihrie, Feb. 23; Larry Miller, Feb. 24; Kevin Gray, Feb. 25; Angela Hutchinson and Thomas “TJ” Flaherty, Feb. 27; and Terrence Flaherty, Feb. 28.
Happy anniversary to Clifford and Nancy Lantz, on Feb. 26; and to my good neighbors Freda and Michael McDonald, their 40th on Feb. 28.
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By Audrey Johnson 301-922-5384
The 3rd Annual Prince George’s County Public Schools Student Choreography Showcase will be held Friday, March 13, 2020 7 p.m. at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School Auditorium. The address is 12650 Brooke Lane, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets: $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.
A SPECIAL FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
Join us for a special film screening and discussion on the genre of fashion films with Sewra Kidane, filmmaker/producer and visiting professor at the Pratt Institute Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. One of Kidane’s films will be screened to prompt the discussion. Topics include fashion design, entertainment, Afrofuturism, Black aesthetics, style, and culture.
The location is Bowie State University Fine & Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, Maryland, 20715-9465. Contact person is Tewodross Melchishua Williams. Phone number is 301-860-3731. Email: email@example.com. Categories: Black History Month- Featured, Lecture/Discussion.
AFRO BLUE: WE WILL OVERCOME
Join Afro Blue as they release their seventh CD in concert Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 8 p.m. The program features a wide variety of material, including songs from the Civil Rights Era, original material written by members of the ensemble, unique jazz versions of contemporary tunes, and their signature Big Band sound on standards such as “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and “St. Louis Blues.”
The program will be held at Prince George’s Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, Maryland 20784. All ages/Ticket (General Admission): $25/person; $20 seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more. Telephone number 301-277-1710. PARKS DIRECT #PGPP-CON-GA-20200229.
GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE
Saturday March 28, 2020 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Graduate Open House (Public) hosted by Bowie State University at 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, Maryland 20715.
SAARC OPENING CEREMONY
The Southern Area Aquatics and Recreation Complex opening ceremony will be held Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1 p.m. The address is 13601 Missouri Avenue, Brandywine, Maryland 20613. Please join us for activities and demonstrations following the ceremony on Saturday until 5 p.m. Additional activities are planned for Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 2–5 p.m.
RSVP by Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Visit http//www.pgparks.com/rsvp or call 301-446-3300; TTY 301-446-3302. We encourage the participation of persons with disabilities; if you have special needs, please let us know when you RSVP at the number above.
Join us for a free event for family caregivers Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 6–8 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott-Largo Capital Beltway in the Lincoln Room. The address is 1320 Caraway Court, Largo, Maryland 20774. (Complimentary on-site parking).
Join us for this lightly facilitated conversation about family caregiving. You will discover the five key steps to aid you in your caregiving journey, connect and exchange tips with fellow caregivers, and explore local caregiving resources available in your community.
This is an opportunity to connect with other caregivers, get tips and encouragement, find local resources and more. This information will help you be ready for what’s next on your caregiving journey. Also enjoy light refreshments. Reserve your seat today and call 1-800-278-1045 or register online at aarp.cvent.com/caremd.
Baltimore Washington Conference scholarship application process is now open. The BWC Awards scholarships for qualified students currently attending college, as well as high school seniors who plan to attend college in the fall of 2020. The application process closes March 5, 2020. The entire process will be completed online. Go to bwcumc.org, click on search and type “scholarships”. Click on “scholarship” and the page will come up for online processing.
A “Soul Fest” will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Nottingham Myers Family Life Center, 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Sponsored by the Ushers of Nottingham Myers UMC of the New Hope Fellowship Cooperative Parish. Rev. Constance Smith, Pastor.
At the “Soul Fest” we will have food, entertainment, fellowship, door prizes and Black History. Tickets are available now. Donation: $25.00. Telephone number is 301-888-2171.
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