Manchester is the Saturday place for Christmas festivals School, churches to sponsor bazaars


November 17, 1993|By PAT BRODOWSKI

If you're looking for holiday spirit, write "Manchester" on your calendars for Saturday.

Follow the red banner to "Christmas on York Street" at Manchester Elementary School.

Over on Park Avenue, "Winterfest," a traditional favorite, will be held at St. Bartholomew's parish hall.

That evening, "East Meets West," a photo show and sale, will be at Trinity Church of Christ, at Church and York Streets.

It's the first time the Manchester Elementary PTA has held

"Christmas on York Street" at the school. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can browse through 49 crafts, from hand-painted china to music boxes and lawn ornaments. Outside the school, watch and talk with a blacksmith and beekeepers showing their talents.

Manchester Elementary is at 3224 York St.

2& Information: 374-9240 or 374-4401.


Winterfest at St. Bartholomew's is as much a part of Manchester holidays as trimming the tree.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, every nook of the Parish Center, at 3071 Park Ave., will be packed with handmade crafts, food, religious articles, fall harvest jellies, relish, plants, lots of baked goods, plus games, raffles and things children enjoy, including a visit from Santa.

A highlight of Winterfest is the Rev. Martin Demek's bread dough ornaments, which have become a local collectible.

Every year, he introduces a new design or two to the 20 or so he's already produced.

From gingerbread houses to Daisy Duck, each cookie-style ornament is painted and glazed. Father Demek signs and dates them, too, because many become gifts to church volunteers.

Winterfest is a haven for children where they'll find a shop of their own, face painting, and the youth group standing by to help them color a mug and make holiday ornaments.

When everyone sings "Jingle Bells" at noon Saturday, you know Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive.

"Usually, children are waiting because they know where he'll sit," said Lynn Szymanski. "We offer pictures with Santa at a reasonable price."

Mrs. Szymanski coordinates the religious education program at St. Bartholomew's, which has 454 children enrolled this year.

Winterfest, she said, "subsidizes our program to keep tuition at a minimum so all families can [participate], and [it helps] buy extras, like video materials and a large-screen TV to help with parent meetings, things we otherwise couldn't offer the children."

Winterfest is sponsored by the church Care and Share group. The Knights of Columbus will offer pit beef, hot dogs and hamburgers. St. Bartholomew's is at 3071 Park Ave.

Information: 239-8881.


East Meets West when more than 100 color photographs go on exhibit and sale from 4 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Church of Christ, at the corner of Church and York Streets in Manchester.

Scenes captured range from the rugged earth and dry adobe of New Mexico to the lush farms and water-worn structures of North Carroll.

"Come see the rugged beauty of the Southwest contrasted by the serenity of Hampstead and Manchester," says Llayne Padget of Manchester. She and fellow photographer Lisa Merkey of Baltimore work in the airline industry. Both have captured the world through the eyes of their cameras.

"Why not bring it home and show everyone else?" decided Ms. Merkey, who was published in "Who's Who in Photography," the list of top 100 amateur photographers in the world sponsored by the International Freelance Photographers Association. She prints the color 5-by-7 and 11-by-14 photographs herself.

When Mrs. Padget moved to Manchester about a year ago, Ms. Merkey visited often, finding farms, fields, barns and animals exciting subjects.

"The wood up there is beautiful. The grain in the wood is unreal," says Ms. Merkey. "We both loved the Southwest and have visited on numerous occasions. So I said, 'Let's contrast it with here, they're both so beautiful.' "

Drop by the study hall area of Trinity Church for tea and finger cookies, and some splendid views of the familiar and the far away.

Trinity United Church of Christ is at 3229 York St.

& Information: 374-2727.


How can 6-year-olds help Friends for Flood Relief?

"We're giving these to people who had a flood," said Laura McNally, dangling a seashell painted with red and gold glitter.

It's a Christmas ornament for someone in the Midwest, someone whose holiday trinkets probably washed away in the Mississippi flood.

Laura is one of 14 Brownies who decorated the shells and attached a short message which reads, "I am 6 years old and a Brownie from Troop 1902 of Central Maryland. I wish you a very Merry Christmas."

The girls decorated the shells during a recent visit to the Hampstead firehouse, where they toured emergency vehicles.

They also recorded their blood pressure and pulse, plus weight, height and age as a Brownie project that involved describing themselves in numbers.

In return for the assistance by Hampstead Fire volunteers, members of the Brownie troop will soon become "victims."

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