What does one shop for on the streets of Hampstead? You might be pleasantly surprised to discover Hampstead's art gallery, its jewelry shop, its ballroom decorated with an elegant flair.
The place to discover many of Hampstead's businesses -- and nonprofit organizations, too -- is at the Hampstead Business Expo. Doors are open for the expo from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Feb. 26 at North Carroll High School, on Hampstead Mexico Road. This is the 11th annual expo.
More than 40 merchants and restaurants, members of the association, have indicated they plan to participate.
As in previous years, the Hampstead Rotary Club will serve breakfast at the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 1341 N. Main St. From 6 a.m. until 11 a.m., Rotarians will fill your plate with their homemade pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage, and fill your cup with orange juice, milk or coffee.
"We average between 800 and 1,100 people at the breakfast. We flip a lot of pancakes," said Rotary past president Steve Silberman. "Rotary Club members do all the cooking and our wives do the cleaning up. My job is coffee."
Breakfast costs $3.50 in advance or $4 at the door. All proceeds benefit the fire company. Call ahead for tickets from Mr. Silberman, 876-9092; or in Westminster at the law office of Patricia Silberman, 16 N. Court St., 876-9686.
"We're saying, have breakfast at the fire hall, and have your dinner right here [at the expo]," said expo organizer Dottie Wilhelm, who has put on four previous business expos.
The expo is like a walk through town, but under a single roof. Among those exhibiting in the cafeteria area of the school will be several hairdressers, Timeless Creations florist, Portasoft of Maryland water conditioners, and Carroll Chiropractic sports injury center.
You'll find Hampstead's long-standing family businesses, from Bob's Variety to the Family Pharmacy, side by side with the Gallery on Main art gallery and frame shop, Hampstead Gold and Diamond Center, and Sleepy Hollow Herbs and Gifts exhibiting their wares.
There's a travel agency, local liquor and wine merchants, and real estate sales to view. A Grand Affair, Hampstead's luxurious party place, and Bridal Elegance, a bridal accessory and rental business, will showcase their services.
In the restaurant area, you can create a movable feast. Stroll from Nick's Pizza to Subway to Maria's Restaurant, the hot dogs and nachos prepared by the North Carroll Band Boosters, baked goods and more, all in one place.
As in past years, nonprofit associations such as the North Carroll Public Library and St. Mark's Lutheran Church are granted exhibition space in the school corridors.
The business association will hold an auction during the expo; business association exhibitors are donating items. Proceeds from the auction, as in the past, will go to a local community aid organization. The auction of one previous year resulted in $1,000 donated to the Hampstead fire company.
The auction begins as a silent one. Silent auction bids are written and submitted by people attending the show. At 1:30 p.m., a live auction begins. For each item, the highest silent auction price becomes the starting price for the live auction.
Auction items collected so far include books, a book bag and stuffed animal donated by the library and an herbal wreath made by Sleepy Hollow Herbs and Gifts. The Haircuttery has donated a shampoo, cut and set; Carroll County Bank and Trust, an American Eagle dollar coin set; First National Bank, a coffee-maker; and Rittenhouse Fuel, its trademark fuzzy bear.
Free to all who attend the show is the Hampstead Business Association raffle. The grand prize is a color television with VCR and remote, valued at around $700, said Mrs. Wilhelm.
Entertainment begins at 10:30 a.m. on stage in the school auditorium with a performance by the Rhythm in Shoes dance troupe. At noon there will be a fashion show by Serendipity, invited to Hampstead for the expo.
Close to 120 businesses have been members of the Hampstead Business Association in recent years. The expo is still accepting business and community group exhibitors.
6* Information: Dottie Wilhelm, 374-2767.
The scent of whittled pine is following local cub scouts as blocks soft pine wood become race cars under the hands of Cub Scout Pack No. 790. The pack will hold its Pinewood Derby at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at Spring Garden Elementary School.
Every cub in the pack, and two groups of Tiger Cubs, received official pinewood derby car kits in December. Two months later, almost 60 cars are ready for paint, decals, waxing -- and the weigh-in.
Rules of the race say each car can weigh only 5 ounces. Two days before official weigh-in, pack leaders will man an informal weigh station at the North Carroll Public Library, on Hanover Pike opposite the North Carroll Shopping Center, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16.
The official weigh-ins are during the pack meeting Friday evening.