Seniors can show their creative side with arts and crafts at 4-H Fair CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


August 02, 1993|By CINDY PARR

This is 4-H Fair week in Carroll County, which means a trip to the Ag Center any day will provide an abundance of activities for all ages to enjoy.

While every day at the fair will bring a highlight event, there is one day when Carroll County senior citizens will have the opportunity to strut their creative stuff.

On Thursday, fair-goers will be able to see a variety of arts and crafts made by senior citizens in the Ag Center's Medford building.

Charlene Fischer, community services program coordinator for the Westminster Senior Center, said that many seniors bring a wide range of handiworks to put on display.

"This day is open to seniors throughout the county, and we encourage them to bring in anything that they have made that's current," Ms. Fischer said. "Last year we must have had 75 seniors participate. It's a nice day for the seniors. The fair gives us the space for a day and we set up all the beautiful things they made."

Paintings, needlework, quilting, ceramics, photography, fresh produce, jewelry and fresh-cut flowers are just some of the items on display.

All entries are judged, and each senior who enters an art or craft item receives a ribbon.

Bethenia Gallup, 74, of Westminster is excited about displaying her ceramic craft in the senior day exhibit.

"I have done ceramic work for quite a while, but this is the first time I have put something into the fair," Ms. Gallup said.

"They [the staff at the Westminster Senior Center] asked me if I wanted to donate something, so I brought in a ceramic fruit bowl that I made at the South Carroll Senior Center," she said.

Since she began attending the Westminster Senior Center two years ago, Ms. Gallup has continued to make craft items.

"I have made picture frames, jewel boxes and now I am working on a heart-shaped pin cushion," she said.

In addition to the exhibits, seniors will be treated to some refreshments and magic by Ray-Mond the Magician.

Judging will be completed by noon, followed by refreshments and entertainment.

"It's a great day for seniors," said Ms. Gallup. "I have been there every year, and I am looking forward to it this year."

For more information on Senior Day at the fair, call 848-4049.


The Union Mills Homestead Foundation and Silver Run-Union Mills Lion's Club will host the annual Corn Roast Festival at the Union Mills Homestead from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

The festival has been a symbol of celebration for more than 20 years. It recognizes a family tradition begun in the 1800s when a corn roast would be held to mark the end of the harvest.

Highlights on the menu this year will be fried chicken, sliced tomatoes, applesauce, rolls and butter, iced tea or lemonade, and all the corn you can eat.

Visitors will be able to take guided tours of the historic Homestead and grist mill throughout the day.

Adults can tour both buildings for $4, and those 12 and younger may tour for $1.75.

Separate tour prices for the Homestead or the gristmill are $2.50 for adults and $1 for ages 12 and under.

As a special attraction for Homestead visitors, the gift shop in the Miller's House will be open and stocked with such unusual gifts as stone-ground cornmeal, buckwheat and rye.

A variety of souvenirs also will be available for purchase.

The Corn Roast Festival is an important event for the Homestead and the Silver Run-Union Mills Lion's Club. All proceeds support the upkeep and restoration of this historic site and maintenance of the Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club Park.

For more information, call 848-2288.

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