Eat, drink, gambol at Knights' bull and oyster roast SOUTHEAST--Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber


April 13, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

Easter is over. It's time to mow the lawn and plant trees, bushes, vegetables and herbs. Weeds must be pulled, perennials must be split, annual flowers must be planted and garden beds need mulch. It even sounds tiring.

If you're looking for an evening of fun to take a much-needed break, the Knights of Columbus have you in mind. You can dance, play the wheels, eat, drink and be merry at their annual bull and oyster roast from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 24 in the gym at St. Joseph's Church in Eldersburg.

"All you have to do is buy a ticket and come with a lot of money to gamble," said Jack Van Cleve, next year's "Grand Knight" and organizer of the Bull Roast. "The wheels will be going the whole time. We thought we'd try something different this year, and this sounded like a lot of fun."

A player can place a quarter on a favorite number on a wheel and see if it will come up. Or try his hand at dice. If lady luck is at his side, he will take home a handmade craft, baked goods, or even win more money to play with. Profits from the wheels will be used to support some of the group's charitable activities.

"This is one of our big fund-raisers," Mr. Van Cleve said. "We are a men's charitable organization. We do all kinds of things for the community, including offering a $1,000-a-year scholarship to high-school seniors."

For $19 per person ($18.00 for senior citizens), you can help support the scholarships and other good works of the Knights, as well as partake of the oysters on the half shell, barbecued and pit beef, oyster stew, crab soup, knackwurst and sauerkraut, sausage in beer sauce, cold cuts, salads, vegetables, beer, soda, chips and pretzels.

And you can dance to the music provided by a disc jockey lineup.

Information: Mr. Van Cleve, 795-6129, or Bob Mercier, 549-6756.

If you'd rather play bingo, you won't want to miss the all-day gaming the Knights are sponsoring Saturday. You can try your luck from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Slacks Road.

A light breakfast of doughnuts and dinner of chicken, ham and vegetables, as well as tea and coffee all day long, are included in the $35 cost. Non-smokers can breathe easy in the no-smoking room.

There are large prizes, including a $1,000 jackpot.

Information: Charles Campbell, 795-2551.


Neal Owings of Snyder's Auction Inc., will be calling the bids on virtually every type of household equipment and lots of memorabilia at St. Joseph's parish gym in Eldersburg from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday. Viewing before the auction starts at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the St. Joseph's Catholic Daughters, this Second Annual Charity Auction promises to be as much fun as last year's.

"We've had practically a whole household of goods donated to us," said Auction Organizer Carmen Plante. "Last year I got a silver tea service, which I gave to my daughter. It brought tears to her eyes."

If you're looking for some fun and a chance to find that antique or hard to find gift, join the crowd and the bidding!


It's time to ignore the rainy weather and start on this year's flower garden. If you have perennials to split and are looking to plant something new around your home, bring your overgrown flowers to the semi-annual perennial swap at Piney Run Park at 2 p.m. Sunday.

You'll find me behind the Nature Center with a crowd of joyful gardeners. It's a great chance to expand your gardening horizons, and we all learn a lot from each other. Admission is free; registration is nice but far from a requirement. Join us, rain or shine!

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