Little Falls Friends Meeting Interchange Reports
We mourn the loss of two members of our Meeting, Ruth Sutherland at age 91 and Barbara (Bobbie) Sieben in her 96th year. Both were residents of Broadmead but had maintained their ties with Little Falls. Ruth had been Clerk and First day teacher. Bobbie served as Recording Clerk of the Meeting for many years. Both were active members of numerous committees. They will be missed. In the glow of candlelight with music provided by our own Sidney Zimmerman on the harp, we will be bringing the spirit of the season into the Meeting House with our annual Christmas eve Meeting for Worship at 6 p.m. on December 24th. We are once again providing a book to each 4th grade student in one of our county schools. The books are carefully selected, wrapped, and presented by members of the Meeting.
The annual Little Falls Summer Concert will be held this year on Saturday evening July 15th featuring the Mayo Family Band. Come join us on the lawn for lively bluegrass and our traditional blueberry and ice cream treat.
We applaud the work of George and Tracey Waite, who initiated a project to replace the poles, hoops and backboards on the basketball courts at the Gilmor Homes in Baltimore city. While attending a picnic sponsored by the Friend of a Friend program of AFSC at the Gilmor Homes last summer, they noticed that the basketball courts were unusable. Despite the residents’ requests to the city to repair them, no action had been taken. George, with the support of AFSC and the backing of the residents, completed repairs on two of the four poles and backboards. The remaining poles needed to be replaced at an estimated cost of $5,000. Members of Little Falls, other meetings and families and friends generously donated funds to assure that this project came to fruition. Now, thanks to the work started by George and Tracey, residents of Gilmor Homes are playing basketball again. Our annual summer concert was held again this year on a beautiful July evening with nearly 300 friends and families attending. What could be more delightful than the music of Ken and Brad Kolodner, a pleasant summer breeze and ice cream with blueberry sauce! This event is our gift to the community.
This year our annual summer concert will be held on Saturday July 25th from 6 to 8pm on the lawn at Little Falls. Friends and neighbors and invited to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the music of Ken and Brad Kolodner. As is our tradition, blueberries and ice cream will be provided by the Meeting. Please join us.
We miss the regular attendance of the young adults of the Meeting but are following with great interest their many activities that reflect Quaker values. Lars Stromdahl is teaching English in China, Paul Clark is doing his university studies in Japan, Hannah Stambaugh spent the fall semester in Oslo, Norway through a George Washington University program, Bennett Remsberg continues his studies at U. of Maryland, Emma Remsberg is in her sophomore year at Swarthmore, and Zoe Russo attends UMBC.
The environment and climate change have been the subject of a number of our adult education sessions. There is general agreement that as Quakers, our testimonies of simplicity, stewardship, equality, and peace align us with actions to protect the Earth. Our discussions have lead to suggestions of ways that we each may contribute to a better environment.
Little Falls will be celebrating its 275th Anniversary on June 8 and 9. Saturday afternoon’s program includes a presentation by Christopher Densmore, Curator of the Friends Historical Library. His subject is Little Falls Friends Meeting and the Wider World of Quakers: Understanding the Ties that Bind Friends Together. Dr. Charles Cherry of the Friends Historical Association will be speaking following Meeting for Worship on Sunday. We will be joined on this occasion by the Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth who will be visiting Harford County for their annual reunion. The Hollingsworth family figured prominently in the history of our Meeting. More information on the anniversary celebration will be posted on our website www.littlefallsfriends.org.
We received a remarkable gift in the form of new plantings for the Meeting grounds. For his Eagle Scout project, Travis Manar, raised funds, purchased and organized the planting of three Carolina Spice bushes and five trees - a native Fringe Tree, a white Florida Dogwood, a European Beech, a Swamp White Oak and an American Elm. He was assisted by members of his scout troop and their families. Travis, who is now a student at West Nottingham Academy, graduated from Harford Friends Middle School. He chose this project as a token of his appreciation to the Friends community.
We are very proud of our recent high school graduates Hannah Stambaugh, Paul Clark, and Bennett Remsberg. Hannah will be attending the Eliottt School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Bennett will attend Washington College and Paul will be studying at a University in Japan. Congratulations also go to Lars Stromdahl on his graduation from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Plans are underway for the celebration of the 275th anniversary of the founding of our Meeting. The weekend of June 8 and 9, 2013 has been set aside for special activities to commemorate this event. More information will be available as our plans progress.
A Woodcut Prayer Flag Workshop will be held at Little Falls on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 under the leadership of accomplished printmaker, Jules Burrowes. Jules is a member of that very artistic family that includes our own Louise Wheatley. She led a workshop in printmaking at the 2011 Quaker and the Arts Conference for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and most recently presented a demonstration on woodblock printing at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
The workshop will begin with a Meeting for Worship at which time attendees are allowed time to envision the image that their prayers bring to mind. Participants will create a 5”x7” image that speaks to their prayer in wood (or linoleum) and carve the relief image. The image will be printed on paper and then on cloth.
For more information about the workshop and how to participate, contact Alice Remsberg at .