Carroll County has its share of high-energy people NORTHWEST--Taneytown * Union Bridge *New Windsor * Uniontown


January 28, 1993|By JUDY REILLY

Maybe it's the country air or the wide open spaces, or maybe it's in the drinking water . . . but Carroll County folks seem to have more energy than most people I've met, and they've got to be getting it from somewhere.

Maureen and Ray Jenkinson of Uniontown Road are two of those high-energy people. They work together in the numerous family enterprises that keep them going around the clock -- raising ducks, geese and chickens, keeping a goat, cultivating flowers, herbs and vegetables, and making and selling one-of-a kind handicrafts.

Mr. Jenkinson has had an interest in birds that started when he was a child. His grandfather had a chicken farm, and his curiosity about feathered friends was launched. For at least 20 years, since he bought his first pair of geese, he has bred, shown and sold fowl at county fairs and shows.

He has been known to drop everything and drive for hours -- as far as Michigan or Illinois -- to buy an unusual specimen.

"Once I paid someone to go to Canada, in a snowstorm, to get some geese I'd heard about," he says.

Apparently he's not alone, for he makes a living selling exotic swans and geese to fanciers all over the country. And it looks as if he's passing the family interest onto his son Brad, 13, who tends the chickens and remembers his favorite pet -- a huge rooster.

When Mr. Jenkinson isn't minding the flock, or his wife isn't at her nursing job, they are busy creating crafts in the cozy cabin-like workshops they built in the backyard. Painted canvas dolls, all kinds of animals, bird houses, wooden display shelves, lanterns -- you name it, they do it.

Mr. Jenkinson does the woodworking part of a craft and some initial painting on a project, then Mrs. Jenkinson will finish the job. Specialty items include his welcome and tavern signs, and her dolls.

Lots of library research goes into their projects, and as a result, Mr. Jenkinson's work has an Old World look. Recently, he has spent many hours at the library, poring over old fairy tales and folk-art books to help his wife create her newest line of dolls, fairy-tale characters that look as if they just stepped off the pages of the Brothers Grimm books.

Mrs. Jenkinson's dolls are made with as many natural fibers as she can find -- cotton for the dresses, wool for the capes and curly wool from the family Angola goat, Nicky, for the dolls' hair.

The Jenkinsons began their craft enterprise about eight years ago.

"We'd go to these craft shows and say, 'We can do that!' and that's how we got started," they said.

The Jenkinsons' first craft show of the year will be at the York County Fairgrounds on Valentine's Day.


Burn up some of your own energy Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Community Center in Union Bridge.

Instructor Sandy Grable, who has been leading the classes for eight years -- "because I like to give something back to the community," she says -- claims that if you enroll, you'll be exercising to music during an hour filled with a warm-up, low-impact aerobic exercise, toning and a cool-down.

Classes start this week at 6:30 p.m. and continue until the end of April. The cost is $25. Mothers can even bring their daughters for free.

Information: 775-2434.


Super Bowl enthusiasts who want to watch the game with a gang can attend a Super Bowl party at the Union Bridge Fire Company. It's a bull and oyster roast that starts two hours before kick-off. The cost is $25 per person.

Information: 775-7830.


If you're too tired to cook next Wednesday, head over to Taneytown for a Family Style Pot Pie Dinner at the American Legion Post on Broad Street. The food will be served starting at 4 p.m. The cost is $4.50 for adults, $2 for children age 5 to 10.

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