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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Three Democratic Candidates Host An Irish Inspired Arts "Friendraiser" Event June 24th at 6:30pm

Don Dunn, who is running for County Council in the 5th District, Dave "OZ" Osmundson, who is running for District 9A House of Delegates seat and Richard Corkran, who is running for State Senate in District 9, are hosting a “Friendraiser” event on June 24th at 6:30pm. The event will be held at the Howard County Conservancy, which is located at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. They call this event a “Friendraiser” because the candidates are offering this event which celebrates the performing arts as act of friendship to the community.

Dunn, Osmundson and Corkran have arranged to have Joan McCready perform her one act play "Coole Lady", Richard McCready play Irish music and The Teelin Dancers perform Irish dance.

The one-act play "Coole Lady" combines dramatic intensity with graceful elegance and is a play about Lady Gregory (1852-1932), co-founder of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. George Bernard Shaw called her “The greatest living Irishwoman.” The play is performed by Joan McCready, a Belfast woman who now makes her home in Baltimore. "Coole Lady" was first performed at the Yeats International Summer School in 2003 and was on tour in Ireland in 2004, Off-Broadway and Baltimore in 2005, and again in Ireland in 2006. The play was written by her husband Sam McCready, who is a well known actor and director in Ireland.

Richard McCready teaches music in Howard County at Mayfield Middle School and plays a wide variety of musical instruments. He is as much a performer as his mother Joan and his father Sam.

The Teelin Dancers are nine lovely high school females who give an energetic performance much like River Dance. They’ve performed often throughout the area and I’m sure you will love them.

If you are interested in attending, send a check for $30 dollars to Oz for 9A, 575 Deer Hill Road, Sykesville, MD 21784 or pay at the door.

Also, you can bring you own wine or beer.

Directions: From I-70 exit north on Marriottsville Road (Exit 83) and turn right at the stoplight onto Route 99 (Old Frederick Road). Go east about 2 miles and you’ll see the Woodstock Post Office on the right. The next left is 10520 Old Frederick Road. The Howard County Conservancy is in a rural setting far from the road and has a gravel road entrance.