Party place opens in Hampstead as A Grand Affair occupies old mill NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro


December 02, 1992|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Forget the balloons and streamers. Throw a really elegant party this year.

Hampstead has the place to do it. In the old mill at 4041 Gill Ave., Larry Kreseski has fashioned A Grand Affair, a banquet facility richly decorated in the manner of an English country home.

"It's a touch of class," said Mr. Kreseski, his warmth sparkling like the room's brass chandeliers.

The first party, to celebrate grand affairs to come, is on Sunday. Everyone in the community is invited to drop in for beverages and fancy finger foods from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (A note about the glass front door, seemingly behind the mill: Drive or walk down the tiny alley off Gill Avenue.)

Guests will not feel lost at this party. Mr. Kreseski's wife, Cindy, chose forest green wainscoting, cream painted walls stenciled with floral garlands, and rose-printed wallpaper accents. She gave the banquet hall the warm feeling of a living room enlarged to fit 200. Handicapped facilities are within.

Their design of the bridal suite will mellow complaints of the toughest in-laws. It's a restful room carpeted in mint with full bath, mirrored wall and two plump love seats.

Mr. Kreseski thoughtfully kept the wooden dance floor and increased the airy feeling with a mirrored wall. Carpet leads from the entrance to a buffet room and over to the full-service beverage bar.

He's neatly tucked in a full restaurant kitchen. Mr. Kreseski knows favorite fare and also creates custom menus. He has been a caterer for three years with his wife, who owns the Sunset Restaurant in Hampstead.

That catering mushroomed from the restaurant into Mr. Kreseski's idea for A Grand Affair. It's his own party place with a countryside flair, offering "limited but elegant banquet facilities," said, "for holding a class reunion, a wedding, or just a little brunch."

* A forest of Scotch pines will arrive in Hampstead Saturday when the Cub Scouts of Pack 790 begin their first Christmas tree sale.

The trees are growing just an hour away at Jones Tree Plantation in Monkton. Each 6- to 8-foot pine is $20.

"They're very fresh, and will be cut as needed," said Paul Kraushofer, fund-raising chairman.

By Christmas Eve, the Cubs hope to sell 225 to 400 trees while they gather around the fire barrel, perhaps singing a carol or two. They'll be on the grassy slope next to Ace Hardware in the Robert's Field Shopping Center from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $H Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

After Dec. 14, they'll start selling at 4 p.m. daily.

* Pack 790, sponsored by the

Spring Garden PTA, has about 50 members, in first through fifth grades, under Scoutmaster Elmer Anderson of Hampstead.

Money from the Christmas tree sale will be used for equipment, flags, merit badges and annual Scouting fees.

* Join the crowd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the North Carroll Senior Center as members hold their first annual Christmas Bazaar.

Like a treasure house of items cleverly stitched and designed, the bazaar features delightful Christmas ornaments and decorations handmade by the members.

They'll cook up some tasty barbecue, soup, and hot dogs to go with those famous homemade cookes and cakes.

Information: 239-6400.


At Shear Techniques in Manchester, hair stylist Kim Brunner is growing a forest of green paper trees. Each $1 tree benefits the Sunshine Foundation.

The foundation is totally dependent on volunteers who help cheer up chronically and terminally ill children. In seven years, they've taken more than 1,000 kids to Disney World.

Drop into Kim's cozy shop at 3255 N. Main St. to add a tree to the cause. Shear Techniques opened in August. Look for the bright blue sign near Sheetz Market. You can park behind the shop.

Through Mrs. Brunner's distributor, Davidson Beauty Supply of Timonium, the trees and dollars will be sent to the Foundation's Washington Area Metro Chapter. They plan to take the kids to Disney World in 1993.

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