Gingerbread house contest coming up at Darnall’s Chance
It’s time to start thinking what you’re going to do for the 17th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Show at Darnall’s Chance House Museum in Upper Marlboro. Will it be a castle, a cabin, a candy shoppe, a houseboat or an Indian village?
Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in three divisions, and prizes will be awarded. For adult entries: $100, $75 and $50. For child and family: $75, $50 and $25. There will also be Viewer’s Choice Awards, each receiving $200.
Any structure — real or imaginary — is eligible. But it must be original (no gingerbread kits allowed). There is a long list of rules. For information, visit the house, call 301-952-8010, or go to dar[email protected]parks.com.
All entries must be delivered to the museum on Nov. 20 between noon and 4 p.m. The show dates (when you can vote for the best) are Nov. 25-27 & December 2-4 and 9-11. Now get out that gingerbread recipe.
County Executive Rushern Baker addressed the Camp Springs Civic Association Sept. 14 at Thurgood Marshall Mid- dle School.
Rit Taylor is president of St. Philip’s Parish Pastoral Council. Other officers are Dave Desmarais, vice-chairman, and Suzy Giroux, secretary.
Those who remember Skyline activist Judy Waby will not be surprised that she’s still fighting for justice. She recently sent an email railing against judges, both in the U.S. and Canada. Judy currently lives in Reno, Nev.
Former Morningsider Sue Stine Mason has learned she is related to Martha Washington through her mother’s Vaughan lineage. She writes, “Martha is my first cousin, seven times removed.”
I made my annual fall retreat last weekend at Loyola on the Potomac in Faulkner. The weather was pleasant, the food was delicious and plentiful and the quiet was so worth it. A beautiful time. Now I look forward to their annual New Year’s Eve retreat.
By the way, you don’t have to be Catholic — or even Christian — to attend and love such a retreat; I recommend it to everyone.
Sept. 24: Community Health Fair 2016 sponsored by Council Member Obie Patterson (D), at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington. Free flu shots, children’s health expo, HIV/STD, dental and vision screening, farmer’s market, free produce, door prizes and much more. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Oct. 1: The 18th annual SuitlandFest is happening at the Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane in Forestville. Come for a day of live entertainment, health screenings and community networking opportunities. For more details email willie. [email protected] Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Oct. 8: “When Words Fail, Music Speaks” at the Surratt House in Clinton. Listen and learn from the music of the American Civil War as The Susquehanna Travellers play songs that echo the emotions of the time. Free. 4 p.m.
Oct 27-Nov. 3: Early voting. The closest poll to us is at the Suitland Community Park School, 5600 Regency Lane. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Nov. 8: Election Day (at last!). In the Morningside area we will continue to vote at what once was Skyline School and now is the Skyline Building. Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 8 p.m.
Thompson Creek Windows and Brook Furniture Rental have opened in Penn Randall Place where Murry’s Steaks used to be.
The scaffolding is down: It has been up for more than two years. The United States Capitol looks beautiful; though apparently there’s a lot more work to do inside.
Manuel Correa, former Marine, dies at 93
Manuel Angel Correa, 93, formerly of Morningside and a volunteer with the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, died Aug. 31 in Clinton. In recent years he lived in Upper Marlboro.
He was born on Christmas Day 1922 in New York City to Angel Tomas Correa and Monserrate Perez. He fought in the Pacific with the Marines during World War II and left the service as a corporal. Then he worked for and retired from the U.S. Civil Service. In retirement he enjoyed collecting and renovating cars.
I checked a 1955 Morningside Directory and found him listed at 5 Woodland Road, which means he lived a short walk to the Morningside VFD where he was a volunteer firefighter.
He is survived by his wife Dolores; sons Michael, Ron, Craig and Chris; and daughter Diane Danylczuk. Another daughter, Juanita, preceded him in death. His funeral Mass was at St. John’s in Clinton with burial at Resurrection Cemetery.
Happy birthday to Elizabeth Long, Mary Kilbride, and Raymond Short, Sept. 23; Dottie Arehringer, Amy Schlor and Peg Richardson, Sept. 24; Alice Lucke and Judy Hansel Waby, Sept. 27; Tim Ward, Sept. 28; my brother Tom Mudd and former Morningside Town Clerk Janice Diggs, Sept. 29.
Happy anniversary to Ken and Janet Kaye, their 62nd on Sept. 25; and André and Cynthia Jordan, their 53rd on Sept. 28.