Carnival is finale for Lions' first woman president SOUTHEAST--Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield


June 04, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

When the brilliant lights of the Mount Airy Lions Carnival brighten evening skies over Ridge Road, the six days of food and frolic -- Monday through Saturday -- will signal the end of a successful term for the local Lions Club's first female president.

Tamra Clum Barton is no stranger to success in a position traditionally held by men. The 1978 graduate of Linganore High School is the owner of TLC's Barber Shop in Mount Airy, where business "has doubled" since she started in 1978.

Crediting her shop's increase in patrons to "word of mouth," Mrs. Barton said that encouraging words from Jim Glazier, a customer and past Mount Airy Lions Club president, prompted her to become the first woman inducted into the service club.

"I joined because I just hated to see anyone in need and not be able to be helped," said Mrs. Barton.

She said four other women joined the organization a few days after she did.

Mrs. Barton's final duty in her one-year term as president is chairing the 1993 carnival, the Lions Club's only fund-raiser.

"This carnival means that we can take this money and really help our community," she said.

"This past year we've given out four hearing aids, 15 pairs of new glasses and eye exams for the needy around town, and helped buy food for Christmas baskets."

Proceeds from the 1992 event allowed the Lions to increase their donations to two scholarship programs, as well as to the Lions' Leader Dog Program and Vision Research Center.

"We also donated money for a new heart monitor for the [Mount Airy Fire Company's] EMS vehicle," Mrs. Barton said.

"Our new community service project was our fishing tournament on May 8. I'm very proud of president-elect Jay Fulmer and the rest of the Lion members who shared their time and talent to make this a wonderful event."

She said more than 40 children competed in four age categories.

The carnival will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

Rides will be provided by Rosedale Attractions and Shows Inc. of Baltimore. Patrons may ride all night for $7 on Monday and Wednesday. Discount coupons, worth $2 are available locally.

The roster of on-stage entertainment, which begins each evening at 7 p.m., includes Spectrum on Monday, Roll the Dice on Tuesday, On The Border on Wednesday, Stray Country on Thursday, Cindy Astlin on Friday and Young Guns on Saturday.

The Lions also will hold bingo every night and a 50-50 raffle with a guaranteed pot of $500.

Featured fare will include crab soup, crab cakes and hot sausages with green peppers and onions, prepared by the Quail Ridge Inn of Mount Airy. Hot ham sandwiches, hamburgers and pita pizza also will be sold at carnival booths.

Clear skies and great crowds during carnival week will provide the perfect ending to Mrs. Barton's presidency.

"I've had a wonderful year," she said. "I'm very proud of all the Lions members who have made my term exceptional."

For more carnival information, call (301) 829-LION.


Fire prevention will be the topic today when Stephanie Cacopardo visits the Mount Airy Senior Center.

Ms. Cacopardo, a volunteer at the Mount Airy Fire Company, will speak to the seniors at 1 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

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