Not Just for Kids
An American Celebration Times Two
| Ride, Sally, Ride:
A Space Milestone
|Hurray for Independence Day!|
Astronaut Sally Ride was the first American woman in space. Fifteen years ago this summer, in 1983, Sally Kristen Ride took a ride in space. Sally spent six days on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
The young girl who grew up playing tennis and dreaming of becoming a professional football player also liked science. Besides sports, she played with a telescope and studied astronomy.
In college, Sally studied physics and astrophysics. Picking up a newspaper one day, she read an article that NASA was looking for young scientists for future space missions. Sally applied for the job, and the rest is history.
Sally's interest in science helped her reach for the stars. Today, she is a professor of physics at the University of California. As director of the California Space Institute, she encourages young women to study science and math.
On the fourth night in July, most people celebrate Independence Day. As my neighborhood celebrates Independence, my father has more to celebrate.
My father, Jack Brumbaugh, is also celebrating his birthday as my neighborhood sits on the community dock and stares open mouthed at the fireworks shooting across the Herring Bay waters. On the lucky year that the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday, I enjoy going to bed after the beautiful presentation of fireworks from Herrington on the Bay, knowing that tomorrow is my birthday. Bed is the end to one great day and the beginning to another.
Do you like math, science and sports? Here's how you can find out more about becoming an astronaut - or just learn more about space.
U.S. Space Camp -- NASA has camps for kids in Alabama, Florida and California. Over a five-day stay, learn what it takes to be an astronaut. Climb aboard a Space Shuttle simulator for a mission that you and teammates control. NASA also has Parent/Child Camp, and Adult Space Camp. Call 800/63SPACE or get more info on the Web: www.spacecamp.com
Read All About It -- Check out Sally Ride's book To Space and Back.
Peter Pan Stars Travel to the Second One on the Right
Kids starring the The Talent Machine Company's production of Peter Pan are flying high, and not just because they're on state. They literally fly in this summer pleaser, sailing across stage in special harnesses. The Foy Company, the original theatrical aerialists, flew in from Las Vegas (no, this time on an airplane) to Annapolis to teach the ropes of flying on stage. Peter Pan, Wendy and the others are hooked up in harnesses to cords attached high above the stage. Pulling the ropes from backstage are parents and volunteers. To fly right, actors must arch their backs, a tiring act.
"If we're going to have Peter Pan, they have to fly," said co-director Bobbi Smith.
See this magical show yourself at the Francis Scott Key auditorium, St. John's College, Annapolis. Tickets are $12 w/age discounts.
Show times are July 2-3, 9-11 at 7:30pm, July 5, 11-12 at 2pm: 410/956-0512.
Riding a Train of Memories Thurs July 9 & 16 (10-11:15am)-Ages 3 to 9 enjoy poems, songs, stories and games that celebrate "The Good Old Days Today," from early times of railroading to local resort life. Light refreshments and take-home activities too, at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum. free; groups 5+ rsvp: 410/257-3892.
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Volume VI Number 26
July 2-8, 1998
New Bay Times
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