Autumn in Lineboro has at least three traditions: a Halloween parade, an auction and an indoor fair.
The volunteer fire company sponsors all three events, to be held Oct. 22 and 23.
There's plenty of Halloween fun brewing for the Oct. 22 parade, which will include judging of costumes for prizes and music by the Alesia Band. It begins at 7:30 p.m. behind the firehouse and progresses along Main Street to the railroad tracks and back.
"Kids from the community dress up to parade down through town," said David Dickmyer, who organizes the Saturday auction. "It's traditional. I don't know how far back it goes, but when she was little, my mother used to dress up for the parade."
Professional auctioneers Stuart Wisner and Nevin Tasto will tap the gavel at 5:30 p.m. for the annual auction of donated items. The auction is held in the rear building at the firehouse. It begins indoors, but usually overflows the building, said Mr. Dickmyer.
The auction is a Lineboro tradition that's at least 75 years old, he said.
"We accept donations all day Saturday. We usually get a lot of pumpkins, apples, and produce. We'll accept anything except animals. Yard sale stuff doesn't sell so good. We've had vehicles in some years," said Mr. Dickmyer.
The auction rambles until 10:30 p.m. or so, and usually nets the fire company between $1,000 and $1,500. During the auction, the raffle prizes are announced. This year, a $1 ticket will bring four lucky winners prizes ranging from $200 to $1,500 cash.
The fire company's indoor fair spans both days, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. About a dozen games of chance attract folks into the fire hall.
Food will be served starting at 4 p.m., and there's entertainment Saturday night.
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Christmas will come early this year to St. John's United Methodist Church, 1205 Main St., Hampstead.
On Oct. 29 and 30, you'll find the church hall wrapped in evergreen garlands and filled with plenty of nice crafts. The ladies of the church call their two-day craft fair and luncheon "Christmas at the Church." It's a nice way to rekindle the holiday spirit.
From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 29, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 30, the landmark brick church at Gill and Main Streets will burst with arts and crafts made by church members, crafts vendors, food to go and a bake table. The silent auction usually features some upscale items donated by area merchants and others crafted by members of the church.
Saturday's popular luncheon of seafood or chicken salad requires reservations for seatings at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
/# Call 239-7978 for reservations.
Every year, fourth-grade students at Spring Garden Elementary Hampstead learn to sew. Last spring, inspired by their drawings of favorite symbols of Maryland, art teacher Jan VanBibber collected their work for a queen-sized, white-stitching-on-white-fabric quilt, the champagne of quilt styles.
Carroll County's master quilters cheerfully joined in the daily quilting bee in the art room. Nancy Ogletree and Anna Ray Hunter, quilters from the Carroll County Farm Museum; members of the North Carroll Senior Center; and other volunteers joined Manchester quilter Pauline Folk in the project.
Years ago, Mrs. Folk said, "The love of sewing passed from mother to daughter." So she and the other volunteers adopted the Spring Garden project and the whole fourth grade, and helped children of the '90s learn to stitch.
Supporting the immense project were many parent volunteers, organized by parents Terry Lettau and Karen Chilcoat. They cut the blocks, traced the drawings, helped stretch the quilt on the frame, and organized the children and their individual sewing needles.
"I'm overwhelmed by such beauty for fourth grade," Mrs. Lettau said during the three-month project.
You'd often find Mrs. Lettau adding stitches between shifts driving her school bus routes.
Some days she joined her fourth-grade son, Kyle, who was already at work. "He quilts better than I," she laughed.
The quilt was raffled to benefit the art department during the school's first PTA meeting last month.
How does a sheep's fleece become a sweater?
If you're in second grade or older, the secrets of spinning wool will be yours to see in the children's department of the North Carroll Public Library on Oct. 23. Registration has begun for the 10:30 a.m. program, "The Spinning Wheel Goes Around."
Chris Peters, the branch's information librarian, will lead the workshop. "I'll bring a spinning wheel and wool from my own sheep," a flock bred for hand-spinning, she said.
Mrs. Peters began spinning in 1975 and has kept sheep for three years on a small Pennsylvania farm. Several were sheared Saturday.
"We'll look at what you can do with wool, how to make wool, how it's colored with dyes and give everybody a hunk of fresh fleece to see what it feels like," she said.
Tied into the hands-on work will be such books as, "Charlie Needs A Cloak," by Tomi DePaola.
Mrs. Peters will bring along sweaters and socks the she knitted last year from her sheep. She's also spun "odd things" such as dog hair, and may bring some samples of that, too.
"Children are easy to teach" about spinning, she says. "They seem to have an innate ability to have hands and feet going at the same time."
Registration for "The Spinning Wheel Goes Around" is limited to 25 children. To register, call the library at 374-1212.