As I write my first column, I would like to tell you about another first -- the Linthicum Country Fair, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. l3, on St. John's Field, at the corner of West Maple and Hammonds Ferry roads.
The idea for this fair came from the Brotherhood of St. John's Lutheran Church. It, in conjunction with 15 local non-profit organizations, will be providing a day of activities for the community.
Event chairman Laura West said the committee for the fair decided to donate l5 percent of each booth's profit to the North County Emergency Outreach Network. NCEON is a year-old organization that serves those in need in the northern half of Anne Arundel County. It is supported by an interdenominational group of churches and other organizations.
In keeping with the Country Fair theme, candied apples, homemade apple cider, lemon with peppermint sticks, cotton candy, lemonade, popcorn, pancakes, roast beef cooked on a spit and hot dogs will be sold. Fresh fruits and vegetables in season, along with a table of home baked goods, will also be available.
Two highlights of the fair will be the pony rides and the "Moon Bounce," an amusement park-type jumping activity for children.
The Linthicum branch library will treat children to a "Storytelling Time" and provide computers for a hands-on demonstration. The Arundel Hospice will offer face painting, for a small fee. Several children's games will be organized by the St. John's Youth Group, with prizes donated by area businesses.
A fun activity for the whole family will be "Make Your Own Scarecrow."
Participants are asked to bring their own clothes and pantyhose for this project.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department will bring along "McGruff," the crime-fighting dog, and will have a display on residential crime prevention. The Linthicum Fire Department will also have a display.
The Linthicum Elementary Parent Teacher Association will sell school cookbooks. Note cards printed with community landmarks will be sold by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights. The American Association of Retired People will have literature on their organization, and Boy Scout Troop 550 will operate a small Red Cross-type station.
Duck carvers and quilt makers will demonstrate their crafts.
The following organizations are also planning to participate in some way: Crestwood Homemakers, Crestwood Improvement Association, the Linthicum Lions Club, Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association, Meals On Wheels, North County Knights Parents Club and the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum.
Bill Smith, president of the Brotherhood of St. John's, is in charge of entertainment for the day, which will include music, singing and possibly a routine by the cheerleaders of North County High School.
Although many in the community will be able to walk to this event, parking on St. John's Lutheran Church lot will be available.
Restrooms facilities will be available in the church. In the event of rain, the fair will be moved to the following Saturday, Oct. 20.
The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights was the host for the Southern District Meeting of the Maryland Federation of Woman's Clubs on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Rose Restaurant.
Peter Raffa, director of development and public relations at the Providence Center, was the speaker at the morning session. The Providence Center is a center for developmentally disabled adults.
Raffa brought a sampling of the products the clients have made, products marketed at the center's Earthtone stores. He also spoke about the clients' many activities that help to make the environment better for all of us.
Lt. Margaret Josselyn, the first female chaplain at the United States Naval Academy, was the speaker for the afternoon program. She said her job involves many different kinds of ministries. Although her days are very busy, sometimes demanding, sometimes humorous, they are always fulfilling.
The Southern District of the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs consists of 12 area clubs that meet on a semi-annual basis.
At 10:30 a.m. today, the Public Affairs Committee of the Women's Club of Linthicum Heights will present a "Meet the Candidates" forum during its regular meeting at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum.
George Bachman, Democratic candidate for County Council District 1, and Gerald Starr, the Republican candidate, will participate in the morning program. Both men have lived in Linthicum for many years and are active in numerous church and civic activities.
In the afternoon program, representatives from the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association will bring the group up to date on traffic, zoning, schools, airport and light rail.
This is an open meeting, and guests are welcome to attend. A question-and-answer period will follow both programs. For further information, call 859-0174.