The Bub­ble Lady awes chil­dren with her creations

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com

Lo­cal fam­i­lies were ex­cited to see what the “Bub­ble Lady,” also known as Margie Lynch, could cre­ate with her unique skills at the P.D. Brown Memo­rial Li­brary in Wal­dorf last Wed­nes­day. She pre­sented the au­di­ence with huge bub­bles and an ex­pla­na­tion of the science be­hind mak­ing each type.

“I love do­ing this for the kids,” said Lynch, 68, of Baltimore County. “I hope each child took away the en­joy­ment of learn­ing be­cause that’s what miss­ing from schools th­ese days: the abil­ity to have fun and learn at the same time.”

The fun in­cluded all types of im­pres­sive struc­tures: gi­ant bub­bles (up to 5 feet in di­am­e­ter), long bub­bles (up to 18 feet long) and smoke bub­bles (made with dry ice and hot wa­ter), plus putting au­di­ence members inside of a gi­ant bub­ble at the end

of the show. At one point Lynch’s as­sis­tant, Hugh Kin­sey, put his hand inside sev­eral bub­bles with­out pop­ping them and the au­di­ence went wild.

Lynch has been per­form­ing her bub­ble-mak­ing pro­gram for eight years and said she be­came “the bub­ble lady” when she re­ceived a bub­ble-mak­ing wand 20 years ago. When Lynch was a school coun­selor, she made bub­bles at lunchtime for her stu­dents.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke in December, Lynch was afraid she would be un­able to con­tinue her per­for­mances. Although her bal­ance is a lit­tle off, she puts all her en­ergy into mak­ing big­ger and bet­ter bub­bles for chil­dren to en­joy. Now her for­mer stu­dents are bring­ing their kids to her bub­ble show and it brings noth­ing but pure joy to her heart, she said.

Kin­sey, the Bub­ble Lady’s in­tern/as­sis­tant, is a his­tory and ed­u­ca­tion ma­jor in col­lege. He said he saw Lynch’s show last year and thought it was the coolest thing to see up close.

“It was ex­cit­ing just see­ing the kids get so ex­cited and it’s awe­some work­ing with Margie,” he said. “I started go­ing to Lynch’s church and she said she needed help load­ing and un­load­ing for the show so it ended up be­ing a great op­por­tu­nity for me. I can’t wait to tie some of this cool stuff into my own teach­ing.”

The chil­dren let out a lot of “oohs” and “aahs” when Lynch and Kin­sey put each of them into an enor­mous bub­ble.

“I felt like I’ve al­ways wanted to be in a bub­ble and now it has ac­tu­ally hap­pened,” said Caleb Bar­ley, 10, a stu­dent at Mary B. Neal Ele­men­tary School in Wal­dorf. “I thought it was cool how she blew a bub­ble and it started fill­ing up with smoke.”

Colin Bar­ley, 8, a stu­dent at Mary B. Neal Ele­men­tary School in Wal­dorf, said the mo­ment he got in line he was re­ally ex­cited to see all the other peo­ple be­ing put inside of a bub­ble.

“It was re­ally cool how they used the ice to make smoke and it was an in­ter­est­ing fact about how [dry] ice can burn your hand,” Colin said.

The Bar­ley brothers both said it was great be­ing put inside a bub­ble. Their mother, Kamil Bar­ley, said the en­tire pre­sen­ta­tion was amaz­ing.

“I thought it was re­ally cool to see the science and the fun come to­gether with bub­bles,” she said. “I feel like it al­lows them to see and know that they can do so many things out­side of what they learn in school with the same in­for­ma­tion that they know.”

Zahra Mo­hammed, 5, a stu­dent at Mary B. Neal Ele­men­tary School in Wal­dorf, and her mother, Ack­leema Bac­chus, said they both look for­ward to see­ing the Bub­ble Lady when she comes to town. Her fa­vorite part was not only see­ing her daugh­ter be­ing put inside a bub­ble, but also see­ing the al­most 18-foot cre­ation.

“You can’t go wrong with bub­bles and kids,” Bac­chus said. “It’s great that the li­brary has th­ese pro­grams to keep the kids busy with ac­tiv­i­ties they can look for­ward to. The bub­ble show is like a science ex­per­i­ment. They show you can do with ice and car­bon diox­ide and it’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing science.”

Lynch per­forms all over Mary­land and plans to take her pro­gram up and down the East Coast. She would like to be­gin re­ceiv­ing grants and get her bub­ble pro­gram into lo­cal schools. In the mean­time, she will con­tinue tak­ing her pro­gram to area li­braries where chil­dren and their fam­i­lies can see it for free.

STAFF PHOTO BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

On July 20, Margie Lynch — also known as the Bub­ble Lady — makes an 18-foot bub­ble at P.D. Brown Memo­rial Li­brary in Wal­dorf.

Margie Lynch and her as­sis­tant Hugh Kin­sey put Zahra Mo­hammed, 5, left, and Caleb Bar­ley, 10, right, into a bub­ble at P.D. Brown Memo­rial Li­brary.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

On July 20, the Bub­ble Lady cre­ated smoke bub­bles for chil­dren at P.D. Brown Memo­rial Li­brary in Wal­dorf.

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