Severna Park Moms Club Offers Social And Educational Opportunities For Local Mothers
By Laura Wiegmann
Becoming a mom is exciting in many ways. It changes a womans life forever, bringing joy and enrichment. However, new moms often feel overwhelmed at all there is to learn. Aside from adjusting to constant childcare, a mom may be staying home for the first time, sacrificing the social interaction of the workplace, or trying to juggle home and baby with professional life.
Joining a Moms Club is one way to help with these transitions; additionally, moms get to meet fellow mothers in the area. For those in Severna Park, the Greater Severna Park Moms Club offers social interaction for mothers and their young children, as well as opportunities to learn from more experienced moms.
GSPMC has been in existence since 1981, having originated as a part of the Severna Park Newcomers Club with activities for mothers and children. It grew from approximately 15 members to 50, and in 1983 became its own entity. Since then it has continued to grow, and now has 110 members. Both stay-at-home and professional moms are welcome, bringing diversity to the group.
The organization has a variety of different events on the calendar, depending on individual interest and availability.
For starters, there are daily organized play groups Monday through Saturday, allowing moms and children alike to get together and have a good time.
There are Kids Socials nearly every month on weekends. In October, the moms take their children to a nursing home in costume to trick or treat. At Christmas, they hold a party at the community center, and February brings a mother-daughter tea at Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis.
The next social for kids will be a barn party at Kinder Farm Park in May, to celebrate the end of school. In addition to the Kids Socials, a monthly craft day for toddlers is held at the Severna Park Public Library.
Because almost all of the time moms spend with their kids is kid time, the GSPMC helps create designated adult events. There are monthly meetings for adults as well as regularly planned Adult Socials. The monthly meetings sometimes feature a speaker on topics including home decor or photography. Other times, the meeting is an outing; an upcoming shopping event is set for Nordstroms in the Annapolis mall on April 10.
Past adult socials included a Halloween Party in October and a Valentine Social in February. Upcoming this year will be a brunch at the croquet match between USNA and St. Johns College on April 28. There will be a Chesapeake Bay Silent Auction fundraiser in May or June; details will be available as they develop.
The GSPMC also hosts book clubs, Bunco nights and a carnival in June. There are opportunities to help with service projects; this season they are planting a rain garden at Cisco Center.
Moms can get connected online by liking the Greater Severna Park Moms Club page on Facebook. To learn more, contact 410-647-4869 or 410-987-0467.