In and Around Morningside-Skyline 
by Mary McHale 301-735-3451

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 & Show at Darnall’s Chance House Museum in Upper Marlboro.  Will it be a castle, a cabin, a candy shoppe, a houseboat, an Indian village?

Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in three divisions, and prizes will be awarded.  For adult entries: $100, $75 and $50.  For child & 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

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 & 9–11.  Now get out that gingerbread recipe.


County Exec Baker addressed the Camp Springs Civic Association Sept. 14 at Thurgood Marshall Middle School.

Rit Taylor is president of St. Philip’s Parish Pastoral Council.  Other officers are Dave Desmarais, vice-chair, and Suzy 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.

Former Morningsider Sue Stine Mason has learned she is related to Martha Washington through her mother’s Vaughan lineage.  She writes, “Martha is my 1st cousin, 7 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.

Coming up

Sept. 24: Community Health Fair 2016 sponsored by Council Member Obie Patterson, at the Southern Regional Technology & 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 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 polls to us are 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.

Changing landscape

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.

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


You’re invited to a concert Saturday, September 24, 2016 3:00 PM at Nottingham Myers United Methodist Church, Rev. Constance C. Smith, Pastor. The Cconcert will feature the Jubilee Majestic Concert Choir and S.O.U. L. Dancers. The address is 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.


Educator workshops are offered at Watkins Nature Center on Saturdays 9:00 AM–4:00 PM. Free admission, registration is required. Maryland Educator credits available for 15 hours or more for participating.  Space is limited. Call 301-218-6702 or visit for information or to reserve a spot. Address is 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774.


Contestants are needed for this year’s Gingerbread Show.  2016 show dates are November 25–27 and December 2–4 & 9–11. There are three divisions.  Adult Division: Individual adult, age 17 years & up.  Child Division:  Individual, age 8–16 years and Family Division: Group of 3–7 individuals of any age (1 adult/1 child minimum). Participants must register for the competition by Saturday, November 12, 2016. Entry forms may be obtained by calling Darnall’s Chance House Museum or visiting


Come out and do your Holiday shopping at the American Legion Auxiliary-Vendor & Crafter Show November 5, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  There will be food for sale (hot dogs, chili, BBQ, chips, sodas and water.  Raffle 50/50. Bring your family and friends. Volunteers

appreciated. Telephone number is 301-782-7371. Brandywine American Legion is located at 13505 Cherry Tree Crossing Road, Brandywine, Maryland.


Brandywine Legion Post 227 meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM, SAL Brandywine meetings are the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Brandywine American Legion Auxiliary meetings are the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM. New members are welcome. Members and volunteers are appreciated.  The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism.  The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.


 Register now for Bowie State University 5th Annual Bulldog Golf Classic Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Country Club at Woodmore. The address is 12320 Pleasant Prospect, Mitchellville, Maryland 20721.  New this year are lessons and clinics offered (Golf Pro Clinic: 10:30 AM and Tennis Pro Clinic: 1:00 PM). Registration fees per golfer is $150, per foursome is $500 and Pro Clinics is $100. Includes lunch and admission to awards reception. For more information: 301-860-4300 or visit the website at 

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