Rockville-based opera company to perform at international festival
The Victorian Lyric Opera Company of Rockville has been chosen to perform two productions at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival June 20-27 in Gettysburg.
Actors will perform W.S. Gilbert's farce "Engaged" June 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kline Theatre and Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore" June 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre.
Guillaume C. Tourniaire will direct "HMS Pinafore" and Felicity Ann Brown will direct "Engaged."
The international festival will be the main attraction at Gettysburg's annual festival, a 10-day arts festival featuring dance, theater and musical performers, and culinary masters. Entertainers from all over the world and the United States have been
Both productions will also play in the Washington, D.C., area this summer. "HMS Pinafore" opened June 11 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre at 603 Edmonston Drive in Rockville and will run through June 20 every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
"Engaged" will be performed at the Capital Fringe Festival July 14-24 at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church at 900 Massachusetts Ave. in the District.
The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will run for a total of 35 days. It will move to Buxton and Derbyshire, in the United Kingdom, following its Gettysburg run.
More information about Victorian Lyric Opera Company events, visit www.vloc.org.
Aspen Hill man
has World Cup fever
Ben Watnik, 87, remembers what it was like to be part of World Cup history.
As a young boy, he played soccer in Argentina before immigrating to the United States in 1944. After arriving in the U.S., he played with the American Soccer League team, the New York Hakoah, as a fullback and goalie, said his daughter, Alicia Mahmot, of Gaithersburg.
Before a name change that occurred for unknown reasons around the time of his immigration, he was known as Ben Wattman.
Mahmot said her father was selected to participate in the 1949 North American Football Confederation games in Mexico City, which helped qualify the U.S.A. team for the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
"He cherishes the memories he has of playing with soccer great Walter Bahr and fellow teammates Jackie Hynes, John Souza and Frank Borghi," she said.
Watnik has Alzheimer's disease and could not be asked for comment, Mahmot said.
Mahmot and her twin sister, Joy Watnik Saul, said their father never talked much about his soccer background.
"We knew that he played, but didn't know he had such a big part in soccer history," she said.
One day they came upon a book about that 1950 World Cup game titled "The Game of their Lives" and were surprised to see a photo of their father from the 1949 game in Mexico City. That led to research as well as a meeting with the historian from the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Mahmot said her father is looking forward to watching the World Cup games on television and has recruited some of his neighbors and employees of Bedford Court assisted living facility in Aspen Hill, where he resides, to watch along with him.
"He laughs now when he thinks back about how he was the only Spanish-speaking soccer player on the team back then, which came in handy when dealing with the local Mexican journalists and players," she said.
A taste of the Caribbean
in Aspen Hill
The second annual Caribbean-American Heritage Celebration will take place Saturday at Aspen Hill Library.
The event will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The library is at 4407 Aspen Hill Road.
Steel pan music will be provided by David Boothman's Sweet Lime and Passion Duo. Boothman is a celebrated artist and musician from Trinidad and Tobago. Food will be provided by Caribbean Feast restaurant in Rockville.
The celebration is sponsored by Friends of the Aspen Hill Library. For more information, call 240-773-9410.
Rockville Singers to perform Saturday at museum
Sandy Spring Museum's free summer concert series will feature the Rockville Singers on Saturday at 3 p.m.
An outreach group drawn from the Rockville Chorus, the group of vocalists, fresh from a performance tour in Germany, will showcase an international repertoire, including classic pieces, folk tunes, popular song and spiritual music.
Bryan Seith, music director at Sandy Spring Friends School, conducts the Rockville Singers and Dick Gilbert accompanies the group.
Two additional free concerts are scheduled. The Rockville Swing Band will perform July 9 at 7:30 p.m. and the Friedman/Wysong flute and guitar duo will perform Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Sandy Spring Museum is at 17901 Bentley Road. For more information, call 301-774-0022 or visit
Tips on leading
a healthier lifestyle
The Montgomery County Section of the National Council of Negro Women will hold a workshop titled "Planting the Seeds of Health" from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Casey Community Center, 810 S. Frederick Road in Gaithersburg.
The workshop, sponsored by the African-American Health Program of Montgomery County, is designed to offer tips on eating healthier and moving towards a healthy lifestyle.
Speakers will include Dr. Leslie Cooper of the U.S. Public Health Service; Tracye McQuirter, author of "By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight and Look Phat," who also will sign books; and "From Greens to Grains" cooking demonstration/food tasting.
The workshop is free and open to all, but space is limited. For more information, call Patricia Grant at 301-460-7546.
Rockville Scholarship Foundation announces 2010-2011 recipients
The Rockville Scholarship Foundation awarded grants to four students this spring.
Each scholarship winner received $2,000 towards higher-education costs at the academic institution of his or her choice. The recipients include:
-Diana Lugo of Silver Spring, a Montgomery College student majoring in early education with a focus on special education and Spanish. She is a single parent with two teenaged daughters.
-Marianne Mullan of Rockville, who graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Montgomery College and has received numerous awards and honors including being a six-time recipient of the U.S. President's Gold Volunteer Service award for completion of almost 1,200 hours of community service. She will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, this fall for a degree in mental health.
-Daniel Veizaga-Udaeta of Montgomery Village, who is a Montgomery College student majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. He is a native of Bolivia and plans to become a dentist.
-Ana Beatriz Ordonez of Rockville, who graduated from Rockville High School this month and plans to attend the University of Maryland, College Park, to major in education. She was a volunteer at Maryvale Elementary School as part of the Hispanic Outreach program, an honor roll student and a member of the girls' junior varsity soccer team and school newspaper.
Created in 1985 as a not-for-profit organization, the Rockville Scholarship Foundation is a partnership between the City of Rockville, Rockville Chamber of Commerce and Montgomery College. It has awarded more than 150 scholarships totaling nearly $200,000.
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