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Hello Hornets!

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT AND SURRATTSTOCK PERFORMERS TEAM-UP FOR GREAT CAUSE. Christmas in April of Prince George's County, headed by Foundation Achievement Award recipient Mary Kucharski (76), will feature Surrattstock performers Old But Not Cold at its annual dinner dance on February 21, from 5:30 - 11 p.m., at the Moose Lodge at 10404 Brandywine Road, Clinton. (This year, the organization has selected 100 homeowners for its program.) Information on tickets to this great event for a great cause, which are only $15, is available at 301-868-0937.
Admission includes dinner plus the outstanding music of OBNC, and a cash bar will be available. A silent auction, raffles and other games of chance will be offered.

2. ... AND SPEAKING OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS. Some of you may have seen the nice article on the front page of the Baltimore Sun Travel Section of January 25, 2004 entitled "Drawn to the Shore". The article profiled various Eastern Shore artists and contained this nice quote about Achievement Award recipient Kevin Fitzgerald (71): "The painter Kevin Fitzgerald, emerging as one of the top artists in the Mid-Atlantic, has developed into a great success story."
Congratulations to Kevin on this very nice press!

3. HORNET CHEF FEATURED ON CBS. I recently received an email from
Pamela McIntyre Shooks (63), reporting that fellow classmate Patrick O'Connell (63), chef and co-owner of the Inn at Little Washington in Northern Virginia, was featured on the CBS Sunday Morning show on Sunday, November 23, 2003. Some of you may recall that we've mentioned Patrick in a prior e-Notice because of the very good press he and his restaurant received in Washington. It's nice to know that Patrick's fame is now nationwide! Congratulations, Patrick!

4. FOUNDATION BENCHES INSTALLED IN COURTYARDS. Last year, an important Foundation project was the revival, led by a dedicated team of parent and student volunteers, of the two courtyards at the School. This project was just completed by the installation of bench/table combinations in the smaller (former "senior") courtyard at the School.
(The generosity of the annual campaign donors listed below made this Foundation gift possible.) The courtyard is now enjoyed by seniors and honors students. Congratulations to '06 parent Theresa Richmond and her crew on a job very well done!

5. HUBCAPS UPDATE. Two items concerning Y2K Reunion performers The Hubcaps came my way this month. First, I saw a nice item raving about The Hubcaps and announcing that, as part of their 30th anniversary tour, they will be playing the May 7 fund raising event for the Monongalia Health System in Morgantown, WV. Second, I received this nice email from Leslie St. Clair (70): "Hey Henry: Happy New Year! Beth Horton, Terry Zinneman Antonioli, Vince Antonioli, Mike Sprouse and I attended The Hubcaps Post New Year's Party at Martin's Crosswinds on January 2.
As always, these guys were awesome. They announced that there will be a Hubcaps 30th anniversary dance at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt sometime this Spring to commemorate that occasion. It will be listed on their schedule on their website ( as soon as the date is confirmed. They have some CDs for sale on the website and I can vouch for them all; they're excellent! Talk to you soon, Leslie"
Congratulations to Dale "Rocky" Simon (69), Jimi Simon (71) and the rest of The Hubcaps on 30 years of fabulous music-making!

6. CLASSES OF 78 AND 79 PLAN REUNION. The Classes of 1978 and 1979 are planning a joint 25 Year/26 Year Reunion. Interested alum should be sure to get their current email addresses to Sandy Pelletier Richnafsky(79), at, W: 301-855-6430 or Cell:
240-843-1945, or to Jeanne Hoffman (78), at

7. PRINCE GEORGE'S HISTORY. The Prince George's Extra section of the Thursday, January 22, 2004 Washington Post ran a profile on Capitol Rock author Mark Opsasnick and his latest book, Miscellaneous and Unknown.
You can view the article by going to and clicking on either "Washington Post article" or "Latest News." Mark's past books have provided fascinating glimpses into the 20th century history of P.G.
County, and have prominently featured many great Surrattsville musicians. Miscellaneous and Unknown promises to be another interesting glimpse into the not-too-distant past.

8. PRINCE GEORGE'S HISTORY, CONTINUED. And speaking of history, I received this interesting email from the Foundation's unofficial internet expert, Wayne Tatum (74): "Hi Henry: Now you can look up historical articles from the Washington Post at:

I couldn't resist visiting that site and punching in the word "Surrattsville", and the search located many interesting articles, including this one from July 6, 1892: "Tournament and Ball at Surrattsville. Article Summary: The Fourth was celebrated at Surrattsville by a grand tournament and ball for the benefit of St.
John's Catholic Church. Hon. Richard E. Brand, State attorney for Prince George's County, delivered the address of the day."

Something tells me this might be a great site for Reunion Committees looking for clippings from their era at Surratts.

9. SEEKING HORNET MUSICIANS. I received this musical email from alum and former faculty member Richard "Butch" Mortimer (57): "Hello Henry:
As you know, there have been some very good musicians who have graduated from Surrattsville. Many of them are making good money doing it, but right now I am looking for former band members in the Southern MD area who have put their instruments in the closet for years but might be interested in playing again for sheer enjoyment. As you know or might not know, I have been the director of the Southern Maryland Concert Band for the past several years. We rehearse every Tuesday night at Thomas Stone High School on Route 5 in Waldorf from 7:30 to 9:15 p.s.. There is no audition. It would be great to have some of my former students come out and get involved in playing their instruments for fun again. I have a few from the famous Oxon Hill Band but I need more from the famous Surrattsville Band. SMCB is a group of adults like many of my former students who haven't played in years but get their instruments out and really get hooked again. Anyone who might have the slightest interest should call me at home (301) 645-2784 or e-mail me at You would be surprised how fast your music can come back to you. Richard (Butch) Mortimer"

I know a number of the musicians who performed for the Foundation at Surrattstock wouldn't be the musicians they are without the inspiration provided to them in their school days by Butch Mortimer. (His musical influence on me dates back to my trumpet playing days at Tanglewood!) I hope some of you will be able to join SMCB for some musical fun.

10. TALES OF THE FIRST ALL CLASSES REUNION. Many of you were able to enjoy the extraordinary All Classes and Faculty and Staff Reunion events in June 2002. During my email correspondence with Butch Mortimer, the Class President from the Class of 57 (see previous item), I learned that there was a previous, and possibly even more special, All Classes Reunion of Surratts alumni. Here's an excerpt from Butch's email: "My class -- 57 -- was the 50th class to graduate from Surrattsville in 1957. I went to Surratts all 12 years. We had a 50th year reunion going back to 1907, the founding year of the School. Blanche Hurt was the lone graduate in 1907, and she was at our gathering. As it happened, her father who had been a doctor owned the house in Piscataway that my wife grew up in. It is a small world. Surrattsville and Clinton has lots of history."

If anyone happens to have any photos from that first, very special All Classes event, we'd love to have them for the Foundation's web site at Naturally, we'd be especially interested in a photo of Blanche Hurt, Surrattsville's first graduate.

11. AND SPEAKING OF ALL CLASSES REUNIONS... Butch's email reminded me that only 17 months remain until the next All Classes and Faculty and Staff Reunion over the June 25, 2005 weekend. Some of you will remember that a number of people were disappointed that they weren't able to attend the Y2K events, because they found out after the events, found out after all of the events were sold-out, found out too late to make travel arrangements, and the like. Please consider reaching out to your Surratts contacts and reminding them now to keep the entire weekend of June 25, 2005 clear for a truly special experience.

I hope you and yours are well, and enjoying a great start to 2004!

Henry Smith (71),


Pat Becker Oles (71)
Henry Smith (71)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Kristine Seaquist Easley-Agee (70)
Lee Pascasio (64)
Steve Profilet (71), in memory of Doris Profilet Coral Ann Kupfer (65) Carol Tisdale Whitsell (64) Richard Neilan (82), In Memory of Charlie Waddell Homer Revis (56) Joan Revis (61) Eileen Johnson Ford (75), In Memory of Charlie Waddell Anon, In Memory of Col. Francis O'Clair Robert Kane (68) Paul Monaghan (59) Helen Bovhjerg Niedung (54) Edward Jaffe (65) Scott McWhirt (71) Michael Cassidy (87) Suzanne Meilert Fields (71) Jim Turner (71) Barbara Misiewicz Bailey (63) Carol Fite Mothershead (65) Larry Mothershead (65) Melissa Gilcrest (69) Nancy Oursler Maynard (65) Tami McDowell Ayres (77) Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (60) Pamela Roundy Hicks (63) Lark Bergwin Anderson (71) Leslie St. Clair (70) Richard D. Duke (47) Victor Negron (71) Anne Noyes (Former Faculty) Michelle Wilson Block (68) Carol Kramer (71) Mike Gifford (84) Denise Hope (72) Vicki Forsht Williams (65) Peter Williams (64) Ellen Talbert-Miller (61, and former faculty/administrator), In Memory of Mr. Pryde Dan Bayne (71), In Memory of Charlie Waddell Jane Edwards Robison (54) Sherri Koch Gay (71) Pamela McIntyre Shooks (63) Andrew Grafton (74) Class of 65 "Rumble in Reno" Group



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