Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008

Storyteller to take tall tales on the road

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Chevy Chase resident and professional storyteller Ellouise Schoettler will be taking her tall tales on the road this fall, but county residents can get a preview when she performs in Kensington next month.

Schoettler will kick off the third season of storytelling from7:30-9 p.m., Sept. 3, at the Kensington Row Book Shop, located at 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington. She will be performing stories that she will be performing out of town in September and October.

Schoettler has been selected as one of four regional tellers to join the national-teller lineup at the fifth annual Williamsburg Storytelling Festival and she will be a headliner at the first Grand Rivers Storytelling Festival in Grand Rivers, Ky., later this fall.

The original stories, which are meant for grown-ups, talk about family and personal life.

"Fifteen years ago my family stories were mostly about my parents and their ‘old days,'" Schoettler said in a statement. "Today, at 72, my stories have their own old days. Every day is a story and I count myself lucky to be having so much fun telling them."

Schoettler has lived half her life in Chevy Chase, but her stories are nourished by her North Carolina roots and have a distinctly southern flavor.

For more information, call 301-951-1213.

Student participates

in master flute class

Isabella Przygodzki, a rising senior at Walter Johnson High School, participated in William Montgomery's annual flute master class July 13-20 at the University of Maryland.

Admission to the class was by audition and Przygodzki was the youngest participant this year. The class culminated with a recital at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the university.


Judy Welles, the editor for Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter 258's Newsletter, received the 2008 Distinguished Annuitant Award from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Welles is also the author of a recently published comprehensive book on Cabin John, "Legends and Life of an Uncommon Place."

Back to school memories

What was it like the first time you (or your kids) boarded the school bus and left summer behind? How long did it take you to pick out the perfect back-to-school outfit? Do you have a plan for getting the best deal on school supplies?  Tell us about it!

The Gazette wants to hear all your back-to-school memories, from first-day jitters and disasters, to making fast friends with your desk- or office-mate. Montgomery County Public Schools open Aug. 26, so send us your photos and share your memories by Aug. 21.

Photos and stories will be considered for print and online. E-mail us at memories@ or write to The Gaithersburg Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877.

Chevy Chase resident honored through lectureships

Two endowed lectureships took place earlier this year in recognition of Chevy Chase resident Dr. Arnold H. Einhorn, professor emeritus of pediatrics at George Washington University and Georgetown University. Einhorn is also chairman emeritus of Pediatric Medicine at Children's National Medical Center.

The Arnold H. Einhorn, MD Lectureship in Pediatrics took place in March at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., with Baltimore Commissioner of Health Joshua M. Sharfstein as the featured speaker.

Einhorn joined Children's National Medical Center in 1978 as the director of the pediatric residency training program. During his 14 years there, it emerged as one of the nation's most sought after training programs.

The Professor Arnold H. Einhorn's Endowment Oration featuring Dr. Mirudhubashini Govindarajan took place in February at the Masonic Medical Centre for Children in India. The endowment lecture was started in 1994 to honor Einhorn's visit to the medical center.

The annual events were founded and funded by Einhorn's alumni from Children's Hospital and by former trainees from India.

Einhorn has trained nearly 1,000 pediatric residents over the course of his career.

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