Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

A PLEASANT DRIVE LEADS TO TREASURES NORTH --

September 29, 1993|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Hot spiced cider, chunks of sweet, moist black walnut cake and the pleasant tinkle of flowing spring water will welcome visitors to Springhouse Crafts when it opens for five weekends in October.

Everything about this countryside shop is pleasant. The drive, for instance, from Route 30 to Tracey's Mill Road to the shop at 4932 Stoney Lane (second farm on the left), meanders over some of the most photogenic farming country in North Carroll.

The shop features items that show a handmade individuality not often seen at craft fairs, yet sold at reasonable prices. On sunny days, owners Patty Knott and Sylvia Pumputis tempt the happy browser with wares spread outdoors.

Mrs. Knott and Mrs. Pumputis began to show quality handicrafts a year ago. They were surprised to find people lining up to get inside the shop.

"We did unbelievably well," said Mrs. Knott. "It was so great last year, we reopened for May."

They've expanded to include Jane Duke's necklaces of Austrian crystal beads and Emily Mintley's brass boudoir lamps with patterned shades worked in stained glass. She also fashions waterlilies and assorted flowers in glass into trinket boxes and sun-catchers.

Sharon Dunn creates hand-beaded earrings and necklaces. There are Shaker-style pegged shelves, quilt racks and deacon benches by a local woodworker. Look for Phena Carroll's miniature Christmas trees trimmed to a theme, like the rare treasures tree I saw dressed in gold coins and rubies.

Returning this year are Jackie White's vests of richly colored fabric and nouveau earrings, Helen Johnson's napkin rings and recipe clips, dolls by Joan Harris, small wooden shelves and seasonal items by Terri and Keith Wentz, Phena Carroll's Christmas tree skirts and air freshener rabbits and Christmas Around the World items from Debbie Mace.

Ceramics, dried flowers, decorated hats and hand-painted sweat shirts are the works of Mrs. Knott and Mrs. Pumputis.

Stacey Pumputis has created treats for her elementary school peers. Nifty pinecone reindeer have been crafted by Jolann Knott, who attends North Carroll High; and her younger brother Michael has added his own painted birdhouses.

Barbara Kraft's black walnut cake from an old family recipe is a returning favorite. This year look for authentic Polish pastries by Danuta Bandula. Both are sold bake-sale style.

There are lots of small items, too, such as lace doilies, tropical fish magnets, herb wreaths, corn husk dolls and tin/wire ware.

Behind the hubbub, several new goldfish swim in the stone tub of flowing spring water. Last year's fish escaped to the farm pond outdoors.

Springhouse Crafts is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through October. Follow the large signs posted near Piper's Liquors in Melrose.

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Do you have a talent that can be shared with children? Debbie VanDeCastle, children's librarian at the North Carroll Branch Library, needs you.

While the library offers a multitude of subjects to read about, there's a leap between reading and doing. Mrs. VanDeCastle has discovered a bridge -- volunteers who can share talent and experience.

"I really think that as a library, we hold and organize information, but some of that kind of information is best given one-on-one," she said. "A book can back it up and support it, but there are a lot of crafts, for instance, done best if you have someone teach you."

Her experience bears this out. At the Scranton (Pa.) Public Library where she worked before coming to North Carroll, parents would approach her during story times. "They would say, 'I'm really good at this . . . could I share this with some kids?' " she said.

"One woman did knitting with kids in summer, one day a week. We did weaving and quilting. Everyone came for four Wednesdays in a row. The kids finished with a really beautiful project," she said.

At North Carroll this fall, a spinner and an astronomer have decided to share their talents. Mrs. VanDeCastle is looking for more volunteers for spring programs to take place after Jan. 1.

"The Spinning Wheel Goes Around," tentatively set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 23, will introduce children in second grade and older to the ancient craft of turning fiber into thread with a spinning wheel.

"Mysteries of the Night Sky" will take place Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. for children in third grade and above. This evening program begins indoors to "learn a little about the night sky and constellations," said Mrs. VanDeCastle. "Then we'll go outside and hopefully see some of the constellations and planets that are visible. It sounds like fun."

Contact Mrs. VanDeCastle at 374-1212.

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Most area quilters know Nancy Ogletree. Every Friday, she and fellow needle crafters meet in the weaving/spinning room at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Their club, "Just Needles and Thee" is open "to anyone who wants to know or learn any of the needle arts," says Mrs. Ogletree. "Bring a bag lunch and whatever you're working on."

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